Chase Wright Traded to Milwaukee Brewers

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IFebruary 4, 2009

I've been saying all along that if the Brewers were going to make a trade with the Yankees, I would want one of their young pitchers. I didn't really envision that player to be 26-year-old lefty Chase Wright, but whatever. Starting pitching depth is starting pitching depth.

Wright lost his spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster after they re-signed Andy Pettitte. He's produced well at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels, but struggled in the bigs. Jim from Bernie's Crew has an analysis about what kind of pitcher this guy might be for Milwaukee—

The southpaw projects to be nothing more than a back-end of the rotation starter. He relies on his control to retire batters, as his strikeout rate was a pedestrian 5.06 K/9 in Double-A last season. His walk rate is mediocre, hovering between 2.17 BB/9 in Triple-A to 3.24 BB/9 in Double-A. Chase features an 87-89 MPH two-seam fastball, along with a high-70s slider and changeup. His changeup is supposedly pretty good. Home runs are not a problem, as is evidenced by his 0.48 HR/9 rate, but Wright is predominately a groundball pitcher. He struggled with home runs in his brief stint in the big leagues, but that is too small of a sample size to make any real conclusions.

In exchange for the lefty's services, the Brewers have traded catcher Eric Fryer. Fryer, 23, had a nice season with the West Virginia Power last year, although whether or not this prospect will pan out is up for debate.

Wright will step into the starting rotation after Suppan inevitably gets injured or fails.