Did Vandy's Kyle Wright just save his draft slot?

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Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright came into the year as one of maybe six candidates to go first overall in the amateur draft, but inconsistent results the first eight weekends had caused teams to view him as more of an early first-rounder but not a top-five pick. His outing on April 14 against Florida did a lot to reverse his slide, and he looked every bit the part of a No. 1 overall pick.

Wright pitched at 92-94 mph with his four-seamer all night and held his velocity through the game. The pitch has some glove-side run but no sink, and he was very effective pitching to the edges of the strike zone and elevating it when he needed to get it above the barrel.

His slider was his out pitch, anywhere from 81-86 mph, and he threw it for strikes and out of the zone for chases, with good tilt. He threw just a couple of mid-80s changeups, preferring to go to the slider against left-handed batters, either throwing it to their back feet or going for the backdoor strike.