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Birth Date1-12-1991
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 9 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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2013 ATL MLB 31 11 77.7 3 3 0 76 27 77 3 100 8.8 3.1 0.3 8.9 0% .333 1.33 2.62 3.13 85 3.07 73.5 1.7
2014 ATL MLB 35 24 171.7 11 11 0 151 45 170 16 95 7.9 2.4 0.8 8.9 0% .295 1.14 3.22 2.78 84 2.56 62.9 4.7
2015 ATL 0 20 20 119.3 7 6 0 132 36 90 8 94 10.0 2.7 0.6 6.8 0% .332 1.41 3.47 3.54 101 4.43 103.5 0.9
2015 LAN 0 12 12 70.3 5 6 0 66 23 49 7 93 8.4 2.9 0.9 6.3 0% .280 1.27 4.12 4.35 89 3.67 85.7 1.2
2016 LAN MLB 14 10 60.3 1 4 0 56 20 66 5 89 8.4 3.0 0.7 9.8 55% .319 1.26 3.21 3.73 76 2.56 56.7 1.9
2017 LAN MLB 27 25 152.3 16 3 0 123 38 151 15 91 7.3 2.2 0.9 8.9 54% .267 1.06 3.34 2.72 80 2.89 61.6 4.5
2018 LAN MLB 33 27 151.7 9 7 0 143 40 135 14 96 8.5 2.4 0.8 8.0 50% .293 1.21 3.49 3.68 89 3.41 76.1 3.3
2019 CIN MLB 7 7 35.7 1 3 0 41 9 30 11 99 10.3 2.3 2.8 7.6 39% .294 1.40 6.33 5.80 114 6.31 129.4 -0.2
2015 TOT MLB 32 32 189.7 12 12 0 198 59 139 15 94 9.4 2.8 0.7 6.6 0% .000 1.36 3.71 3.84 97 4.15 96.9 2.1

Statistics for All Levels

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2012 ROM A SAL 13 13 52.7 4 3 0 39 14 52 1 104 6.7 2.4 0.2 8.9 0% .277 1.01 2.76 2.22 77 2.79 58.1
2013 ATL MLB NL 31 11 77.7 3 3 0 76 27 77 3 100 8.8 3.1 0.3 8.9 0% .333 1.33 2.62 3.13 85 3.07 73.5
2013 MIS AA SOU 10 10 57.0 4 2 0 41 15 57 1 96 6.5 2.4 0.2 9.0 0% .261 0.98 1.97 1.26 71 2.84 61.7
2013 GWN AAA INT 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 3 2 5 0 102 5.4 3.6 0.0 9.0 0% .273 1.00 3.60 1.80 91 3.00 65.2
2014 ATL MLB NL 35 24 171.7 11 11 0 151 45 170 16 95 7.9 2.4 0.8 8.9 0% .295 1.14 3.22 2.78 84 2.56 62.9
2014 GWN AAA INT 2 2 8.7 0 0 0 7 4 8 0 108 7.3 4.2 0.0 8.3 0% .318 1.27 2.88 1.04 92 4.13 87.4
2015 ATL MLB NL 20 20 119.3 7 6 0 132 36 90 8 94 10.0 2.7 0.6 6.8 0% .332 1.41 3.47 3.54 101 4.43 103.5
2015 LAN MLB NL 12 12 70.3 5 6 0 66 23 49 7 93 8.4 2.9 0.9 6.3 0% .280 1.27 4.12 4.35 89 3.67 85.7
2016 LAN MLB NL 14 10 60.3 1 4 0 56 20 66 5 89 8.4 3.0 0.7 9.8 55% .319 1.26 3.21 3.73 76 2.56 56.7
2017 LAN MLB NL 27 25 152.3 16 3 0 123 38 151 15 91 7.3 2.2 0.9 8.9 54% .267 1.06 3.34 2.72 80 2.89 61.6
2018 LAN MLB NL 33 27 151.7 9 7 0 143 40 135 14 96 8.5 2.4 0.8 8.0 50% .293 1.21 3.49 3.68 89 3.41 76.1
2019 CIN MLB NL 7 7 35.7 1 3 0 41 9 30 11 99 10.3 2.3 2.8 7.6 39% .294 1.40 6.33 5.80 114 6.31 129.4
2019 CHT AA SOU 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 4 0 4 0 98 6.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 41% .235 0.67 2.46 1.50 89 3.35 69.0
2019 LOU AAA INT 3 3 5.3 0 1 0 8 2 7 0 95 13.5 3.4 0.0 11.8 47% .471 1.88 2.12 5.06 87 5.80 119.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2013 1305 0.5211 0.4330 0.7681 0.6044 0.2464 0.8394 0.5779 0.2319
2014 2667 0.5009 0.4488 0.7652 0.5838 0.3133 0.8474 0.6115 0.2348
2015 2894 0.4568 0.4413 0.8011 0.5961 0.3111 0.8604 0.7055 0.1989
2016 981 0.4740 0.4190 0.7397 0.5613 0.2907 0.8429 0.5600 0.2603
2017 2282 0.4224 0.4720 0.7372 0.6079 0.3725 0.8549 0.5967 0.2628
2018 2443 0.4449 0.4830 0.7602 0.6412 0.3562 0.8780 0.5901 0.2398
