July 2, 1996 |
Jaret Wright did not expect his summer diet to consist of blended beef stew, pureed burritos and cheeseburgers, Cream of Wheat and protein shakes. He also did not expect to have to suck up those tasty meals through a syringe with his mouth wired shut and a metal plate in his cheekbone. But that is what the Cleveland Indians' top draft pick in 1994 is dealing with after he accidentally walked into a practice swing before the Class A All-Star game in Rancho Cucamonga two weeks ago.
June 21, 1996 |
Former Katella High pitcher Jaret Wright is recovering at home after suffering a broken jaw in a freak accident before the California-Carolina League All-Star game Tuesday night in Rancho Cucamonga. Wright, Cleveland's No. 1 pick in the 1994 draft, was injured when he walked into a practice swing by Durham Bulls' player Ron Wright. Wright had surgery Wednesday morning at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. The surgery was performed by Mighty Ducks' oral surgeon Jeff Pulver.
March 27, 1996 |
At the far end of Home Run Park in Anaheim, beyond the snack bar, the batting cages and video games, is a shed--a broom closet at first glance. There sits the Clyde Wright Pitching School. In that tiny office--not much bigger than the outhouse from his childhood--Wright keeps his memories. There, with a thick Tennessee drawl, Wright will tell you about his life, from Jefferson City (Tenn.) to Anaheim, with a round-trip to Japan.
May 26, 1995 |
The test of wills between Katella Coach Tim McMenamin and pitcher Jason Stockstill has reached a new plateau. Chili cheese nachos. Sometime, when Stockstill least expects it, a rather nasty cleaning bill may be coming his way. "He says he's going to get me," Stockstill said. "He said it's going to be ugly." Said McMenamin: "Jason has to be the center of attention." You'd think stepping out of Jaret Wright's rather lengthy shadow would be enough for Stockstill.
August 5, 1994 |
Jaret Wright could have cracked. It would have been the easy thing to do. Wright had runners on second and third and no outs in the first inning. Normally, it would be no sweat. He'd just blow the next three batters away, just as he had done for Katella High School this spring. But this was different. This was for money. He was pitching for Burlington (N.C.) in his first professional game. People were watching, people from the Cleveland Indians' front office who had dished out a $1.
July 22, 1994 |
The Cleveland Indians put right-hander Mark Clark on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Jerry DiPoto from triple-A Charlotte. Clark's right wrist was broken Wednesday night when he was hit on the pitching hand by a line drive by Texas' Gary Redus. Cleveland's winningest pitcher, Clark (11-3) will be in a cast for four to six weeks. The Indians' first-round draft pick, pitcher Jaret Wright of Anaheim, is in Cleveland to sign his contract.
July 9, 1994 |
Former Katella High School pitcher Jaret Wright, the 10th pick in the June draft, has reached agreement with the Cleveland Indians on a deal that includes a $1.2-million signing bonus, believed to be the highest ever received by an Orange County player. And Pepperdine pitcher Cade Gaspar, a former Capistrano Valley High School and Saddleback College standout, isn't far behind.
June 25, 1994 |
Disappointed by what they consider feeble attempts to sign their son, the parents of Cleveland Indians' No. 1 draft choice Jaret Wright said the former Katella High standout will probably accept a baseball scholarship to UCLA. The Times Orange County's 1994 player of the year, Wright, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, was selected with the 10th overall pick in the June free-agent amateur draft.
June 8, 1994 |
Good baseball coaches understand their personnel, so Katella Coach Tim McMenamin knelt in front of pitcher Jaret Wright, gave him a congratulatory slap on the back and shared the news. Wright had been selected The Times Orange County player of the year. McMenamin told Wright about the award while the senior right-hander was stretching in preparation for his start against Servite in the opening round of the Southern Section Division I playoffs May 20.
June 3, 1994 |
Jaret Wright, Katella High School's hard-throwing pitcher, finally had the answer for everyone. Cleveland. Wright was selected Thursday by the Indians in the first round of the amateur baseball draft. He was the 10th player selected. "People have been buzzing around me all night and all morning," Wright said. "All anyone talked about the last few weeks was the draft. Everyone wanted the inside scoop." It had long been speculated that Wright would be a first-round pick.