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Offline KnorrForYourMoney

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Re: Follow the Prospects: James Wood, OF
« Reply #50: August 30, 2022, 08:03:04 PM »
Out with knee soreness

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Not what you like to see in a tall, young outfielder.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: James Wood, OF
« Reply #51: August 30, 2022, 08:05:06 PM »
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Not what you like to see in a tall, young outfielder.
Eh, kind of expected. Most baseball he's ever played.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: James Wood, OF
« Reply #52: September 10, 2022, 12:11:22 PM »
He's playing again. Saw him strike out last night...but then turned back to the Nats. Box score says he struck out three times. Average still .295.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: James Wood, OF
« Reply #53: September 14, 2022, 11:55:38 AM »
As of today, hitting .293, 2 homers, .829 OPS at Fred-burg: https://www.milb.com/player/james-wood-695578

Not a bad first year in A-ball.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: James Wood, OF
« Reply #54: October 13, 2022, 07:52:11 PM »
https://www.mlb.com/nationals/news/standout-prospect-statistics-2022

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Nationals: 151 wRC+
James Wood, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 34)
That’s Wood’s number for the season, split over 71 games mostly between Single-A Fredericksburg in the Nats system and Single-A Lake Elsinore in the Padres pipeline. We use wRC+, which is controlled for league factors in the Minors, because it helps eliminate some of the pro-hitter California League numbers and illustrates just how good Wood was everywhere he played before and after the Juan Soto blockbuster. The 6-foot-7 outfielder strikes out less than you’d expect for someone with his size and power, and his loud tools should make him a fun follow in his new organization.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: James Wood, OF
« Reply #56: November 12, 2022, 11:53:22 AM »
Named top A-level prospect:
https://www.milb.com/news/single-a-all-stars-mvp-top-prospect-2022
top prospect in the California League for his time prior to the trade.


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Re: Follow the Prospects: James Wood, OF
« Reply #57: January 11, 2023, 08:43:05 AM »
Mayo on an MLB Pipeline poll of front office executives regarding prospects with best tools:
https://www.mlb.com/nationals/news/mlb-front-office-selections-best-prospect-tools?t=mlb-pipeline-coverage

Usable (Game) Power:

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43% -- Jordan Walker, OF, Cardinals
11% -- Francisco Álvarez, C, Mets
9% -- James Wood, OF, Nationals
6% -- Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B, Reds
6% -- Gunnar Henderson, 3B/SS, Orioles
6% -- Tyler Soderstrom, 1B/C, A’s
Also received votes: Brett Baty, 3B, Mets; Triston Casas, 1B, Red Sox; Marco Luciano, SS, Giants; Matt Mervis, 1B, Cubs; George Valera, OF, Guardians; Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees; Matt Wallner, OF, Twins

This is another question that I would have thought might have gone differently, with Álvarez and his 51 Minor League homers over the last two seasons (not to mention his career .526 slugging percentage in the Minors) getting more support. Baked into the term “usable power” is the belief that a player will consistently tap into their raw pop to put up numbers in the big leagues, and it turns out more execs believe Walker’s feel to hit will mean more usable power.

Considering age and ETA in the majors, the Wood consensus is remarkable.