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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 82: Garrett Wright

A big-game, late-inning arm who could move fast through the system

Garrett Wright is a late-inning bullpen arm who could shoot up the affiliate ranks.
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Garrett Wright

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
220 pounds
Age: 22
2022 High Level Texas Christian University (NCAA)
Age relative to high level 0.0 years
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system 11
Overall 2023 NCAA stats 3-2 ⚾️ 21 games ⚾️ 29 innings ⚾️ 3.41 ERA ⚾️ 1.138 WHIP ⚾️ 36 K ⚾️ 16 BB

To finish out the 2023 draft, the White Sox brain trust went back to the well one more time and took another Omaha participant. This time, they got TCU closer Garrett Wright, who had a very productive three-year career for the Horned Frogs.

Wright’s arsenal is mainly just a fastball/slider combo, and both look like solid offerings. His heater sits in the mid-90s and peaked in the upper-90s with above-average ride, performing well in the zone and generating a Whiff rate 4% better than league average.

Wright’s gyro Slider had a 96th percentile Whiff rate, and that’s his moneymaker. It’s a similar pitch shape to White Sox ninth-rounder, Jake Peppers, so it’s a shape that the club clearly has targeted. It’s a sharp breaker that sits in the upper-80s, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the White Sox have Wright throw it more than he did at TCU, which was roughly one-third of his pitches. However, at the College World Series, Wright pretty much flipped his pitch usage rates and spun in a ton of sliders, and it continued to dazzle on the biggest stage.

Wright creates an uncomfortable look for opposing hitters because he does an impressive job hiding the ball behind his body before a rapid forward move to the plate. When you get a late first glance at the pitch with sharp, late break nearing 90 mph, it’s no fun trying to hit.

Wright’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Durability 100
Strikeouts 94
Hittable 88
vs. Power 88
K/BB 53
Walks 21
Team Winning Percentage .683

Wright was the last pick for the Sox, but could prove to be a really good one. Having spent too much on the major league bullpen over the last couple of seasons, pitchers like Wright (with recent Power 5 conference and World Series experience) can potentially move through the minors quickly. Although Wright has yet to pitch in pro ball, don’t be surprised if the organization is aggressive with his affiliate assignment by starting him in Kannapolis in 2024.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

82. Garrett Wright, RHRP
83. Duke Ellis, CF
84. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
85. Godwin Bennett, RF
86. Rikuu Nishida, LF
87. Caden Connor, LF
88. Zach Franklin, RHRP
89. Jeremy González, LHSP
90. Jerry Burke, RHRP
91. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
92. Mikey Kane, 3B
93. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
94. Tyler Neslony, LF
95. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
96. Jason Matthews, SS
97. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
98. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
99. Daniel González, LHRP
100. Elier Gil, C

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