Wood will most likely start the year at AA and should stay there for most all of the year. I wouldn't expect a call up until next year and it depends really what happens with other players on the Angels.
I completely agree with you here. Woods will probably spend half a year in AA and the other half in AAA. This due in large part to his age, 21 as of 03/02/06, and the log jam that is in front of him. He'll get the obligatory call up in September but as of now he looks to share the same fate as Ryan Howard for the near future.
I'm not sure he will be a stud or not personally, I think the upcoming seasons will tell us more about Wood then his last season (call me a skeptic).
Its purely subjective but everything points to Wood being a future All-Star. By the age of 20 he already has a full year in low A as well as a full year in hi A ball with a handful of AB's at AAA. Not only did he lead the minors in HR's last year with 43 in 536 AB's ( 1 in every 12 AB's) but also had 101 extra base hits (the highest total in minor league history). For comparison sake, if you take Bond's 73 HR season of 2001 he had a total of 107 extra base hits.
Wood also set an AFL (Arizona Fall League) record this off season for most HR's in an AFL season with 14 HR's in 114 AB's (1 in every 8 AB's). He also had 4 HR's in one of his AFL games this off season.
If Wood was 22 or 23 when he put up the numbers he did last year then I would have to agree with the skeptics out there. However, being 20 years old and putting up numbers like these for a shortstop no less makes me believe we're looking at a future stud.
I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that he also cracks the top three for BA's top 100 when it comes out in a few weeks from now.