Areas to Improve Upon
We’ve already gone over three things Wright needs to do for a monster 2017 season, but let’s talk about this a bit more.
The obvious would be his durability, but his spinal stenosis is something you have to deal with. You can’t just wake up one day and have that condition out of your body.
That being said, Wright has suffered multiple injuries over the past few seasons that may have not contributed to that issue.
The other area to improve upon would be the strikeouts, something that has followed Wright around for his entire career. In his 13 seasons at the major league level — including his rookie season in 2004 & injury shortened seasons —Wright has exceeded the 100 strikeout mark eight times, including 161 K’s in 2010.
When he was hitting more home runs throughout his career, the strikeouts were more of an acceptance by people. You’d expect to strikeout more in today’s game when you’re hitting 30+ HR’s per season.
But in the past seasons when Wright’s power has lost its way, the strikeouts need to come down as well.