Hood made a big step this year and I could see an even bigger one next season. He had one less PA than last year, so comparison is easy. He maintained or improved in nearly every category. His doubles were the same, but home runs were up by 8, increasing his SLG by 57 points. He nearly doubled his walks and cut down on his strikeouts, raising his OBP 31 points. And he started to show some good speed, improving dramatically on the basepaths (2010 - 5/12 vs 2011 - 21/27). Throw in 12 outfield assists and the improvement from low A is nearly stunning. No doubt in my mind that he starts next season at AA.
i got to watch him a few times at Potomac last year, he just stands out from the rest of the team in terms of size and athleticism. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in Nats park next September assuming he has a good year in AA and makes it to AAA before September.