Spring Training is where hope springs eternal. Every team has a shot to win the World Series and every prospect has a chance to finally make his big league dreams come true. One of the players vying for a spot on the Kansas City Royals roster is Brandon Wood, a former top shortstop prospect who, yet again, isn’t likely to realize the dream.
At one point, Wood was considered one of the best prospects in the farm system for the Los Angeles Angels (playing for Anaheim during his stint), but the 27-year-old couldn’t scratch his way above the Mendoza Line in parts of five seasons. He eventually left the Angels with a poor .168 batting average to his name in a trade that sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. He found his most success there, hitting .220 with 31 RBI and seven home runs in 99 games that season.
The Pirates, however, didn’t keep him around and he spent last season with the Colorado Rockies‘ Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs, where he had some modest success, hitting .259/.313/.409, but couldn’t push his way up to the big league roster. Now, he’s come to Spring Training with the Royals, trying to stick with the big team as a third baseman.
But the chances of Wood making it look slim. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Wood is most likely headed to the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate in Omaha once Spring Training breaks. It would take a huge spring from the quiet bat of Wood or an injury to incumbent third baseman Mike Moustakas to create an opportunity for Wood.
Barring unlikely circumstances, Brandon Wood will miss out on making the major league roster this year, serving once again as a reminder that potential doesn’t always equate into stardom.