The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with one of the most tantalizing yet frustrating players in the entire Angels system.
Position: Starting Pitcher Highest Level: Low-A
Throws: Right Height: 6'4" Weight: 225 lbs.
Age: 22 Born: 7/11/90
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 127.1 IP, 5-12, 4.30 ERA, 125 H, 72 BB, 4 HR, 109 SO, 1.73 GO/AO, 3.73 FIP, .327 BABIP
Fastball – A-. On speed alone, Wood has an elite fastball (sits at 95-96), but the reason it’s merely an “A-“ is due to the fact that it has no movement and can be an easy pitch to drive if the batters can keep up with it.
Off-speed Pitches – A-. Wood has a wipeout breaking pitch that isn’t potentially plus, it already is “plus”. It grades out as probably the best in the system along with his fastball. I’ve also seen Wood use his change-up effectively and make opposing hitters look completely foolish with it.
Control – D. If this were an “F” grade I’d probably think he would have no hope at becoming a major leaguer. However, I’ve seen games where Wood stayed in the strike zone and simply dominate the opposing team. I’ve also seen games where he walks more hitters than he strikes out.
Command – C. Whenever Wood actually was in the zone, he didn’t miss his spots.
Mechanics – C. Wood uses his big body as leverage on the mound. He stands tall and delivers the ball at a downward angle, despite not having a straight over the top release. However, he struggled mightily to maintain his mechanics pitch after pitch and lost his release point far too often. Still, there’s no sign in his delivery that he should experience any arm troubles in the future.
Performance – C. It was a tale of two seasons for Wood. In the first half he simply reared back and fired. Sometimes it’d be a strike and sometimes he’d miss. This was evidenced by his 62 K’s across 64 innings that accompanied 44 BB and a 5.14 ERA. In the second half however, we saw Wood grow as a pitcher. He stopped throwing the ball quite as hard and instead focused on putting the ball where he wanted it. He struck out less hitters (47 in 62 innings) but he also cut his walks down to 28 and his ERA down to 3.48. Wood got away with this transition as a pitcher because throwing 93-94 in the strike zone is more efficient than throwing 97-98 out of the zone.
Projection – B+. If Wood gets his BB under control, perhaps down into the 3 per 9 inning range, develop command of his offspeed pitches and he continues to show a good feel for his changeup, he can turn into a solid #3 starter. Most folks realize that’s a lot to ask for though, and many scouts project him into a reliever rather than a starter. As a reliever, he’d basically become a Jordan Walden clone.
Estimated MLB Arrival Date – As a reliever, end of 2014, or 2015. As a starter, 2017.
(*As always, the above scouting report is provided by Scotty Allen of LA Angels Insider)no comments