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    Re: Sunday May 4th minor league updates

    Saberscouting.com did a little piece on Travis Wood, and they don't seem too impressed with him (granted it was based on just one game). Here's what they had to say:

    Wood sat at 86 mph for the game with good sink on his fastball. His go-to pitch was a 72-73 mph changeup that flashed plus at was at least average every time he threw it, which was very often. His third pitch was a loopy curve at 70 with good depth that flashed average, but lacked bite, and was also thrown at a slightly higher arm angle at times and was easy to spot. Wood’s command was fringy as he had no choice but to throw the changeup very frequently, but it was good enough that FSL hitters still had trouble squaring it up. He has a maxed-out smallish frame, similar to Greg Maddux, and hides the ball well in the back of his delivery. His big league prospects, based on this look, are limited to a #5 starter if his command plays at higher levels, but more likely as a high-minors pitchability starter and extra big league arm.
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    From the date of the article, it looks like they caught him during his rough outing last week. IMO it's pretty dumb to judge his ceiling after only seeing him one time. His fastball is usually anywhere from 89-92 and his change is considered to be among the best in the minors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HBP View Post
    Yes I meant "if" he put up numbers similar to how he's pitching in Sarasota. I don't see why you think it's unlikely Wood could do that. Remember, he's a second round draft pick with the systems best change up with a decent fastball.

    Concerning Thompson's stats, they're great, but there's been plenty of pitchers recently with just as impressive numbers. Cueto last year, Bailey in '06. Wood had ridiculous number in '05. IMO, I just think that Wood has a higher ceiling than Thompson and will end up the better pitcher.
    Plenty of pitchers with the kind of stats Thompson is putting up? In AA? And in the Reds system? I don't think so. Bailey did and while Cueto's numbers were very good, they were not this good through the 1st 37 innings. That's not to say that I think Thompson will be better than Cueto, but rather, Thompson's numbers at AA are freakishly good. I think Wood could put up solid numbers, but I don't see him putting up the kind of numbers Thompson has.

    Also, just because Wood was a 2nd round pick doesn't mean he's going to be great. There have been plenty of 2nd round busts, both with the Reds and around the league. Wood may have a higher ceiling than Thompson, but that doesn't mean he'll reach it.

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    Re: Sunday May 4th minor league updates

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    He gets his share of hits usually as well. By the end of the month, I figure no one remembers his April was bad.
    Adam wasn't hitting in April, but his defense was awesome. May will be his month, and june, and July, etc.

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    Re: Sunday May 4th minor league updates

    Quote Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1 View Post
    Plenty of pitchers with the kind of stats Thompson is putting up? In AA? And in the Reds system? I don't think so. Bailey did and while Cueto's numbers were very good, they were not this good through the 1st 37 innings. That's not to say that I think Thompson will be better than Cueto, but rather, Thompson's numbers at AA are freakishly good. I think Wood could put up solid numbers, but I don't see him putting up the kind of numbers Thompson has.

    Also, just because Wood was a 2nd round pick doesn't mean he's going to be great. There have been plenty of 2nd round busts, both with the Reds and around the league. Wood may have a higher ceiling than Thompson, but that doesn't mean he'll reach it.
    Yes I know, Szymanski is a great example of that. Just IMO, Wood has a decent chance to reach his level as long as he keeps the BB down.


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