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Brandon Wood to play in the Arizona Fall League at age 25

Sep 1, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

Typically the Arizona Fall League is for young, up-and-coming prospects, but yesterday the Angels announced that 25-year-old Brandon Wood will participate after sitting on their bench for most of the season.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Wood “wanted to play winter ball in Latin America in hopes of getting enough at-bats to regain his stroke and confidence, but he is getting married in early December and wanted to remain close to home” in Scottsdale.
To give a sense of how out of place a 25-year-old with parts of four seasons in the majors under his belt will be in the AFL, consider that none of the other five players being sent there by the Angels spent this season above Double-A and all but one are 22 or younger. Oh, and Wood played in the AFL five years ago when he was actually a prospect.
Wood has clearly fallen out of the Angels’ plans after hitting .180 with a brutal 128/11 K/BB ratio through 431 career plate appearances and in theory the AFL is a place to showcase him in front of the maximum number of scouts, but even if he thrives there I’m not sure how impressed other teams will be with a 25-year-old beating up on Single-A and Double-A pitchers.

  1. geoknows - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Aaron, have you looked at the AFL rosters? Wood will hardly be the oldest guy there. There are a bunch of other 25-year-olds, around a dozen or so who are 26, a couple that are 27, one who is 28 (Michael Benaka of the A’s) and even one who is 29 (Justin James, also of the A’s, turns 29 in a couple of weeks). I don’t really think there’s a need for either the Angels or Wood to be embarrassed.

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