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3/2/1985 (31 y, 11 m, 22 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 23, Overall: 23, Team: Anaheim Angels
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Wood was released from the Padres' minor league camp Friday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports. (3/24/2014)
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Year in Review:
If you're not an AL West fan but Wood's name still seems familiar, it's probably because you remember him as the 20-year-old shortstop who jacked a California League-record 43 dingers in 2005. Nor have his minor league numbers faltered much since then. From 2006 to 2009, Wood posted wOBAs of .397, .363, .405, and .387 – the latter three of those at Triple-A Salt Lake. The problem for Wood has been at the Major League level. Over 236 plate appearances, from 2007 to 2009, Wood has a line of .192/.222/.313 with the Angels, a line that isn't redeemed too much even by normalizing his .252 BABIP. The real culprit? Wood's plate discipline. The man has career walk and strikeout rates of 3.0% and 33.0%, respectively – i.e. almost exactly the same as Dodger starter Randy Wolf's 2009 batting numbers.
The Year Ahead:
Despite his poor Major League showings, the Angels appear ready to give the third base job to Wood. With Chone Figgins having signed with Seattle as a free agent and little existing in the way of internal third base solutions, Wood is the natural choice. The reasonable question to ask, though, is whether Wood will ever make enough contact to make it in the proverbial show. If you're one for optimism, there's this to consider: Wood's minor league strikeout rates have improved each of the last four years, from 32.9% to 27.5% to 26.3% to 20.7%. Also, Wood will still only be 25 at opening day. In terms of fantasy life, he's probably one to avoid on draft day, except as a speculative late-round pick. If he shows enough plate discipline – that, or if he qualifies at shortstop in your league – then he might be worth a roster spot. (Carson Cistulli)
Stay away. Stay very far away. Brandon Wood is not going to repeat his atrocious 2010, but he may not even get the chance. Wood will turn 26 before the season begins and, despite Major League appearances over four different seasons, he has shown little to no improvement from an awful stat line. Wood has power for sure, though playing in Salt Lake helps to enhance his reputation in that regard. What Wood does not have is any ability to avoid catastrophic strikeout totals. That leads to a very poor batting average and an inability to stick high in the batting order, which damages Wood’s chances to score or knock in runs even when he does get the rare chance to play. (Matthew Carruth)
The Quick Opinion:
Brandon Wood would be a great asset if his stats counted for your pitchers. In fact, if he’s in the Angels’ lineup that raises the prospective value of the opposing starting pitcher.
Where did it all go wrong for Brandon Wood? Who knows. It would be too easy to say that he was just a Pacific Coast League creation, but maybe that is just the truth. The Pirates have been the last stop for many an ex-prospect the last few years, but this was yet another dice roll that came up snake eyes for the Bucs. Wood did, I guess, manage to get over the Mendoza Line, but barring a stunning miracle, at this point he is just another cautionary tale for both real and fantasy baseball about the volatility of prospects. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Brandon Wood was one of the most hyped prospects in baseball five years ago. Now, he is struggling to find a team that will take him. You certainly should not.
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Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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