2019 586 0.4198 0.4761 0.7455 0.6585 0.3441 0.8148 0.6496 0.2545

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-24 2014-09-29 DTD 5 5 Left Forearm Strain -
2013-06-19 2013-06-21 DTD 2 2 Left Fingers Callus Index Finger - -
2012-09-01 2012-09-05 Minors 4 2 - Not Disclosed - -
2009-05-05 2009-05-05 Coll 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - Date Is Estimated - -


Year Team Salary
2020 LAN $4,000,000
2019 CIN $9,650,000
2018 LAN $6,000,000
2017 LAN $2,800,000
2016 LAN $530,000
2015 ATL $520,000
2014 ATL $506,250
2013 ATL $
6 yrPrevious$20,006,250
7 yrPvs + Cur$24,006,250
7 yrTotal$24,006,250


Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 123 dACES1 year/$4M (2020)

  • 1 year/$4M (2020). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/15/20. May earn additional $2.5M in performance bonuses based on innings pitched: $500,000 each for 110, 120, 130, 140, 150 IP. May earn additional $3.5M in performance bonuses based on point system, with 1 point for a game in which Wood gets 10 outs or more. $250,000 each for earning 10, 12, 14, 16, 18. 20 points. $500,000 each for earning 22, 24, 26, 28 points.
  • 1 year/$9.65M (2019). Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from LA Dodgers 12/21/18. Won arbitration case with Cincinnati 2/13/19, $9.65M-$8.7M).
  • 1 year/$6M (2018). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.8M (2017). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.53M (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/16.
  • 1 year/$0.52M (2015). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/15. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Atlanta 7/30/15.
  • 1 year/$506,250 (2014). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/25/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract purchased by Atlanta 5/30/13.
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2012 (2-85) (University of Georgia). $0.7M signing bonus ($0.5833M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

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2020-04-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Been a fair amount of criticism of the angels for blowing up the Petersen/stripling trade. I’m a little confused as to what the dodgers were doing. I get why they wanted to move Petersen but why stripling? It seems like the dodgers bullpen has been their Achilles heel the last few years and their rotation while great doesn’t have the greatest health track record.
(Deron johnson from Cincinnati)
They wanted to shed salary to avoid paying some of the luxury tax, and Stripling and Pederson were part of it. Stripling was a piece the Angels wanted for letting the Dodgers offload Pederson while giving up a relatively valuable piece like Rengifo. They brought in a few starters like bringing back Alex Wood, and also had Brusdar Graterol for the pen. May and Gonsolin were also rotation fallback options. (Craig Goldstein)
2020-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 5 of his 7 seasons, Alex Wood has had a sub-3.90 ERA with 27+ GS. Do you expect Wood to bounce back to the pitcher he has been prior to his disaster season last year?
