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Brandon Wood sold from one Triple-A team to another

May 9, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Here’s how far Brandon Wood has fallen since his days as a top prospect: Today he was traded from the Royals’ Triple-A team to the Orioles’ Triple-A team for cash considerations. So at age 28 he’s officially “organizational depth” teams are willing to swap around just to fill out their Triple-A roster.

Once upon a time Wood used to destroy minor-league pitching and then struggle mightily in the majors, but lately he hasn’t even done that.

Wood, who was a first-round pick in 2003 and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 prospects three times–including twice in the top 10–has hit just .186 in 272 games as a big leaguer.

  1. baseballicious - May 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    You almost wish he has a Papi-esque ending to his story, you know? Suddenly he’ll just become awesome.

    • Cris E - May 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      So you’re suggesting playing dirty, going with the PEDs? I read someplace this is the key to a late-career resurgence.

      • Cris E - May 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        So did you thumbs down folks not read the Shaughnessy piece this morning? C’mon, this post has it all: Papi, last gasp career revitalization and random allegations in poor taste. What more do you want from me?

      • baseballicious - May 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        OMG! I found him, I found Dan Shaughnessy!….


    • bmorelikeme - May 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Considering he is currently in the O’s organization, I would fully support a sudden bout of awesomeness.

      Not holding out hope though.

  2. @Cereal_22 - May 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    A solid glove at 3B always comes in handy

  3. dondada10 - May 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Goes to show you that no matter what the counting stats (HR, RBI) say, if the K rate is high in the minors he’ll never hit in the bigs.

    • tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      His K rate in the majors is near 40% for his career, and I believe one year was 41.6% with the Angels. You can cut it in the bigs at 35% if you are hitting a lot of home runs to offset that, but 40% is damn impossible to justify.

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