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    Travis Wood

    Time for a fresh "Travis Wood" thread, isn't it? The title on the previous one is more than a little confusing...

    Another very nice start by Travis this evening, albeit against a AAAA team in the Pirates.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Okay, maybe that was a stupid idea. Mods, feel free to lock this one. But... perhaps... we can change the old one's title?
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    Re: Travis Wood

    I agree, the other thread title was confusing. Why not start a new thread? The kid deserves a fresh one.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    I agree on the new thread idea. Anybody happy we didn't trade Wood yet?

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Wood has been very impressive. He's got above average stuff for a left-hander and is a very good athlete too. 90-93 mph fastball, plus changeup, very good cutter. IIRC, Cliff Lee taught him the cutter last year. That pitch has helped turn his career around. I'll stick to what I said earlier - I think he has a chance to be a #2 starter in the major leagues.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Wood has been very impressive. He's got above average stuff for a left-hander and is a very good athlete too. 90-93 mph fastball, plus changeup, very good cutter. IIRC, Cliff Lee taught him the cutter last year. That pitch has helped turn his career around. I'll stick to what I said earlier - I think he has a chance to be a #2 starter in the major leagues.
    Agree. I've been calling him a 2 as well; it's the cutter and the fearlessness about getting strikes on the inside. The kid's a pitcher.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    I approve of this new thread, personally. It's kinda funny to me how I just took the scouting reports from years past as the gospel that said his ceiling was a #4 or #5 and I figured he'd make for a decent trade chip like, say, Justin Germano. So far he's looking like a genuine starter.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    I approve of this new thread, personally. It's kinda funny to me how I just took the scouting reports from years past as the gospel that said his ceiling was a #4 or #5 and I figured he'd make for a decent trade chip like, say, Justin Germano. So far he's looking like a genuine starter.
    Not just with his stuff, but his is just very confident and composed out there. He and Leake are amazing all around athletic specimans, who just happen to have very good arms as well. The comparisons of Glavine and Maddux from their early years is a good one. I don't think these guys will turn out to be those two.....but the games are pretty similar.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    I approve of this new thread, personally. It's kinda funny to me how I just took the scouting reports from years past as the gospel that said his ceiling was a #4 or #5 and I figured he'd make for a decent trade chip like, say, Justin Germano. So far he's looking like a genuine starter.
    Good cutters mix things up a bit, and they're probably one of my two favorite pitches (along with a good change-up). It's the one pitch that can really throw the BABIP equation out the window a bit, because the late movement makes it more difficult for hitters to square up on a ball.

    Once I saw the reports that Wood was working with Lee on the cutter - and then throwing the pitch well - that was golden news. That's the type of pitching development that can take a good prospect like Wood was previously and turn him into a really fine big league pitcher.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Really great that this kid is contributing like this, but I think we've seen enough in our years to not get ahead of ourselves this early in his career.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    The stuff claims have really been off on Wood.

    From early on, scouts, published reports, and web sites insisted he couldn't break 90. So, even with a great change (which we've not seen all that much, BTW), he was, at best, a BOR starter. Even last season, prospect mavens insisted he was short FB mph.

    That's been the revelation, to me at least. He's throwing 88-91 all game, but can reach back and hit 93 when needed. That's plus stuff, especially from a southpaw. And, unless he added those mph this season (in Cincinnati), I cannot see how all those supposed experts missed it.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    yea I've been really surprised to see Wood successfully pitching off of his fastball like he has. The changeup is no doubt a good one, but judging from his minor league scouting reports, it seemed like that was the only real weapon he had.

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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    . IIRC, Cliff Lee taught him the cutter last year.
    Travis Wood and Cliff Lee are from neighboring towns in Arkansas and work out together in the winter.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by HokieRed View Post
    I agree on the new thread idea. Anybody happy we didn't trade Wood yet?
    Yup, he's definitely been more impressive than I thought. I was high on him for years but I allowed my enthusiasm to wain a bit on him after his struggles 2 years back IIRC. Even after his '09 I wasn't this high on him, not so much his production but his stuff is better than I thought.

    ESPN's "Why they won"- Wood 102 pitches, 87 fastballs (Held Pit to 2-19 on AB ending with fastballs).

    Not sure why that won us the game but a nugget all the same, surprised to see so many fastballs but he does use 3 of them.
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    Re: Travis Wood

    Everyone keeps talking about the innings cap for Leake. Is there one for Wood? I know he's had some injuries in the past so I'm sure he's never thrown that many innings in a season. Will he have to be shut down at any point?
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