For the three hours or so during the Halos’ 4-3 win over Detroit, the Angels were sporting Wood. According to those incessant television commercials, you’re supposed to call your doctor after four hours in such a condition.
Compounding matters, unfortunately, Wood went unused.
John Manuel at Baseball America appears to be much more impressed with Brandon Wood than is, say, Mike Scioscia.
Manuel makes an excellent point, though, in regard to Scioscia’s evaluation of Wood:
“I’m not sure what Scioscia’s issue with him is, but he’s around him every day and also knows what he wants.”
Often lost on us fans is the fact that Scioscia is a world-class talent evaluator who interacts with his players on a daily basis. It’s easy to speculate about guys like Wood but the truth is that Scioscia is awfully good at what he does.
Still, we wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the Angels make a personnel move before opening day.
[Update - Over at Halos Heaven, folks are a bit confused regarding Brandon Wood's sudden disappearance from the Angels' 40-man roster. It's hard to believe that a simple mistake couldn't have been addressed in more than 24 hours. Perhaps something is devloping.]
Happy Birthday to Brandon Wood. Despite being a highly-touted Angel prospect for almost 47 years, he turns just 24 today.
Alfredo Griffin resigned as GM of Estrellas in the Dominican League after the team released Brandon Wood, Bobby Wilson, and Reggie Willits.
We can’t decide what’s cooler, though, that Alfredo took one for the team or that he has aged to look like Scatman Crothers.
Technical issues dispatched, we’re back. Sorry for the delay.
For as long as we’ve been hearing about Brandon Wood, it’s exceptionally hard to believe that he’s only 24. Despite a crowded infield, though, Wood could find a role yet.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this to say in his spring training preview of the Angels:
“The Angels have an offensive void to fill with Mark Teixeira and Garret Anderson gone. First baseman Kendry Morales and third baseman Brandon Wood will be counted on to bolster the attack, but depending on young players is not the safest way to go.”
Depending on Kendry Morales isn’t much different than depending on Casey Kotchman, who many people seem to forget was the Angels’ first baseman during the first half of last season.
And, last we checked, Chone Figgins was still the slated third baseman, as he was at the beginning of last season. Brandon Wood may very well get his shot this year, but it’s a bit premature to anoint him the starting third baseman.
We’re not the only ones enjoying Caribbean League baseball. Tim Heaney offers a nice round-up, noting the excellent season by Kendry Morales and the dismal showing by Brandon Wood.
Omitted from the list is Maicer Izturis, who enjoyed a solid season in the Venezuelan League.
With an overloaded infield, including two highly regarded future superstars in Brandon Wood and Howie Kendrick, we’re not sure the Angels “make sense,” though they’ve been linked to Dan Uggla before.