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East Carolina University's #12 pitches during the first inning of a game against Southern Miss in Clark-LeCLair Stadium Friday, April 29, 2011.    (Justin Falls/The Daily Reflector)
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East Carolina University's #12 pitches during the first inning of a game against Southern Miss in Clark-LeCLair Stadium Friday, April 29, 2011. (Justin Falls/The Daily Reflector)

Mike Wright headed to the majors

By Nathan Summers

The Daily Reflector

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When Mike Wright brought his family and friends to Tie Breakers Sports Bar and Grill to follow the Major League Baseball first-year player draft on Tuesday, he was armed with a luxury.

As the junior East Carolina pitcher and his entourage set up laptops to follow the picks, they did so already knowing for certain Wright was going to be picked. It was just a matter of when and by what team, and he didn't have to wait long to have his named aligned with a major league club.


“I just jumped up and hugged everybody around me, and my whole family was there and it was better than anything I could have ever imagined,” said Wright of his reaction to being drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Orioles, just days after he finished his season and collegiate career with ECU in a regional loss to St. John's.

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