(Craig from Chicago)
Yes and no. I do not expect Wood to receive 27+ GS, even before the delay. There are just too many arms in that Dodgers organization for the 5-starter to come close to 27 GS. Now, I could see him logging 15-20 GS and around 120-140 innings between the rotation and bullpen with a sub-4.00 ERA. I would be cautious to expect much more than that. (Jesse Roche)
2020-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)In 5 of his 7 seasons, Alex Wood has had a sub-3.90 ERA with 27+ GS. Do you expect Wood to bounce back to the pitcher he has been prior to his disaster season last year?
(Craig from Chicago)
He really hasn't been all that durable for most of those though. If I had to place my chips down, he's been hurt enough by this point, that there's significant risk the stuff just doesn't come back this time. Or the health doesn't come back. Or both, (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wanted to mention that BPs chats are so much more informative than those 'graphing' chats. This year, in a 525 player keeper league, many decent SPs weren't picked up until a month into the Odorizzi, Bassitt, Davies, and of course John Means. I nabbed one of these four. In 2020, I'd like to draft players like this late, rather than get 25% of them in late April. Who might I target in March 2020?
(Vic from Baltimore)
Appreciate the kind words but also want to say that we're not so much enemies with other sites. We're thrilled you read us and appreciate us, but I'd personally be thrilled if it was on terms that didn't knock others in the process.

I talked to our excellent fantasy team because this is a tough question. We basically came to the conclusion that this is a really rough question to tackle this far out. Those guys are ones borne mostly of opportunity that isn't so much clear in September of the preceding year. The names thrown around were: Kyle Gibson, Alex Wood, Keegin Akin, maybe James Marvel? All the guys you named arrived at where they're at pretty differently, so there's not one way to answer it. Best to ask in Feb/March next year I'd think. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-03-14 15:00:00 (link to chat)How worried should the Reds be about Alex Wood’s sore back?
(Buff from Colorado)
Well backs are scary stuff so, at minimum, moderately? I'm always amazed that the things that baseball players struggle through to play high-level athletics would be sufficient for me to struggle to, I dunno, mow my yard. Still, he's only 28 and has access to, presumably, exceptional medical care. It's nothing skyline chili can't fix. (Nathan Bishop)
2019-02-18 16:00:00 (link to chat)Are any of the Reds new crop of starters likely to be worth rostering this season?
(kalimantan from as above)
If you're talking solely about new acquisitions, then Alex Wood is the most obvious choice. He's not done yet if healthy, and the 50% grounders will help. Sonny Gray could rebound some, but don't look to 2017 or 2015. That said, if he's available in the endgame of a shallow or medium league, absolutely pull the trigger. Deeper leagues, it's more risky. Roark would've been an okay option for deep leagues before he started seeing his HR/9 and BB/9 rise in 2016-17. The walks got better last year, but the HR/9 hasn't, and in that bandbox his soft-tossing ways may be problematic--especially after a career high FB% in 2018. (Kevin Jebens)
2019-02-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, how do you rank Alex Wood, Shane Bieber, Josh James, and Yu Darvish? Likely going to be shopping one or all of these guys on the off chance I can get some solid draft picks in our very deep minor-leaguer draft coming up.
(Alex from Austin)
Wood, James, Darvish, Bieber. Darvish could sit in any of these spots; it's extremely difficult to rank him rn. (Mike Gianella)
2018-12-10 16:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alex Wood a useable fantasy starting pitcher next season?
(Alex from Austin)
When he starts, yes. The Dodgers will make it annoying, though, and if they end up dealing for Kluber that's one more piece to add to the headache. If you're prepared to deal with that, Wood will be productive whatever the role. (Darius Austin)
2018-12-12 17:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of mid rotation arm should I target as I try to deal DJ Lemahieu and Jaimer Candelario?
(Strelow from Lockport)
format dependent (i'm assuming this is a deeper league with these two), but i'd go with Alex Wood. (Mike Gianella)
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your World Series MVP picks for each team?
