After 1 1/2 seasons in the big leagues, Wright is already established as one of the game’s best players. In 2005, he led the Mets with 102 RBIs and 99 runs, and was their leading hitter (.306 batting average) and leading slugger (.523 slugging percentage). He led the team in on-base percentage (.388), too. And he stole 17 bases.
What else can he do? Eleven of his 27 home runs tied the score or provided a lead. He batted .298 with runners in scoring position, .307 with runners on base and .538 with the bases loaded, giving every impression that he has it figured out. His defense was lacking in the first half of the season — 18 errors, so he reassessed himself, slowed himself and made obvious progress, making more good plays and fewer errors (six) in the second half. All that, and his teammates have the highest regard for him. He teams with an infusion of other key players for a 2006 Mets club projected by many experts to battle for October glory.
David graduated from Hickory (VA) High School…Named New Jersey Sports Writers National League Rookie of the Year in 2004…Named the Gatorade Virginia High School Player of the Year in 2001…Also garnered Virginia All-State Player of the Year honors in 2001…Earned All-State honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001…Batted .538 with six home runs and 19 RBIs his senior year…Over his four-year career at Hickory, he hit .438 with 13 home runs and 90 RBIs.