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Brandon Wood, Los Angeles Angels Prospect Shines in Arizona, But What About MLB?

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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Angels 3B Brandon Wood, Five Other Prospects to Play in Arizona Fall League

Los Angeles Angels 3B Brandon Wood, who has been unable to show any consistency at the Major League level, will play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League (AFL).

Along with Wood, five other Angels minor league prospects will be joining him at Mesa: pitchers Ryan Brasier, Robert Fish, Stephen Geltz and Eddie McKiernan and infielder Andrew Romine.

Wood, who was pegged as the Angels’ starting third baseman at the beginning of the season, largely failed to produce, prompting his demotion to Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake in late May.

In the 39 games played before his demotion, Wood hit a paltry .156, with 2 HR and 7 RBI. His overall lack of production prompted Angels’ GM Tony Reagins to acquire Alberto Callaspo from the Kansas City Royals on July 22.

At the time, Reagins insisted that the acquisition of Callaspo did not have a negative impact on Wood’s future with the Angels.

However, with a .165 batting average and just 3 HR and 12 RBI thus far on the season, it is clear that Angels’ management is growing impatient in terms of Wood’s development.

Wood was originally asked to play winter ball in Latin America in hopes of regaining his batting stroke and confidence. Wood instead opted for the AFL, which plays its games between Oct. 12 and Nov. 20. Wood is getting married in December, and chose to remain close to home.

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Five Things the L.A. Angels Can Do to Save Their Season

The Angels had the second best record in all of baseball for the month of June.

The problem is, the Texas Rangers were the only team better, and they are the team the Angels are trying to catch.

July has not started out with as much promise.

The Angels now find themselves 5.5 games back in the AL West after being swept by the Chicago White Sox during a four-game series in Chicago for the first time in 27 years.

Many are ready to push the panic button and start the fire sale. However, all is not lost with the Angels. One major move, accompanied by some minor tweaks, could manage to save their season.

Here are five things the Angels need to do going forward.

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Trading Wood For Wood Makes Sense for L.A. Angels, Cleveland Indians

The Angels need bullpen help.

The Indians need payroll relief.

The Angels are about to give up on their top prospect Brandon Wood.

The Indians are about to give up on their season and closer Kerry Wood.

These are just a few of the reasons why a Wood-for-Wood trade might make sense for both teams.

Kerry’s bloated 7.02 ERA and 1.56 WHIP are not exactly living up to his bloated $10.5 million salary. It’s going to make it extremely hard for the Indians to get anything for him if they choose to try and get out from under that albatross of a contract.

Cleveland (28-47) is in another early death spiral, as they have already fallen 13 games behind first place Detroit.

The Indians probably felt they could trade Kerry for prospects mid-season this year if things didn’t go their way. Unfortunately, they probably weren’t counting on Kerry to have such a disastrous start.

Good luck getting anything for him now. The best Cleveland can hope for is to convince a large-market team to take Kerry’s salary off their hands.

Similarly for the Angels, things could not have gone worse for their 25-year-old infield prospect Brandon Wood, who was compared to the likes of Troy Glaus and Mike Schmidt during his minor league career.

The reality has been a nightmarish .176 batting average with four extra base hits and 45 strikeouts over 150 at-bats. Brandon hasn’t exactly made up for his anemic offense with stellar defense either. He has made eight errors in 399 innings.

However, Brandon’s upside might appeal to the Indians. Baseball America had Brandon ranked no lower than the 16th best prospect in baseball for three straight years—ranking him as high as third at one point.

Did I mention he also makes only $410,000 per year?

Brandon hit 43 homers, 116 RBI and had a .321 average one year in the minors. He seemed to be on track to put up similar numbers in the majors until the wheels fell off that turnip truck.

Many have speculated one reason was the unrealistic and unfair expectations put on the kid by the Angels organization and their fans. A change of scenery where not much is expected might be just what the doctor ordered for Brandon, who is obviously pressing.

Kerry Wood is a player that can probably relate to not living up to the hype, even though his problems were more physical than mental.