(k3o3r9n0 from Boson)
If I were really clever I'd say somebody who unexpectedly gets hot. Like Charlie Morton or Josh Reddick or Alex Wood or Austin Barnes. But I'll go the easy route: If the Dodgers win, I could see Jansen getting four saves with something like 8 Ks, 2 H, no walks in 6 IP. If the Astros win, doesn't it seem like it'll be because Verlander gets two (three?) wins, 15-20 IP? - Rob M (World Series Chat)
2017-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which pop up RP to SP conversion in 2017 do you believe is most sustainable ROS: Mike Montgomery, Trevor Cahill, Brad Peacock? (PS purposefully left off Alex Wood because...well, he's on another level)
(Punchoutpappy from First in Flight)
Alex Wood is incredible. But aside from that, I'd probably have them Cahill, Peacock, Montgomery. Cahill has been quietly *really* good this season. He's striking out over 11 guys per nine and has a 61 percent groundball rate. I wouldn't be shocked to see Peacock back in the pen with Fiers being better and all their starter getting healthy. (Mark Barry)
2017-05-15 17:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Wood a hold or stream in 10-team?
(Kerry from Seattle)
Still a stream for me in that format. (Mike Gianella)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)George,need to move one in a one year league ,h2h,12 team A.Wood,I.Kennedy,R.Ray,M.Leake, W,k,k/9,whip,Era Thank you
(Chesty from New Bern,NC)
I have an irrational attachment to Alex Wood and Mike Leake, but it's probably Wood. (George Bissell)
2017-03-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)TTO, Which of these would you bite on in a BL 18-20 team league as comeback potential for 2017: Wacha, Shelby Miller, Zack Wheeler, Luis Severino, Alex Wood? Any other once good/promising young SP that you see as a reasonable high variance target?
(jtwalsh from Northport NY)

Ian: Shelby Miller is probably where I'd start since his velocity is ticking back up and he was basically fine (if overrated) before his velo dipped; I'd probably put Severino next. We do tend to like this category of player and I have hope for all of them. Part of the departure from our Mock Draft pick (Wheeler ahead of all the others) is that Miller looks good in Spring Training and Wheeler seems actively hurt, which we'd like to avoid.
Ben: Yeah, these guys are totally my jam. I think I'd probably say Wheeler until Ian corrects me just because he seems like he had a bunch of talent before and I was thinking he was going to recover. Caveats apply wherein I am not as up to speed on the Spring Training happenings, so as with all things, trust Ian. (Ben Murphy, Ian Lefkowitz and Jared Weiss)
2016-06-07 12:00:00 (link to chat)I picked up Josh Hader a few weeks ago after seeing his gaudy numbers. He's put up similar numbers all the way up the ladder, and this year in AA the numbers are even better. Do his stuff and ceiling seem to match the numbers, or am I looking at a back-end guy, in your opinion? Cause when I watch video of him, it's hard to not see a little bit of Chris Sale, and his numbers back that up
(lipsgardner from Toilet)
The dangerous thing about Chris Sale comps is you usually end up with Alex Wood. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Trying to slim down on my lower tier SP for dynasty, help me rank this group, please? Roenis Elias, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Matt Wisler, Alex Meyer, Ervin Santana & Alex Wood
(Meh SPs from Chicago)
I'd go Alex Wood, Santana, Wisler, Meyer, Chi Chi, and Elias. They're all pretty close to me with the exception of Elias. (Mike Gianella)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Greg, I'm pondering trading Joc, Alex Wood & Realmuto for Springer in a dynasty league. For context - I'm stuck in 3rd for this year but am in win mode for 2016. I have strong SP(I only start Wood half the time) and decent Catcher depth(Realmuto is still in my minors and I have other bench options such as Susac). Any thoughts?
(markdavo4 from Newcastle, Australia)
It's a little rich for me but I might be an honorary Relamuto for how much I like this guy. I don't think he has top-of-the-position upside or anything but I think he can really hit and will be solid for a long time, Great athlete, feel to hit, developing power, all around excellent player. Not the biggest Wood fan but he shouldn't be a spare part. Are Springer and Joc really that far apart? (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Jesse Hahn, Alex Wood, or Drew Hutchison?
