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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    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.
    He's like the M&M bys these days huh. Mike Minor and Matt Maloney.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    He just keeps getting better. How long can they keep him in AA? Thanks for answering the velocity question Doug...

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    Re: Travis Wood

    It would be nice to have a couple of decent LH's in between Cueto, Volquez and Bailey going into the future. If I'm the Reds I do one of two things with him... Go the untouchable route. Keep him with the chance he turned the corner and now youve got something special or sell him high and trade him to Texas, Phily or Atlanta as part of the Arroyo/Harang deal to amp up the return.

    I say go untouchable personally. Who was the last quality LH starter we developed through our system? Browning? He's young and talented - always has been and he is cheap. Hard to let that go IMO.

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    I thank both of you for the info. He seems to be very advanced as a true "pitcher" to be only 22. The Reds appear to be doing a much better job of developing their minor league pitchers compared to the days of Howington, Gruler, Basham, Pauley, Gardner, and Gillman.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bumstead View Post
    He just keeps getting better. How long can they keep him in AA?
    Seeing as he's only 22 and has had a touchy history in terms of staying healthy, I think the smart thing is to pitch him a full season at AA and make the move to AAA next year.

    Simply put, there's no need or reason to rush him. It isn't like the team is in desperate need of starting pitching help in the upper minors or at the big league level. Let the kid see the same teams a few times, hopefully dominate a level, and be ready for AAA at 23. He's already on a fine timetable as it is.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    Seeing as he's only 22 and has had a touchy history in terms of staying healthy, I think the smart thing is to pitch him a full season at AA and make the move to AAA next year.

    Simply put, there's no need or reason to rush him. It isn't like the team is in desperate need of starting pitching help in the upper minors or at the big league level. Let the kid see the same teams a few times, hopefully dominate a level, and be ready for AAA at 23. He's already on a fine timetable as it is.
    You make so much sense! I totally agree. I'm actually really ready for the Reds to have a pitching prospect who is 100% on-track as he proceeds through the minors. Isn't 23 just about exactly how old you want a guy to be at AAA?
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    You make so much sense! I totally agree. I'm actually really ready for the Reds to have a pitching prospect who is 100% on-track as he proceeds through the minors. Isn't 23 just about exactly how old you want a guy to be at AAA?
    Well it'd be nice if he was 10 but yeah 23 is "on schedule".
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    Simply put, there's no need or reason to rush him. It isn't like the team is in desperate need of starting pitching help in the upper minors or at the big league level. Let the kid see the same teams a few times, hopefully dominate a level, and be ready for AAA at 23. He's already on a fine timetable as it is.
    I agree and for another reason. There is a tendency to overvalue one's "own" prospects so to speak. By my rough count, within the next three years the Reds should have 7-8 SP, a 12 man bullpen and possibly 3 3B and 4 LF's. Some of these guys are going to get moved for parts for the MLB team, and Wood COULD be one of them. I'm not saying he will or even should be, but he could be.

    And for his value to remain high he needs to dominate AA. Prospects have value to the big league club in a variety of ways.
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    Another dominant start tonight by Travis Wood: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K ... He walked the first batter of the game, then retired the next 20 batters before losing the no-hitter on a soft line drive single with two outs in the seventh inning. IIRC, this is about the third time Travis has carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning.

    Wood now has an amazing 1.11 ERA in 81 innings, while allowing only 50 hits (1 HR) with a 31 BB/69 K ratio. He's making tremendous progress. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, as the year has went on he's walking less hitters and striking out more. He has a 22 BB/60 K ratio in his last 10 starts (65.1 IP) and a 9 BB/48 K ratio in his last seven starts (48.1 IP).

    It looks to me like Travis Wood leads all of the minor leagues in ERA at 1.11 while his teammate Zach Stewart is fifth in ERA at 1.51. Amazing. What a 1-2 punch.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Another dominant start tonight by Travis Wood: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K ... He walked the first batter of the game, then retired the next 20 batters before losing the no-hitter on a soft line drive single with two outs in the seventh inning. IIRC, this is about the third time Travis has carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning.

    Wood now has an amazing 1.11 ERA in 81 innings, while allowing only 50 hits (1 HR) with a 31 BB/69 K ratio. He's making tremendous progress. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, as the year has went on he's walking less hitters and striking out more. He has a 22 BB/60 K ratio in his last 10 starts (65.1 IP) and a 9 BB/48 K ratio in his last seven starts (48.1 IP).

    It looks to me like Travis Wood leads all of the minor leagues in ERA at 1.11 while his teammate Zach Stewart is fifth in ERA at 1.51. Amazing. What a 1-2 punch.
    Outstanding! He is really in the zone this year. I like the idea of him staying at AA for a while longer and experiencing success. Experiencing success is important -- there is no reason to rush to move him up at his age.

    And you are right... Wood and Stewart are quite the tandem at the top of that pitching staff. In fact, the entire Carolina team is a hell of a lot of fun to follow right now with all the prospects that are down there.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    I'm sure I could find this on my own, but I'm admittedly being lazy.

    What year was Wood drafted and what round?

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1 View Post
    I'm sure I could find this on my own, but I'm admittedly being lazy.

    What year was Wood drafted and what round?
    Second round of the 2005 draft. Same year Jay Bruce was drafted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Second round of the 2005 draft. Same year Jay Bruce was drafted.
    I say we draft that well every year, what say thee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Second round of the 2005 draft. Same year Jay Bruce was drafted.
    Thanks OBM! I didn't realize he was drafted so high. I knew there were high expectations with him that previously fell short...but maybe he's putting it altogether now? Maybe score another point for Dan-O.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Wood was lights-out good his first year in the minors... then struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness... and is now back to his stud-like form.

    I remember after the Reds drafted him in the second round and he tore it up early, we thought we had a steal. Then everyone kind of forgot about him until this year.


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