Once again, Los Angeles Angels‘ highly touted prospect Brandon Wood is proving he can master the art of hitting at the minor league level. Problem is, it doesn’t resonate at the major league level.

Wood, who struggled mightily with the Angels and lost his third-base job in July, was named player of the week by the Arizona Fall League by hitting .444 with a double and 8 RBI in his first week with the Mesa Solar Sox.

Wood, who was drafted by the Angels in the first round of 2003 amateur draft, was given the third base job this spring by Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

In his first three months of the season, Wood hit .169 with just 3 HR and 12 RBI before finally being benched by Scioscia in favor of 3B Alberto Callaspo, who was traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Angels in mid-July.

The Angels have given every indication that they’re not quite willing to give up on Wood just yet, given their request that Wood continue playing during the offseason.

However, patience will wear thin in the Angels front office quickly if Wood can’t figure out major league pitching this coming spring.

The Angels have already made it clear that they will be active in free agent acquisitions this offseason, and although they haven’t specifically said they are going after third basemen, they will jump if the opportunity presents itself.

While it’s great news that Wood is showing signs of life this fall, the Angels will be looking for signs of life come April.

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