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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby jsphlly » Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:12 pm

He's only 24. He's healthy. I'm convinced he just needs regular playing time. While he is slightly buried on the depth chart, some of the guys in front of him have spent some recent time on the DL.

It took Melvin Emmanuel Upton over 300 MLB ABs to get his BA above .260 and to hit more then 5 big-league HRs.

And not that he is a premier player, but 25 HR with a .275 BA at short is sure worthwhile, it took J.J. Hardy over 500 MLB ABs to get his BA above .250.
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby The Artful Dodger » Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:17 pm

I think Wood will get his share of PT. Both Izturis and Aybar have the edge on him given that they have better defensive range, but so far, Wood's hitting well this Spring. Too early to write him off just because he strikes out a ton, seeing how that he's only 24.
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby hybrid » Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:38 pm

Has anyone seen him play? He looks clueless on any pitch that isn't a FB that he can reach. He never seems to have an approach at the plate, and swings wildly at breaking balls like he has never seen one before. Unless he changes his plate discipline/gets an idea of how to hit, he isn't going to much more thn a low avg hitter with decent hr totals.
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby Ender » Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:46 pm

Hardy's low AVG early in his career was because he missed most of his first AAA season with a shoulder injury and for some strange reason the Brewers started him in the majors anyway. It was an abysmal first half of the year because of it but he has been pretty much the same hitter he is now since the all star break of his rookie year. Not sure that is the best comparison.

Wood will be in my fringe player list, guy worth drafting with one of my last picks.
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby AussieDodger » Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:05 pm

Ender wrote:Wood will be in my fringe player list, guy worth drafting with one of my last picks.


Yep exactly. ;-D
If he wins himself a full-time gig somehow he's worth a shot with a last pick.
Not enough contact or walks, but quality pop for cheap if you're desperate/out of other options. ;-D
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby JTWood » Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:36 pm

Yoda wrote:
Neato Torpedo wrote:I meant in terms of being AAAA players...heh... :*)

There's also the matter of his 26.8% MiLB K rate with not nearly enough BB to compensate. He's destined to be a lesser Reynolds at his peak unless he changes something, and fast. It's really tough to get away with that hitting mindset in the majors.


It is way too early to call him a AAAA player.

I think he's a AAAA player.
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby Yoda » Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:04 pm

JTWood wrote:
Yoda wrote:
Neato Torpedo wrote:I meant in terms of being AAAA players...heh... :*)

There's also the matter of his 26.8% MiLB K rate with not nearly enough BB to compensate. He's destined to be a lesser Reynolds at his peak unless he changes something, and fast. It's really tough to get away with that hitting mindset in the majors.


It is way too early to call him a AAAA player.

I think he's a AAAA player.


Yeah and you can based this on less than 200 ABs. You are awesome. ;-D
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby MasterX1918 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:40 pm

Wood still has boat loads of potential
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby Syfo-Dyas » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:16 pm

The Artful Dodger wrote:I think Wood will get his share of PT. Both Izturis and Aybar have the edge on him given that they have better defensive range, but so far, Wood's hitting well this Spring. Too early to write him off just because he strikes out a ton, seeing how that he's only 24.


Izturis and Aybar are no concern. They will share time at short.
Wood is probably better at 3b.
But with Figgins in the lineup for sure, Figgins could play some 2b, when Kendrick gets his rest, or CF, while Vlad and Abreu gets some DH duty. And when Kendrick, Figgins, Vlad and Abreu plays D, he can DH.
So I think, with Matthews recovering from knee surgery, his playing time will depend on how he hits compared to Rivera, or Morales.
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Re: Brandon Wood

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:33 pm

Yoda wrote:
JTWood wrote:
Yoda wrote:
It is way too early to call him a AAAA player.

I think he's a AAAA player.


Yeah and you can based this on less than 200 ABs. You are awesome. ;-D

Well, sure I do. At this point in time, he's a AAAA player.

Maybe later he won't be, but right now... ;-D
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