(Shawn from Couch)
Hutchison for me. I really like that kid. (Mike Gianella)
2015-05-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Wood, Shane Greene or Joe Kelly?
(Rocko from Modern Life)
Wood (Nick Shlain)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Alex Wood? He's been alright but the control hasn't been great. Plus he's got the crazy delivery
(Shawn from CT)
Great stuff, loads of potential, the delivery as you mention gets me really nervous. I see him as a 170-180 inning guy who could put up a 3.00 or a 3.20 ERA. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Wood and T. Walker for Arietta, who wins?
(G Money from On my couch)
12-team mixed or shallower Arrieta. Deeper than that, the duo. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Traded Abreu preseason for Donaldson, Alex Wood, and Eduardo Rodiguez. Then I sent Donaldson for Longoria, Gio Gonzalez, Leonys Martin, and Bradley Zimmer. So basically turned Abreu into Wood, E-Rod, Longoria, Gio, Martin, and Zimmer. Smart move, or would you rather take quality over quantity here?
(Alex from Palm Springs)
Impossible to answer without knowing how deep the league is. If it's relatively shallow, I'd take Abreu. If it's deep, and you had lots of holes on your roster, it's pretty good diversification of resources. (Bret Sayre)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)More likely to get 200 innings in 2015: Stroman, Alex Wood, Gausman. Which pitcher makes the 2016 All-Star game?
(allangustafson from San Diego)
I think Wood is the only one of the three that's even close to ready for 200 innings at the MLB level. Stroman and Gausman are talented enough to handle that workload eventually, but I don't think that happens in 2015. For the 2016 All-Star game? Give me Gausman. (Mark Anderson)
2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Mike Fiers can come close to duplicating his 2014 numbers? In other words, are you buying? Would you take Alex Wood over Fiers? Also, what are your thoughts on Dave Dahl and Albert Almora------ceilings and ETA? Thanks
(bob m from philly)
not really, he's ok but that was a short run. And, heck yes, Wood over Fiers. Almora maybe late 2016, solid regular. Dahl I don't know much about. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 10 team 5x5 keeper and we redraft every 4 years. We get 7 keepers and this year we redraft. With my #7 keeper, should I be keeping Javier Baez over Julio Teheran, JD Martinez, Marcell Ozuna, and Alex Wood? I had originally reserved my #7 for Oscar Taveras, unfortunately. How would you rank those players?
(Steve from Long Beach)
I think Baez is a fine option for that spot. He's boom/bust though, and you have to be comfortable with that level of risk. If you're not, I'd take Teheran or Ozuna with Wood and Martinez filling in behind them. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts about Alex Wood (with the exception of comments on how wonky his mechanics are)?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
I think his stuff is underrated. My limited looks at him, he has impressed me each time. If his shoulder holds up, mid to back rotation piece. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your grades on Alex Wood? Optimistic he can last in the rotation?
(brian from Wis)
The grades on Wood are not good, given his Tazmanian Devil approach to pitching mechanics. One of the most shocking aspects in baseball today is Wood's ability to consistently hit targets despite his having some of the worst balance in baseball. I can't really be optimistic that such an unusual quality can continue, but Wood has proven me wrong for two seasons now. I hope that he does continue to be effective, despite my mechanical reservations - if variety is the spice of life, then Alex Wood is the chili pepper of pitching mechanics. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Is @duyarvish a must follow on twitter and are you holding Alex Wood for when he goes back to the rotation
(Trevor Bauer from NY)
yarvish is a horrible follow and should shut it down. I like Wood a lot, and while bouncing him between the rotation and the bullpen doesn't thrill me, we already know he can be a No. 3 starter. If holding on to him doesn't put a huge strain on your roster, then yes, do it. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Okay to drop Alex Wood in a shallow 10-team mixed league?
(Kerry from Seattle)
Yep, drop away. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)12 team H2H 7 by 7 (QS and IP added), which side wins? Alex Wood or Garza and Ian Kennedy.
