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    Especially since he's lefty, considering how Buckley has been talking up lefties lately with respect to the draft.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by traderumor View Post
    Especially since he's lefty, considering how Buckley has been talking up lefties lately with respect to the draft.
    Buckley talked about lefties being the rarest thing in the sport.... but you know, the Reds aren't exactly working with a bare cupboard in terms of lefties. Maloney, Wood, Horst, Webb and Fairel are all pitching quite well at their different stops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tripleaaaron View Post
    What makes you think he won't work hard enough to reach his potential If the above is true?
    You've quoted me on 2 different players there. The former is Sean Watson, the latter is Travis Wood.

    On Watson yes Cam hit it right on the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Buckley talked about lefties being the rarest thing in the sport.... but you know, the Reds aren't exactly working with a bare cupboard in terms of lefties. Maloney, Wood, Horst, Webb and Fairel are all pitching quite well at their different stops.
    Plus Shunick whenever he gets around to pitching this season, what's up with him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    Plus Shunick whenever he gets around to pitching this season, what's up with him?
    He's filming the next season of Survivor right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    Plus Shunick whenever he gets around to pitching this season, what's up with him?
    Shunick is right handed.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Shunick is right handed.
    Huh, boy what has happened to my memory. I could have swore he was a LH for some reason. Oh well my bad.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by GIDP View Post
    He's filming the next season of Survivor right now.
    I think I am gonna hate myself for asking this, but are you serious?
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Wood in a major groove at Double-A
    Reds prospect strikes out 11 in first career shutout
    By Mason Kelley / Special to MLB.com

    06/07/09 9:18 PM ET

    Here it is, hit it.

    When Carolina Mudcats left-hander Travis Wood took the mound Sunday, he went in with a simple objective. He knew he had control of all five of his pitches and planned on challenging the Jacksonville Suns all night.

    The left-hander gave up three hits and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts en route to his first complete game as the Mudcats blanked the Suns, 2-0.

    "Everything felt good," Wood said. "All my pitches worked. When they put the ball in play, the defense was backing me. We just played well today as a team and battled and battled and ended up pulling it off."

    After going 4-9 with a 7.09 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga last season, he was frustrated. He knew he needed to find more consistency with his pitches, which would produce more strikes. He threw away a season squandered and started preparing for a new one.

    "I just tried to come out and give it everything I can every start. And, so far, it's been working," said Wood, who has won his last five decisions.

    The 22-year-old came into the season looking to challenge hitters, an approach that's yet to let him down.

    "It's my day or yours," he said. "You don't second-guess yourself."

    Here it is.

    Against the Suns, he retired six of the first seven batters.

    "It went by so quick," the former second-round pick said.

    Then, all of a sudden, it was the fifth inning and he still felt good. When he took the mound for the eighth, he thought, "Woo, everything is still feeling good." And in the ninth, one inning away from his first complete game as a professional, he told himself, "Three more."

    "It's amazing," Wood said. "Their pitcher was going right there with me, so it was a battle."

    But Wood took a mental advantage into each frame. He knew he could throw any of his pitches -- fastball, cutter, slider, curve or changeup -- over the plate, no matter the count.

    "If he hits it, he hits it and you move on," Wood said. "It's a nice array of pitches to keep the hitter confused."

    He retired the final 17 Suns and has yet to give up more than two earned runs in any appearance this season. Through 12 starts, he is 5-3 with a 1.22 ERA that ranks in the top 10 in all of the Minor Leagues. To top it off, Wood has given up only three earned runs over 38 innings at road parks.

    Here it is, hit it.

    "It ranks up there at the top of it," said Wood. "There's nothing better than keeping your team in it and giving them a chance to win. I'll just move on from this and go to the next start and see if we can't go it again."

    If he keeps shutting down opponents, a trip to Triple-A might be in the future. But he remains focused on the road ahead.

    "I would love to, but that's not my decision, so I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and, eventually, I'll be where I want to be," Wood said.

    Here he comes.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    I think I am gonna hate myself for asking this, but are you serious?
    ha nah im just screwing around.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by GIDP View Post
    ha nah im just screwing around.
    You had me thinking there for a second. I love Survivor and was thinking "I would have caught that wouldn't I have"? It was cool to watch the last one with Eddie George's wife Taj, formerly of the female R&B group SWV. Would have been real sweet to have a Reds prospect on the show to root for.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    T. Wood named pitcher of the week for the Southern League.
    Zach Cozart got Hitter.
    "Pitching is the art of instilling fear."
    Sandy Koufax

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    Re: Travis Wood

    I apologize if I missed this, but has there been an answer concerning Wood's velocity? I recall thinking that he had a good fast ball during his first two years. Recent discussions and stats have led me to believe he has become more of a finesse pitcher. Certainly, with command of five pitches, as he apparently had yesterday, he could still do well with a high 80's fastball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT View Post
    I apologize if I missed this, but has there been an answer concerning Wood's velocity? I recall thinking that he had a good fast ball during his first two years. Recent discussions and stats have led me to believe he has become more of a finesse pitcher. Certainly, with command of five pitches, as he apparently had yesterday, he could still do well with a high 80's fastball.
    http://baseballprospectus.com/minorleagueupdate/


    His ERA is lower than Stephen Strasburg's

    Travis Wood, LHP, Reds (Double-A Carolina)
    Sunday's stats: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K
    A second-round pick in 2005, Wood lost a lot of velocity when the Reds revamped some big mechanical issue in his delivery, and as a guy with fringy velocity, a great change and control problems, he put up a seven-plus ERA last year at Double-A. This year, the 22-year-old has dropped nearly six runs off that mark, as in his last four starts, he's given up two runs over 29 frames. He still doesn't throw especially hard, but he's added a 2-seamer and a cutter to his mix, and he's looking very much like a guy who could fit in towards the back of a rotation.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT View Post
    I apologize if I missed this, but has there been an answer concerning Wood's velocity? I recall thinking that he had a good fast ball during his first two years. Recent discussions and stats have led me to believe he has become more of a finesse pitcher. Certainly, with command of five pitches, as he apparently had yesterday, he could still do well with a high 80's fastball.
    He isn't where he once was, but his arm action is much cleaner than it once was too. He is more of an 88-91 MPH guy these days, but can touch higher from time to time.


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