David Wright shares thoughts on Brett Baty, Mark Vientos ahead of tutoring them at Mets camp
Among the Mets legends arriving at camp in Port St. Lucie this week is David Wright.
Wright arrived Wednesday while the Mets were on the road, but plans on spending all day Thursday with the team. While there, he plans on working particularly close with third base prospects Brett Baty and Mark Vientos.
Wright, who worked with both youngsters last year at minor league camp, has been impressed so far.
“I like both. I was very impressed with their work-ethic and their questions that they had for me at such a young age. Very thoughtful questions from a couple of minor league guys when we were out there kicking it around at third base.”
While it certainly would be helpful having the former two-time Gold Glover work alongside them on the field, Mets manager Buck Showalter expects Wright’s off-the-field intangibles to make the biggest impact.
Wright shared those sentiments while speaking with reporters Thursday, saying that most of the advice he’ll be sharing with them “would have nothing to do with baseball and the game itself.”
“Going over the X’s and O’s and working with them on infield, they’ve got Lindor to their left, they’ve got the batting champ a little further over to the left, they’ve got plenty of guys to go out there and hone their craft on the field. They don’t need another set of eyes for that.
“What they need, is learning to deal with failure, that’s one of the biggest things with top prospects. They’ve never dealt with much failure, and sometimes when you do that in the big leagues, that can be eye-opening and counterproductive to their careers if they don’t know how to handle failure.”
Wright went on to share stories about how the preparation of both Mike Piazza and Derek Jeter made an impact on him during the early stages of his career. He’s hoping he can bring some of those things to the table for them.
"Mike Piazza on a back field at 7:30 in the morning working on his throwing. This guy was one of the best to ever do it, but that always stuck with me. The WBC with Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter got there and immediately went to the cage to do his routine and the preparation to get ready for the WBC. It was eye-opening for me.
"Those are the types of things that I think I can bring to the table for some of these younger players, especially the third basemen. Just how to prepare for the spotlight and the stage that is New York, but also making good beneficial decisions that will help your career, managing time, and just trying to go out there and be a good leader and team."