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Brandon Wood isn’t good enough to play independent ball

Jun 13, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels Kevin Frandsen hits a 2RBI triple to score Brandon Wood and Howard Kendrick in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their interleague MLB baseball game in Anaheim

Brandon Wood‘s historic struggles in the big leagues are no secret. He went from stud Angels prospect to being one of the worst hitters in MLB history.

But now Paul Boye of Crashburn Alley stumbled across this sad turn in Wood’s story: He signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and hit .098 in 25 games.

Seriously. Zero. Ninety. Eight.

Not surprisingly the Skeeters released Wood, who is still only 29 years old. He was a first-round pick in 2003, cracked Baseball America’s top 20 prospects in 2006, 2007, and 2008 … and now he’s not good enough to even hold his own in independent ball. Wow.

  1. echech88 - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    There was a point where the Angels could have gotten a king’s ransom in a trade for Dallas McPherson and/or Brandon Wood.

    Talk about just watching an asset tank before your eyes.

  2. zzalapski - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

  3. genericcommenter - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    How is Tracy McGrady doing there?

  4. tigerprez - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Brandon Wood is a good example of why it’s sometimes smart to be like Jon Singleton and take the money when it’s offered to you. No matter how much natural talent you have, playing baseball is really hard.

    • jayquintana - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Never got the backlash Singleton took. If he outplays his contract, he’ll still be able to cash in as a free agent. And instead of making $200 million, he’ll only make $150 million. Big whoop.

  5. spyder9669 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    One does not forget how to hit in that fashion. Something else is going on here..

    • sfs1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      This was my first thought as well. I suspect Brandon has some off the field demons in his life that have impacted and are still impacting him on the field.

      • zdravit - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        He’ll remember how to hit as soon as he comes out.

  6. jkaflagg - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    This is really sad…..never heard of any personality issues in the Angels system, and early on he looked like one of those guys who could make adjustments as he moved up and get his contact issues under control….but always looked overmatched at the major league level. However, I will say that the only more messed-up guy I’ve seen in the big leagues was Scott Kazmir, and suddenly he got his mojo back….but the difference is that he’d had success in the majors before, while Wood never got established.

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