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Former top prospect Brandon Wood signs with Padres

Jan 4, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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Former top prospect Brandon Wood has signed a minor league deal with the Padres, reports Corey Brock of The deal does not include an invite to major league spring training, which is just the latest sign of how far he has fallen.

Selected 23rd overall by the Angels in 2003, Wood was once ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the game by Baseball America, but his minor league success never translated against big league pitching. He owns an ugly .186/.225/.289 batting line over 751 plate appearances in the majors.

Wood, who turns 29 in March, last appeared in the big leagues in 2011 as a member of the Pirates. He played exclusively at the Triple-A level last year between the Royals and Orioles, hitting just .226/.262/.329 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 65 games. He’ll function as organizational depth for San Diego.

  1. yahmule - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    He’ll always have Rancho Cucamonga.–002ric

  2. mianfr - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Not to be mean, but it’s pretty clear this guy just can’t play baseball at the highest level, and San Diego is not where hitters go to “figure it out”. Even as organizational depth, it’s a waste of a roster spot.

    • jwbiii - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      No roster spot except for on a minor league team. I have no idea what the San Antonio Missions need.

      • mianfr - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        I’m well aware of that and I assure you know one is lining up at the gate to watch Brandon Wood strike out four times in case he gets the chance to come up and strike out four times for the big league club.

      • timothynoble41 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        Maybe El Paso.

  3. dirtydon - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    He hit a grand slam at my son’s first game. Great memory.

  4. maddogg911 - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    I still remember how the angels had this guy on the “untouchable” list.,,, boy how has time changed

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