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Baysox pitcher wins Stanley Black & Decker MVP


Baysox take care of business in 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game

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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie Baysox pitcher Mike Wright, left, and catcher Caleb Joseph represented the Orioles’ AA team in 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie Baysox pitcher Mike Wright, left, and catcher Caleb Joseph represented the Orioles’ AA team in 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Published on: Monday, July 15, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

Bowie Baysox starting pitcher Mike Wright took some impressive hardware home on July 10.

Wright led the Western squad to a 5-0 victory in the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game at New Britain Stadium in Connecticut. He won the Stanley Black & Decker Most Valuable Player award for delivering a win without allowing a single hit. He also notched a strikeout in his shutout performance.

“All-Star break was awesome. It was good to go out there, to compete with the other guys out there, who are really good. ... I just went out there and tried to have some fun,” Wright said. “It was a great honor to win the MVP, and I’m glad that I have that to look back on.”

Wright entered the All-Star game with a 7-2 record. In a 17 game-span, the right-handed hurler pitched more than 88 innings with an ERA of 3.86. He has struck out 85 batters this season. Wright threw for six innings, struck out nine batters and posted an ERA of 1.50 to defeat the Harrisburg Senators on July 6.

“That game I just definitely tried to attack,” Wright said. “I kind of shied away from that before, but I tried to do that and it was a huge confidence boost, especially going into the All-Star game. And, doing what I did in the All-Star game was an even bigger boost.”

Wright was one of six Baysox players selected for the All-Star game. Shortstop Niuman Romero scored a run, drew a walk, and hit a line drive single in the third inning. Caleb Joseph won the home run derby the night before the All-Star game, and the hits kept coming. Joseph hit a single, scored a run and had a batting average of .500 on two plate appearances.

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