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David Wright is Having a Stealthy Good Spring

By Adam Garnett

Don’t tell anyone but David Wright appears ready to resume his role of superstar 3B for the New York Metropolitans. Amongst the drama of the Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran sagas, Wright is quietly having a very productive Grapefruit League campaign. As of yesterday, Wright was hitting .317 with a team-high 4 HR and 11 RBI so far in March.

Yes, it is nice to see that the power stroke appears to have returned (though let’s remember this is windy St. Lucie and not the cavernous Citi Field), but the most positive development I’ve noticed is where Wright is getting his base hits. As I’ve stated in the past, Wright is at his best when he is hitting the ball with authority toward right-center field and up the middle. He has been doing that with regularity this spring.

The evidence couldn’t have been clearer than in yesterday’s contest vs. the Nats when he went 3-3 with all three hits being rocket line drives. Two of the knocks were to the opposite field. Check out Kevin Kernan’s column in today’s NY Post, which delves into

how Wright has changed his approach at the plate entering 2010.

Last season, there was a noticeable uppercut in Wright’s swing, likely caused by the pressure of feeling like he needed to hit more home runs for a power-starved team. With Jason Bay now in the fold, Jeff Francoeur around for the entire season, and the power drain Citi Field presents now fully realized, the pressure for David to swing for the fences has been lessened. I expect Wright to once again to be the line drive hitting machine we have seen in the past. With his natural abilities and bulked up frame, it is likely a bunch of those line drives will turn into bombs, or so we hope.