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Jim Wright #52

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Full Name:
Jim Wright
Uniform #:
52

COACHING CAREER: : Wright begins his 18th season in the Rockies organization, his third season overall as the Rockies Head Pitching Coach...Wright returns to the role he held in 2013...he was also the club's Pitching Coach for one season in 2002...in 2013, Wright oversaw a starting pitching group that saw three starters with at least 20 starts each post a sub 3.50 ERA (Tyler Chatwood 3.15 ERA, Jhoulys Chacin 3.47 ERA, Jorge De La Rosa 3.49 ERA)...prior to returning to the role as Pitching Coach with the Rockies, Wright had spent the last four seasons as the Rockies Bullpen Coach...Wright oversaw the Rockies bullpen success that has seen a number of players thrive, such as Rafael Betancourt, Matt Belisle, Huston Street and Rex Brothers...when he served as the club's pitching coach in 2002 he helped guide Jason Jennings to the National League Rookie of the Year Award that season...Wright served as the organization's roving pitching coordinator for six seasons from 2003-08...from 1999-2001, Wright served as Colorado Springs' pitching coach...he began his career with the Rockies tutoring pitchers at Double-A New Haven from 1997-98...prior to that, he coached in the Phillies farm system from 1990-96, including part of the 1996 campaign as the Major League pitching coach as a replacement for Johnny Podres who was ill...got his start in coaching with the Cubs organization in 1984.

PLAYING CAREER: The right-handed pitcher was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1980 Rule 5 draft despite missing the 1979 season with an arm injury...made his Major League debut with the Royals on April 22, 1981...spent his final year as a player in the Cubs system and retired after the 1983 season due to arm injuries...threw two Minor League no-hitters (Auburn in 1974 and in 1975 with Spartanburg).

PERSONAL: James Leon Wright...Jim and his wife, Pamela, and children, Jim, Coby, Megan, Ben and Emma, reside in Peoria, Ill.

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