(Tim from Boston, MA)
I like the duo. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution speculates that Wood is going to have his innings limited this year. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike. Thoughts on moving my Alex Wood (worried about innings cap, potential pen move later in season) for Garza and Ian Kennedy? Super deep 12 team 7 by 7 (with IP and QS as added pitching cats).
(Tim from Boston, MA)
I thought I answered this one (Garza/Kennedy) (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Give Alex Wood's mechanics a compliment sandwich (compliment-criticism-compliment).
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
How about a compliment haiku?

Solid posture grade
Downright atrocious balance
Somehow repeats well (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Wood stays as starter or ends back up in the pen?
(scott from az)
I've been thinking about Wood lately. It really comes down to whether the Braves think he can hold up against a starter's workload. If so, why not let him cook in the rotation? He's shown he can get guys out a few times through the lineup. He's certainly exceeded my expectations for him as a starter. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, would you trade Alex Wood and Leonys Martin for Danny Salazar and Matt Kemp?
(birk from Dayton)
I think I would. It's hard taking the down asset in Salazar, but the upside for that trade is a huge win. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Wood - I know its gonna end badly, but doesn't that guy repeat pretty well for such a crazy delivery? Are you more concerned about injury or decreasing performance as the innings mount with his pitching motion? Would you expect he'll start to see the impact this summer or after a year or two?
(Matt from NJ)
He repeats really well for a guy with that delivery. It's uncanny, and very difficult to trust, but I hope that he keeps proving me wrong and just keeps shoving it. He's too much fun to watch. Injury is always a concern with an imbalanced pitcher, but my bigger caution is decreased performance. There is no telling when his glass slipper will break, but he has so many mechanical obstacles to overcome that when he starts to fall it could be a steep drop. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Alex Wood? Will he be fantasy relevant in a 12-team league? League starts 9 Ps.
(rpolan from New Orleans)
I think he's going to be consistently underrated because of the knocks against his delivery (which Craig Goldstein put perfectly today when he said it looked like it fell out of an ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down). But until he actually breaks down, I expect a strong ERA and about 160 strikeouts (projected out over a full 200 inning season). (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul I trust your pitching instincts more than anyone else's in the industry. There are some attractive mid round starters with RP SP eligibility. Tyson Ross, Smyly, Alex Wood and Tanner Scheppers. In our points format dual eligibility is critically important. How do you rank these guys and which should I reach for and which mignt be less attractive this season?
(Joe Sparma from Detroit )
Ah, the SP/RP guys... I'm aware of their potential improved value in some formats. I think you've actually ranked them as I would, though I might even gamble on Scheppers over Wood. Wood's going to get his shot because their rotation is decimated, but I'm not sure he's a full-time starter. Those mechanics are butt. (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank for 2014 fantasy purposes: Alex Wood, Ventura, Bradley. Thanks!
(Joe from NY)
Ventura, Wood, Bradley, unless Bradley makes the Diamondbacks rotation this spring. Then Ventura, Bradley, Wood. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just want to clarify - are you saying Skaggs is hurt and likely to have surgery?
(Mike from San Diago)
To clarify, I mixed up Skaggs and Pat Corbin, a mistake I make a lot. Skaggs is fine and in that park should be pretty good. I like him above Alex Wood in the previous question. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Alex Wood's role with Atlanta will be this year ?
(Cecil from Atlanta)
Looks like they might try him in the rotation as the No. 5, but I think Atlanta puts him in the bullpen sooner rather than later. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Despite the inherent costs of starting the arbitration clock earlier, shouldn't the immediate success of top NL fireballing pitching prospects last year like Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha and even lower ceiling guys like Tony Cingrani and Alex Wood made it more likely that Archie Bradley, Noah Syndergaard and maybe even guys like Matt Wisler and James Taillon come up to help their clubs as early as possible?
(Scott from LA)
Maybe, but remember everyone's developmental cycles are different. Kevin Gausman seemed like a good bet to succeed right out of the gates, instead he allowed more hits than innings pitched. So it's really a case-by-case thing.

