Angels Designate Brandon Wood For Assignment

The Angels designated Brandon Wood for assignment to create roster space for Erick Aybar, who is coming off of the disabled list, according to Angels TV announcer Victor Rojas (on Twitter). After five years of disappointing performances in the majors, the Angels are finally ready to cut ties with the former first round pick, who is now out of options.

Wood followed up his poor 2010 season (.146/.174/.208 line) with a remarkably similar performance in 14 appearances this season (.154/.154/.231). The one-time top prospect will likely draw interest now that he's available; he has 161 minor league homers to his name, including 43 in 2005.


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4 years 3 months ago

how the mighty have fallen

jwredsox
4 years 3 months ago

My prediction of the year: Jerry Sands is Brandon Wood 2.0.

You heard me.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 3 months ago

I hate you.

jwredsox
4 years 3 months ago

I love you.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 3 months ago

Sorry. I just really want Sands to be good.

4 years 3 months ago

Based on what, exactly?

jwredsox
4 years 3 months ago

Similar story.
Both are hitters with bad mechanics who can expose mediocre minor league pitching but struggle (Or will struggle in Sand’s case) against advanced breaking balls.

Ken In Sac
4 years 3 months ago

Bad mechanics? Are you watching the same player. Yeah, his swing is long at times but I’ve seen an adjustment already to shorten his swing with two strikes.

jwredsox
4 years 3 months ago

We are watching the same player. Here’s a scouting report of his swing and I agree.

“A product of Division II Catawba College in North Carolina, Sands showed an inefficient, disjointed swing. Starting open, he took a big stride that forced him to lean his torso back to find balance. His hips drifted forward then twisted open along with his shoulders. Because of his long stride, he didn’t give himself much time to plant his front leg and leverage off of it. He has decent bat speed but he gets by more on strength than quickness.

Though he is patient, Sands didn’t put himself in a good position to drive off-speed pitches. He occasionally buckled on good breaking balls and seldom made loud contact. He fought himself with his swing mechanics; his upper body and lower body out of sync. He wasn’t in a good position to drive pitches that he wasn’t expecting.”

If you watch his swing in slow motion his swing is extremely awkward looking. And it isn’t saying that he can’t hit a fastball, it just says his swing and long stride puts him on his front foot with his weight shifted forward on breaking pitches so he can’t hit them hard. That’s a serious problem that will take more than shortening up with 2 strikes to fix.

Tirameenlasbolas
4 years 3 months ago

I just spoke with Charlie Lau. He’s seen the kid hit and said he’s legit.

ellisburks
4 years 3 months ago

He spoke to someone from beyond the grave! He’s a witch! Burn him!

Tirameenlasbolas
4 years 3 months ago

Are you saying that just because Chuck has passed that he can’t evaluate the kid’s swing? I’d hold a seance to get Mr. Lau’s opinion on Sandy’s swing before some internet scouts who’s personal baseball experience probably consisted of sitting on the bench in little league. Let Sandy play before you associate him with the never-was Brandon Wood!

ellisburks
4 years 3 months ago

No, I am saying that you are a witch because you weigh more than a duck. BURN HIM!

Tirameenlasbolas
4 years 3 months ago

A modern day Salem this message board is!

Ken In Sac
4 years 3 months ago

You are proving how much you don’t know baseball. Have you watch Sands’ at bat? His approach is better than wood’s already (2 games in MLB).

jwredsox
4 years 3 months ago

Sands and Wood both had similar minor league K% and BB% and ISO. And a 2 game MLB sample isn’t going to change that

Ken In Sac
4 years 3 months ago

My point proven. You are quoting minor league numbers. Look at their at bats. I am not saying Sands is a star but thus far his at bats are impressive. He’s laying off that slider on the outside corner which is promising. Can’t ask for more with a young player.

guydavis
4 years 3 months ago

The sample size you’re quoting is pretty hilarious. Even Francouer lays off a slider every once in a while

theoldgrizzlybear
4 years 3 months ago

Wish I could say the same about Carlos Gonzalez.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

the logic only works if the k% and bb% stayed the same in to the majors

jwredsox
4 years 3 months ago

Well we don’t really have the sample for Sands but K%, BB% and ISO are the three stats that translate most from level to level.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

Yes but did brandon woods k% bb% and ISO translate from AA/AAA to mlb?

jwredsox
4 years 3 months ago

No and the reason for that is his mechanics. Which is the same problem Sands has.

jwredsox
4 years 3 months ago

And don’t even mention Sands’ AAA numbers this season. Alb is a hitters heaven just like the leagues Wood lit up as a minor leaguer.

