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Angels finally decide to give up on Brandon Wood

Apr 20, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT


Following Tuesday’s 15-4 win over the Rangers, the Angels made the move many had anticipated since the end of last season, designating former top prospect Brandon Wood for assignment.

The transaction opens up a roster spot for the returning Erick Aybar.

Wood reached on an error in his lone at-bat in tonight’s rout. He was 2-for-14 with eight strikeouts on the season. In his major league career, he’s hit .168 with 11 homers, 33 RBI and a ridiculous 153/13 K/BB ratio in 463 at-bats.

Wood was rated by Baseball America as the game’s No. 3 prospect prior to the 2006 season and No. 8 prospect a year later. He hit 43 homers for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2005 and then 25 in Double-A the next year. While he struggled some in his first year in Triple-A in 2007, he still was largely a success in Triple-A, hitting .283/.350/.536 with 77 homers in 1,437 at-bats for Salt Lake. He just hasn’t been able to carry that over to the majors, though, and his awful approach at the plate has left him with few believers.

That said, it would be something of a surprise if Wood clears waivers. He plays a capable shortstop and an above average third base. He’s just 26 and the power is there for him to hit 20-to-25 homers per year in the majors. The Mariners and Astros both have little to play for this year and long-term question marks on the left side of their infielders, so both should consider putting in a claim. The Pirates and Dodgers are other teams that might weigh a move.

  1. Brian Murphy - Apr 20, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    He’s gonna go sit on a porch and drink some lemonade with Dallas McPherson.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Apr 20, 2011 at 8:14 AM

      Poor Dallas McPherson…another player for the Quad-A Hall of Fame.

      • Brian Murphy - Apr 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM

        The Angels haven’t had much luck in developing their can’t-miss third-base prospects lately.

    • purdueman - Apr 20, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      After the Angels won the 2002 World Series, they were only a veteran player or two away from being able to run off one or two more WS appearances, but then Angels idiot GM Bill Stoneman refused to part with any of his precious “can’t miss” prospects in deals.

      The three “untouchables” were Dallas Mc Pherson, Brandon Wood and Casey Kotchman. Mc Phearson has been derailed by injuries and now is playing on a minor league deal at AAA Charlotte and likely done. Wood of course has been the ultimate “5 tool can’t miss” guy bust and Kotchman wouldn’t be in the major leagues right now were it not for Manny picking up his gear and heading home.

      Stoneman… what an IDIOT! Prospects are after all just that… PROSPECTS! Name me the last team to win a World Series with a lineup full of prospects. Stupid is though as stupid does!

  2. tr975 - Apr 20, 2011 at 3:53 AM


    They try him at 2B.

    • BC - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Hey, he can’t be any worse than that Rule 5 dude we started on Opening Day.

  3. JBerardi - Apr 20, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    Brandon Wood has two valuable lessons to teach anyone who wants to follow prospects:

    1. Beware prospects with high strikeout rates in the minors, no matter how good their hitting stats are.

    2. Hitting stats from the Cal League mean nothing, again, no matter how good they are.

  4. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 20, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Given that the Twins are full of holes in the infield and offense, you’ve gotta assumed they at least attempt to take a gamble on Wood, right? I mean if his glove is passable at shortstop, that’s a step in the right direction.

  5. pauleee - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    If I were in a cranky mood I might say “Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out!”, but mostly it’s just a sad tale. It’s too bad they didn’t use him as trade bait back in ’08. Good Luck, kid.

  6. AK47 - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    It’s probably a little late, but someone could try to turn him into a pitcher? Other than I agree with the guy who suggested the Twins take a look at him. If he could practice a little more patience at the plate, he could come around a little bit and anything better than the defense-garbage the Twins have in the middle infield right now (that .143/.143/.214 hitting line will fit right in).

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