2 Total Updates since April 20, 2011
about 2 years ago Update 0 comments
With reclamation project Brandon Wood coming over, the Pittsburgh Pirates had to make room on their 25- and 40-man rosters. Shortstop Josh Rodriguez was the unfortunate victim of the roster squeeze, and the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft was designated for assignment. If the Pirates are unable to make a trade, and if Rodriguez clears waivers, the Cleveland Indians will have a chance to reclaim him.
The 26-year-old Rodriguez was 1-for-12 to start the season, but he was an interesting option at short after hitting .293/.372/.486 for AAA Columbus last season in the Indians organization. His ZiPS projection projected that he could hit .249/.324/.374, which doesn't sound like much, but that would have been the best offensive production the Pirates have received from a shortstop since Jack Wilson's fluke season in 2007.
The Indians presumably will be happy to take Rodriguez back, though there isn't a lot of room for him in AAA, with Jason Kipnis, Cord Phelps, and Lonnie Chisenhall making up an all-interesting infield.
about 2 years ago Update 0 comments
In a move that had been rumored since yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed infielder Brandon Wood, the former mega-prospect who has thus far been the worst hitter of his generation. It's a pairing made in...well, not heaven. Maybe the waiting room of a dentist's office. Perhaps in the chat room of a shady online dating site for ex-convicts. Whatever it is, it just fits. From Ken Rosenthal:
Wood figures to get shot at shortstop with #Pirates. Team has not been happy with Cedeno
The move makes sense for the Pirates, as they've been starting Ronny Cedeno at shortstop, dealing with his inconsistent defense in the hopes that his bat will come around. That's kind of like watching a pot of water to see if it will boil, provided the pot of water is on top of the box that the stove came in, and not on a functioning stove. So the Pirates don't have much to lose by seeing what Wood can offer -- he really was a fantastic prospect, and he is still just 26.
Wood has been one of the worst hitters in major league history to start his career, and his struggles with breaking balls aren't going to go away just because he's in a different league. Still, it's a change of scenery for a player who desperately needed it, and a gamble for a franchise that can afford to take them.
about 2 years ago Update 3 comments
The long, tortured Brandon Wood era has come to an end for the Los Angeles Angels. Tuesday, the club designated the former top prospect for assignment, meaning they'll have to work out a trade with another team or put him on waivers. If no one claims the third baseman, it's possible that he'll accept an assignment to Class AAA. The move was made to get Erick Aybar back on the roster upon his return from the DL.
It wasn't always like this.
That was a shortstop. A 20-year-old shortstop. Sure, it was the California League, which is a hitters' league, but you can understand why people were giddy about him. According to Baseball America, he was the #3 prospect in the game heading into the 2006 season. He was a sure thing. He had some more good years in the minors, albeit with some serious strikeout concerns, and no one -- no one -- saw this coming:
Some prospects make it, and some don't. Few don't make it as spectacularly as Brandon Wood didn't make it. He is still only 26. Someone will give him another chance, and now we'll see if that someone will trade a player to the Angels for the privilege.