4 years 3 months ago

That is a stretch. Jerry Sands is not highly touted. Brandon Wood was supposed to be a contributing piece at the big league level. Just look at how much “rope” they gave him last year. Scosicia really wanted that kid to succeed. And Reaggins needed that kid to succeed. Now they look a little foolish with a huge hole at third base. A change of scenery will be good for him.

Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Minnesota, Cleveland, Seattle and Toronto would all be interested in theory ….

Truly, it has been a sore spot for the Halos since Figgins has left. He has an “it” factor that Aybar and Izturis are unable to provide to the top of a lineup.

Is Macier Izturis the answer?

Adrian Beltre sure would have fit in nice, but honest were do they go? Michael Young would be a good fit. Do the Angels reach out to Joe Crede? Luis Castillo? Maybe Brad Emaus can play 3rd? <——— Just kidding.

What about Chone Figgins? Seattle is already out of contention right? Last year Jack Z made a inter-division trade. While the jury is still out on that trade. So why not this year? Figgins has no long term value to the M's and I wouldn't think is value can fluctuate much at this stage of his career.

If you can get anything for him, especially a young player you would have long term control of that player and can spend that money elsewhere to fill the many holes they have. Nobody spends money worse than the M's. Heh Billy Bavasi?

Jeff Weissbuch
4 years 3 months ago

It is way to early to trade within the division. The Brewers might have some interest also.

PushDown
4 years 3 months ago

Izturis- .380 BA, Leads AL
Kendrick- .297, 6 HR to lead AL
Callaspo- .313 BA
Aybar- .313 BA

Yeah, the Angels infield are a wreck.

therizzl
4 years 3 months ago

Giants??

Reaper87
4 years 3 months ago

couldn’t hurt to put in a claim and try to stash him in AAA for a bit if no one else tries for him. Doubt they could get him, but who knows

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

He can no longer be optioned to AAA, or else the Angels would probably keep him.

Reaper87
4 years 3 months ago

I thought just the Angels couldn’t option him anymore, if he gets picked up on waivers a future team has to keep him in the bigs too? If that’s the case no one is putting in a claim on him

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Yep. Once all of a players options have been used up, no team can send them to the minors without exposing them to waivers first.

Someone will still claim him, though. Probably multiple teams. He can play two premium positions, and he’s still pretty young. He’ll definitely get a shot somewhere, at least as a UT. And the Angels will get a very small return.

Jeff Weissbuch
4 years 3 months ago

If the future team what him in the minors he will again have to clear waivers.

$2547887
4 years 3 months ago

The Angels will trade him to the National League where he will instantly become a 40 home run guy.

derekbellstutu
4 years 3 months ago

Jose Bautista 2.0?

Jeff Weissbuch
4 years 3 months ago

Not a chance

4 years 3 months ago

Whomever claims him has to keep him on their 25 man roster correct? It’ll be interesting to see who’s willing to take a chance on him.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 3 months ago

Dont think so. But if he is DFA’d again, hed have to go back through waivers

4 years 3 months ago

Right. That’s what I was thinking. DFA’ed and picked up, then the new team keeps him in the bigs or tries to send him through waivers again.

4 years 3 months ago

Wow, in 2010, he had 243 AB and a OPS+ of 5. Yes, five.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

Jays!!!

BVHjays
4 years 3 months ago

I dunno… I mean, I realize he’s sort of like a Mystery Box – where you realize it’s probably just junk but WHAT IF IT’S SOMETHING AMAZING – but realistically, is he going to be any better than Nix? And I don’t mean to sound like a giant homer who thinks Jayson Nix is anything great, or even anything good, but, I just don’t think anyone can believe much in Wood, especially considering that it may take trading “something”, as small as it would be, to get him.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

but nix is what he is.. where as Wood is failed potential…at worst wood is going to be a dud, where as at best he could be the next morrow or bautista.

nix is going to be nix, for better or worse. decent player. but AA has shown he has a knack for bringing in players that have further potential to fulfill.

notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

Blue Jays Get Wood

4 years 3 months ago

Blue Jays always get Wood when trades with the Angels are a possibility.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

ha!

