Wesley Wright dealt to Tampa Bay Rays

Published 4:35 pm Monday, August 12, 2013

Former Goshen High School standout Wesley Wright was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.

Wright pitched all 286 of his professional games for the Houston Astros. Before the trade, Wright was the longest-tenured Astro on a team making a push to acquire more youth in its rebuilding process.

After being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft, Wright made his debut for Houston in 2008. Wright has proven to be the most consistent pitcher on a team with the worst record in baseball (37-80).

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In a post on his Twitter account, Wright offered his thanks to the Astros organization “for taking a chance on me five years ago and giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream.”

He went on to say “I am extremely excited to begin my career as (a Rays) baseball player.”

Wright was drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 amateur draft by the Dodgers. After spending five season in the minors, Wright was picked up by Houston in the 2008 Rule 5 draft and made his major league debut that season.

The left-hander would bounce between Houston and its Triple-A affiliate over the next three seasons, however, he has been a staple in the Astros bullpen since 2011.

This season, Wright is sporting a 3.92 ERA in 54 games. He has thrown 41.1 innings striking out 40 while walking just 16.

For his career, Wright is 10-15 on the mound with a 4.44 ERA in 239 career innings.

Houston will receive cash considerations for from the Rays for Wright who will make $1.3 million this season. Wright will be arbitration eligible until 2016.