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Brandon Wood's struggles carry over to Triple-A

Jun 10, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

Brandon Wood was placed on the disabled list last month in a move due partly to a hip injury and partly to the Angels wanting to send a player without a minor-league option to Triple-A. Wood is officially now “rehabbing” his injury at Triple-A and for the first time his big-league struggles are carrying over to the minors.
Wood has gone 6-for-33 (.182) with 11 strikeouts, zero walks, and zero extra-base hits in eight games at Triple-A, where he previously batted .290 with a .900 OPS in more than 300 games. Prior to the injury/demotion he was hitting .156 with a gruesome 36/2 K/BB ratio in 39 games for the Angels this season and .179 with a 110/9 K/BB ratio in 125 career games as a big leaguer.
He’s still just 25 years old, so there’s certainly time for Wood to salvage his career, but if he’s no longer crushing Triple-A pitching there’s really nothing to cling to in terms of optimism. It’ll be interesting to see what the Angels do once his rehab assignment is up in a couple weeks, because he’s clearly not deserving of an MLB roster spot at this point and they can’t leave him in the minors without first passing him through waivers.

  1. Bobomo - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    This is what happens when Mickey Hatcher “fixes” your swing.

  2. SenorChuckles - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    dudes in a major slump, give him time.

  3. Ray Knight Looks Like Tip O'Neill - What Happened? - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Anyone think to have the guy get his eyes checked?

  4. scatterbrian - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    He’s looking more and more like a AAAA player…

  5. Joey B - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Seems like the same issue in AAA that he had in the pros. 33 PAs and 33 ABs. If you refuse to take a walk, no one with half a brain will give you anything to hit. It’s not rocket science. If you swing at something an inch off of the plate, you’ll K on a pitch 1.5 inches off the plate next time. If you’ll swing at a pitch an outside, why would anyone give you a pitch an inch inside the strike zone?
    IMVHO, he needs a change of scenery. -0- walks in 33 ABs makes it seem like he is just going through the motions.

  6. J, McCann - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    I think the problem is the Angels were too good.
    The perfect scenario would have been to come up 2 years ago for a bad team in a small market and just play and learn. But the Angels were always fighting tooth and nail for division crowns, so they had to play whatever veteran gave them the best chance to win that day. (And they had plenty of SS/3B.)
    Becoming selective is the end goal, but I think for his first trip around the league he needed to be up there hacking and learn what pitches were bad to swing at even if he connected.
    I think there is no way he goes anywhere with the Angels. Time for him to go to a crappy NL team and get plenty of PA and a fresh start.

  7. JBerardi - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    He was always overrated as a prospect. You can’t strike out as much as he does if you don’t walk. Hell, you can’t strike out as much as he does even if you will take a walk. Dude strikes out a ton.

  8. SenorChuckles - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Ryan Howard also struck out a lot and never projected to take as many walks as he does. Now, I’m not saying Wood will become like Howard, but it can happen. Wood has to make the proper adjustments.

  9. JBerardi - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Howard’s minor league career: 585/247 K/BB
    Wood’s minor league career: 767/294 K/BB

    Howard was an extreme case, but Wood is actually significantly worse.

  10. Tom Volden - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    regardlesss of his baseball struggles, he is still the LUCKIEST man i know. simply because he is marrying the most beautiful person INSIDE and out, i’ve ever known…my niece-Lindsey. in a world FULL of narcissists tempted to absorb the praise of outer beauty, she is certainly that- WITH a heart of GOLD.so , in one regard, he has hit THE grand slam…

  11. Thomas Volden - Jun 11, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    also, i can say NO ONE loves the game more than Brandon. personally, he is a fine young man.gracious, polite and family oriented. besides being one of the nicest people i have spent time with, he is the consumate student of the game.DRIVEN. nobody is being tougher on Brandon- than Brandon..he deserves EVERY oppurtunity. the team that realizes that will inevitably PROFIT…

  12. gil4 - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Tom – Glad we got that objective, unbiased opinion in there. :-)
    I hope he has a great career (but goes 0-4 every time he faces the Twins) and wish your niece well. You’ll probably drive yourself crazy if you read every piece written about him, though.

  13. gil4 - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Tom – Glad we got that objective, unbiased opinion in there. :-)
    I hope he has a great career (but goes 0-4 every time he faces the Twins) and wish your niece well. You’ll probably drive yourself crazy if you read every piece written about him, though.

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