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2/6/1987 (30 y, 17 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 12, Overall: 60, Team: Cincinnati Reds
$12M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018) + 1 Option Years
Wood and the Royals agreed to terms on a two-year contract Monday, the Kansas City Star reports. (2/13/2017)
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Travis Wood was passed over by Mike Leake early in the 2010 season. While Leake had beat Wood out for the No. 5 starter role prior to the season, Wood was called up in July and pitched well the rest of the season, including pitching a one-hit loss against Roy Halladay and the Phillies in his third career start. When the numbers add up, Wood should be ahead of Leake in 2011 -- likely in the No. 5 spot -- after a 3.51 ERA and 1.08 WHIP rookie season. Wood struck out 7.54 batters per nine innings while walking 2.28 on average, similar to his minor-league numbers. Wood was generally lucky with a .272 BABIP, but he was able to consistently maintain less than a .300 BABIP in Triple-A as well as a sub-0.80 HR/9. We may not see the last of Leake in the Reds’ rotation, but the Reds would be hard-pressed not to continue on the Travis Wood train. Like Leake, the 24-year-old lefty still has a lot of upside. If he gets 180 innings, expect a season-long performance similar to 2010. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Wood returned to rotation in 2010 and carved out a 3.51 ERA and 1.08 WHIP rookie season. He can strike out close to eight batters per nine innings, and, as a 24-year-old lefty, still has a lot of upside.
Whether the Cubs got enough from the Reds for Sean Marshall is a matter of some debate, but at 25, he still has some projectability left in his left arm. His Minor League numbers portend more strikeouts than he’s had when in the majors, so that’s something to look forward to for Cubs fans. The difference between his 2010 and 2011 numbers comes down to balls falling in: in 2010, his batting average on balls in play was .259 and his WHIP was 1.08; in 2011, his BABIP was .324 and his WHIP was 1.49. While there’s reason to believe he’ll be improved in 2012, it isn’t likely that his WHIP will fall all the way back to 2010 levels, so his WHIP -- and by extension, his ERA -- will probably fall within the extremes of his previous two seasons. He’s a player to watch on the wire if your drafted pitching doesn’t work out quite as planned, but he has shown too little upside in the majors to take on this level of volatility. (Dan Wade)
The Quick Opinion:
If he can strike out hitters in the majors the way he struck them out in the minors, the Cubs may have done well in this trade. 2012 should give owners a reasonable sense of what Wood’s value will look like going forward, but it will likely show a WHIP between 1.20 and 1.30 with a commensurate ERA, making him an average option at best
Before the Cubs' offseason splurge on veteran pitchers, Travis Wood had a shot at receiving an incumbent rotation spot, but now he may have to prove his late-season spike in strikeout rate was not an accident. The Cubs appear to still have faith their chief product from the Sean Marshall trade will provide them value, but fantasy owners only need to keep on eye on him if he can dominate Triple-A, or if he ends up as a high-leverage LOOGY. (
Wood was revelatory in 2013, and figures to be one of the more divisive figures heading into 2014. On the one hand, his 3.11 ERA was the 19th-best in the majors, and he managed to win nine games for the 66-win Cubs. Still, partly because he doesn’t have knockout stuff (a fastball that sits below 90) Wood will always have his doubters, and they’ll have reason to doubt his All-Star resume going forward. Due in part to a batting average on balls in play of just .248, a strand rate of 77.4%, and a suppressed home run rate of just 6.9%, Wood’s FIP and xFIP lagged behind his sparkling ERA (3.89 and 4.50, respectively). Those marks are not far off Wood’s career levels, however, so there may be more skill than some perceive in his stellar 2013 season. Either way, he’s sure to be a boom or bust pick in 2013, and (as always) the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. (
The Quick Opinion:
While Wood was one of the league’s better starters in 2013, a case could easily be made that the veteran lefty benefited from luck during his All-Star campaign. He’s a boom or bust player for 2014, and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
Travis Wood was never as good as his 2013 numbers (3.11 ERA), but he likewise may not be as bad as his 2014 performance (5.03 ERA). Problem is, with the addition of Jon Lester and re-addition of Jason Hammel -- plus the strong late-season appearances from Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada -- Wood enters the 2015 spring training schedule as a long shot for the number five spot in the rotation. Wood has enough talent to be at least a five, but the Cubs added pitching talent to the top of the roster, not the bottom. He does have a few things going for him: He is a lefty that gets an absurd amount of popups (which lends credibility to the notion of his being a FIP-beating outlier); he is out of options; and he is durable, making 30+ major and minor league combined starts in each of the last three seasons. Since he offers below average strikeout rates and only a decent ERA ceiling, most fantasy owners would be wise to avoid him if other options are available. (
The Quick Opinion:
Wood is coming off a terrible season, but has never had the peripherals of a great starter anyway. Oh yeah, and he's no lock for a spot in the rotation. His lack of options might ensure him either a bullpen or rotation role, but his fantasy value is next to nil.
Wood switched primarily to a relief role in 2015 after five years as a starter, and the change did him good. His fastball was two miles and hour faster than it was in 2014 and the percentage of batters he saw that were left-handed was about seven percent higher. And when he faced right-handers he was much more effective, possibly in part due to the extra velocity. Wood picked up three saves in the last two weeks of the season, so perhaps he works into some more high leverage situations going forward, though five other Chicago relievers had a higher average leverage index upon entering the game last year. (Brett Talley)
The Quick Opinion:
Wood moved to the bullpen in 2015 and unsurprisingly saw his velocity go up. That helped him be more effective against right-handers, and it allowed him to face more left-handers. Unfortunately, Wood saw few high leverage situations last year, so don't expect him to pitch in too many fantasy relevant situations.
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