Wood to Start at Third Base

By rickmell

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted third baseman Brandon Wood with the 23rd pick in the 2003 draft. Despite putting up some impressive numbers in the minors he has not had much of a chance at the major league level.

With Chone Figgins going to Seattle it appears the Angels are going with Wood to start the season at third base. Figgins had a great season last year so replacing him is not going to be easy. He has had some time at the big league level. Unfortunately, he has not done much in his limited opportunity. In 2008 where he got a 150 at – bats he only managed to put up a line of .200/.224/.327. Like I mentioned previously he has put up good numbers in the minors so I can see why the Angels want to take a look at him.

That being said, I do have some concerns about him succeeding at the big league level. He has struggled to make contact during his brief tenure in the majors. He has struck out 33 % of the time. You can live with strikeouts if you walk enough and unfortunately he has only walked three percent of the time. His contact percentage is at 68.5 % for his career and the league average is around 80%. If this trend continues he is going to have trouble succeeding at the big league level. I have my doubts that he will be able to make enough contact to be successful.

I’m not sure if they let Figgins go because they thought Wood could fill the void, but losing Figgins will hurt. The difference between Wood and Figgins is probably around 3 wins. The AL West figures to be the most competitive division in baseball and that decision could be the difference between reaching the post-season and waiting till next year.

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