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Dayton's Ryan Wright, a Homestead grad, takes a throw at second base as the TinCaps' Matt Colantonio slides in Monday night at Parkview Field.

Homestead grad adjusts to Midwest League

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Wright in 2008.

Ryan Wright made his way to the ramp that leads to the clubhouses at Parkview Field when he spotted a familiar face near the TinCaps' dugout.

It was his high school baseball coach, Keith Potter.

"Any time you have the opportunity to come back to your hometown in front of your family and friends, a bunch of people that you know," Wright later said, "it's very exciting."

Wright returned to Fort Wayne as a member of the Dayton Dragons. The former Homestead standout went 2 for 5 with one RBI for the Dragons in a 9-3 victory against the TinCaps on Monday.

Wright has played in all 11 Dragons' games. He has a .286 batting average and three RBI.

"I've been swinging it all right," Wright said. "Early in the season, a lot of times you just have to make adjustments. I feel pretty good, I'm having good at-bats.

"There's 130 games left, a lot of time to make adjustments. That's kind of where I'm working right now."

Wright was a two-time All-State selection for the Spartans. He then spent three years at Louisville.

The Reds selected Wright in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.

"It's been a lot of fun. Every level you move up, the competition gets a little bit better," Wright said. "The kids this year are a little bit better than the kids you played the year before. It's fun to play in the Midwest where I grew up. I'm looking forward to playing well and back home."

Wright had a .298 average at Billings, Mont., the rookie affiliate of the Reds. He entered this season as the No. 23 prospect in Cincinnati's organization, according to Baseball America.

"Any time you're rated fairly highly in something, it's a pretty big honor," Wright said. "At the same time, it's just a rating. If I have a terrible year, there goes the rating. So it really doesn't mean anything unless you work really hard. I look at the rating, and I say I want to be higher than that so I'm working just as hard or harder as I've ever been."

Monday marked the first time Wright had ever played at Parkview Field. He had been to the park on just one other occasion.

After flying out three times, he came through with an infield single that brought home the Dragons' fourth run.

"It's all about consistency," Wright said. "That's what every player working his way up is striving for. Playing their best each day they come to the ball park. If I feel like I came to the ballpark and got better that day, then I accomplished something."

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