Kerry might be an excellent gamble for the Angels, who desperately need help at the back end of their pen, and are one of the few clubs who could handle that kind of a payroll hit.

A closer look at Kerry’s stats show 13 of his 16 innings this year were clean. His poor numbers are largely because of a horrible outing against Kanas City, where he gave up 5 runs while only recording one out.

Although he has been wild at times, Kerry is still recording almost a strikeout per inning. When he is on, he has proven he still has the mental toughness and “stuff” to come into games at big moments and shut teams down. Playing for a contender again might start to stir Kerry’s competitive juices and bring back some of his intensity.

It would definitely be a gamble for the Angels to take on the $10.2 million contract of a fragile and declining Kerry Wood, but I like his upside over that of Brian Fuentes.

There really is no gamble in this scenario for the Indians, who stand to save almost $10 million with this move—a move that they would be hard pressed to pull off with virtually any other club.

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Measuring Brandon Wood’s Negative Impact On the Los Angeles Angels’ Future

There has been no easier out for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in recent memory than Brandon Wood.


His abysmal campaign of striking out, popping out, and failing to provide any degree of meaningful offense is no less a hindrance to the Angels’ success than a brick wall between third base and home.


In 125 at-bats this season, Wood has hit .152 with two home runs, one double, seven RBI, and a whopping 36 strikeouts.


He was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 25, more likely due to his distinct inability to produce at the plate than his purported strained hip flexor.


After a week’s rest and recuperation, he marched out to the minors on a brief rehab stint to test his body—and his mind.

But Triple-A was no kinder to the troubled third baseman.

A career .284 hitter in the minors, Wood batted nearly 100 points below that mark in 13 games with the Salt Lake Bees. He managed just one home run in 51 at-bats, 17 of which resulted in strikeouts.


However, despite his failure to improve his performance at any level, the Angels were forced to make a decision on Wood’s future this week. Players on the DL can only spend a maximum of 20 games in the minors before their big league clubs must either call them up or re-evaluate their injured status.


Wood was called up.


He avoided striking out in his return to the Angels’ lineup Tuesday, but his offensive production was just as limited, grounding out weakly twice and flying out to center.


He has not given the Angels any reason to keep him around and at this point there’s no reason to expect that he ever will.


Wood has had ample opportunities to prove his worth in the big leagues, and so far all he’s proved is he doesn’t belong.


It’s time to make a change. Particularly in light of Kendry Morales’s devastating injury.


When the Angels stud first baseman broke his leg and ended his season, manager Mike Scioscia told the press his team would not settle for a mercenary to stand in for the next three months.


Instead, he and general manager Tony Reagins will look for a player to help out beyond this season.


Read: Someone who can fill in at first this year and take over third in the future.


As Scioscia clearly stated, this team will not settle for a player who’s impact only extends to the offseason. The Angels are on the hunt for a versatile infielder with some pop in his bat and an adequate glove.


Kevin Frandsen (.377), Mike Napoli (.249), Maicer Izturis (.233), and Michael Ryan (.205) have all played the substitute role at both corners with aplomb, but none has been able to lock down their respective spots for the foreseeable future.


Frandsen has exhibited no power whatsoever and his defense is highly suspect anywhere he plays. Napoli’s streaky hitting and inexperience at first make him just as much of an asset as a liability.


Izturis is far more valuable when he can be moved around from position to position. And Ryan, well, he suffers from a little of each of the above symptoms.


With Wood back to the bigs, the Angels will almost certainly return to their nice-guy tactics, giving him every possible chance to break out of his funk and live up to the hype that’s surrounded him for so long.


But they are fooling themselves if they try the same approach and expect a new outcome.


Wood will fail as surely as the Angels are already thinking about replacing him.


And although the key to this organization has always been its ocean-like depth on the bench and in the minors, this year they just don’t have the pieces to cobble together another championship season.


If the Angels expect to contend this year, both in the division and in the playoffs, they must add depth.


To do that, they must first eliminate Wood’s shallow reservoir of talent from their roster.

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