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Rockies sign Brandon Wood to minor league contract

Nov 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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Brandon Wood is like a left-handed reliever: despite years of poor results, he just keeps getting chances.

From Ken Rosenthal of comes word that the Rockies have signed the 26-year-old infielder to a minor league contract. He’ll be paid $100,000 over the major league minimum if he manages to land a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Wood batted just .216/.270/.340 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 272 plate appearances this year between the Angels and Pirates. He’s never posted an OPS above .610 in a major league season.

The Rockies’ front office is likely viewing the former top prospect as organizational depth at third base.

  1. bigtrav425 - Nov 18, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    keeps getting chances???? thats the problem..this guy never really got a chance to play…some guys need more then 2 months to show what they got

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:19 AM

      If he would have shown anything at all, I’m sure he would have gotten more of an opportunity. Seriously though, go look at the numbers on baseball reference….just awful.

      • paperlions - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM

        Yep, for some reason many people don’t understand the concept of talent ceiling, regardless of the profession or ability, everyone has a threshold that is literally as good at something as they are capable of getting. The problem is that the rates of improvement are not the same for everyone, the time/age at which they improve is not the same, and you never know where the ceiling will be until you hit it….so predicting ceilings is almost impossible. For baseball players, most of them hit that ceiling between low A and AA….for guys like Wood, it was AAA…he isn’t even a “AAAA” player, great in AAA, useless against MLB-quality pitching.

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