Plus, with the exception of Jose Fernandez, all those pitchers were on quality teams. If I'm the Mets I'm not eager to cost myself more money later on for two months of a guy who, let's face it, isn't the difference between the postseason and the golf course. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben, Loving the podcast. I took over a 12-team 2 catcher auction roto league. It is 5x5 standard scoring, only i has K/9 instead of K. 260 auction budget. I can keep up to 10 guys. Would love to get your expertise opinion Here are the 12 I am deciding between. All except Jones and Craig can be kept for an additional year at a price increase Gattis ($1) Rendon ($5) Tulo ($33) Adam Jones ($32) Allen Craig ($11) Frieri ($4) Carlos Martinez ($1) Matt Moore ($15) Tyson Ross ($7) Yordano V. ($1) Cingrani ($5) Alex Wood ($5) I really want to keep CMart cause of his immense talent and price. But have a feeling you will have as one of the drops thanks!
(rzt101 from Queens)
These are hard to answer on the fly, a they require a ton of thought, but off the top of my head I'll drop Ross and Wood. (Ben Carsley)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason Martinez has Alex Wood listed as the 5th starter. I can't see that sticking come March 31st. Thoughts on him as a starter vs bullpen guy.
(Kyle from Chicago)
My guess is Wood is a reliever long-term. Maybe Atlanta uses him to start the season, but I wouldn't be surprised if they added a vet arm before spring. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any of these guys going to wind up more than back-end fodder? Sean Nolin, Robbie Erlin, Jimmy Nelson, Alex Wood, Oberholtzer, Holmberg, Taylor Jordan, Maurer, Enny Romero, Alex Colome.
(TheKernel from Pasadena)
Don't sleep on Enny Romero. I think there is a better chance of him providing impact in the bullpen, but I've been working on the Rays system lately and scouts really like this kid's stuff; I've seen it several times myself, so I can definitely appreciate a mid-90s FB and hard breaking ball from a southpaw. The command concerns, but if he can develop into an effectively wild type, he has the stuff to pitch above the middle-of-a-rotation. Projection is #2/3 type, but I think a late-innings arm is the realistic role. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two young pitchers with a shot at the rotation in 2014: Alex Wood and Jimmy Nelson. Who has the better shot at getting the job, and who do like more in the big picture?
(higgsboson from Guelph)
Both pitchers bring the funk, but with different results. I cal Wood "Taz" due to his ridiculous pattern of imbalance and rotation, and it is shocking that he repeats his delivery as well as he does. Nelson has some goofy glove-side arm action, and he really struggles to repeat the initiation of rotation, leading to tons of walks. I like Nelson's odds of making adjustments better than Wood's, but I could see both players eventually settling into the bullpen, especially since Nelson goes against the Brewers over-arching philosophy with their starting pitchers. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Alex Wood gets a rotation spot next year in the ATL?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
A big part of it will depend on the Braves' need. I still think he's a little more likely to end up in the bullpen, but he has a better chance to start than I'd initially thought. He's going to be a very successful big leaguer either way, and already is really. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on J.R. Graham? Jason Cole seems to like him more than most? Do you prefer him or Alex Wood (ignoring Graham's potential injury)?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I think Cole has him pegged and I'm onboard with his report/projection. Graham is a dude. He's smaller, but he's not without strength, especially in the core/legs. He has crazy raw stuff, intensity and some feel, and I think he can start. He's legit. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, Thoughts on Alex Wood and when he might see Atlanta ?
(Derek from Stone Mountain)
Definite big-league quality arm. He has a good chance to see Atlanta at some point this season. There's a better chance to start than I'd initially thought, but I think the smart money is still on him in the bullpen as a mid-relief to late-inning lefty. Despite all the funk in the delivery, he repeats and commands his plus fastball well. It's got good life. Change is a potential plus. Breaking ball is better but not great. I was impressed when I saw him in Mississippi. Here's video: (Jason Cole)

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