4 years 3 months ago

Im thinking pirates.

BVHjays
4 years 3 months ago

I’m gonna guess Diamondbacks.

truhalo
4 years 3 months ago

i’m going to have to agree

4 years 3 months ago

Diamondbacks don’t need infield depth. Drew, Mora, Roberts, Bloomquist plus Blum on DL and Abreu in AAA

derekbellstutu
4 years 3 months ago

The Pirates give up some low minor league pitching for Wood and offer Josh Rodriguez back to Cleveland. I could see that happening.

pirateswillwinin2013
4 years 3 months ago

give em back to cleveland or work out a trade and send him to the minors

derekbellstutu
4 years 3 months ago

I forgot J-Rod was from Cleveland. Thanks for clarifying.

ze3
4 years 3 months ago

Damn

NathanielS
4 years 3 months ago

Poor kid

4 years 3 months ago

YES!!!!!

4 years 3 months ago

The next Nelson Cruz.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

juan rivera for Brandon wood + cash?

BVHjays
4 years 3 months ago

Anthopoulos will provide Tony Reagins with five one-hour sessions on how to run a baseball team.

4 years 3 months ago

The Angels could of designated Reggie Willits or Jeff Mathis for assignment to create roster spot instead of Wood.

4 years 3 months ago

As bad as both Jeff Mathis and Reggie Willits are, they’re nowhere near as bad as Wood (I know, doesn’t seem possible…)

4 years 3 months ago

Who internally do they have to fill that role though?

And who on the street can help them at 3rd?

derekbellstutu
4 years 3 months ago

Pirates deal Andy Marte for Brandon Wood?

4 years 3 months ago

You realize that the Angels have Izturis and Callaspo playing third right?

PushDown
4 years 3 months ago

Yeah its not like the Angels have 4 infielders who are hitting around a .300 clip or anything. How on earth are we going to replace that .143 BA and 14 AB.

4 years 3 months ago

You have clearly not experienced the worthlessness that is Jeff Mathis.

notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

i hate the hell out of mathis but they can’t keep sending wood out there and sitting him serves no purpose. the time had come to let him go

4 years 3 months ago

Willits and Mathis get paid more than twice the salary that Wood gets paid. Plus what’s going to happened when Maicer Izturis gets hurt? Remember he is a part time player he always gets hurt.

cookmeister
4 years 3 months ago

Aybar?

4 years 3 months ago

As a follower of the AL West… I agree with you completely.

However, Scosicia has a strong tie to Jeff Mathis for whatever reason. My guess is that Mathis has been a great organizational guy and just simply knows the pitchers and the division.

Mathis is a good catch and throw guy, but has we know and the rest of the league knows. He is challenged at the plate and has become the designated rally killer. He just an out waiting to come up.

The Angels love catchers and have a few notable ones. Obviously Hank Conger is the present and the future. But knowing Scosicia and his track record they probably have a couple other catchers on the 40 man roster. Meaning they have options. They would not have traded Napoli if they didn’t have a plan behind the plate. The Halos feel Conger can have a “Buster Posey” impact. But they won’t but that burden on him. So you may be stuck with Mathis or Bobby Brown behind the plate while the kid learns his staff and his division.

4 years 3 months ago

The Angels have already gone to a platoon at catcher with King Conger vs RHP and Premium Mathis vs LHP. Conger will get most of the starts.

4 years 3 months ago

Jo Jo Reyes for Wood.

4 years 3 months ago

That would be awesome. List E5 (Edwin Encarncion) and Brandon Wood in your program as your third basemen. While the Jays are at it? Go ahead and bring up Emaus after getting returned from the Mets.

All BS aside, if they got Jo Jo Reyes for him that would be a win for them and a good fit. Plus, that would even the score between the two GM’s. After AA won the first trade is just getting rid of Vernon Wells contract. Not that Wells isn’t a good and sometimes a great player. Just the cost and the field turf took its toll and the trade was symbolic to the new look Blue Jays.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

Incoming Call from *Anthopolous*

…..You probably should not pick up the phone Tony.

Bucs
4 years 3 months ago

I could see the Pirates, maybe. He does not fit on the current roster but could get a chance to play every day at 3rd starting June 6th. (after we draft Rendon and immediately begin the Pedro Alvarez 1st base experiment)

4 years 3 months ago

Are the Pirates convinced Alvarez can’t play third already? This kid has an ultra high ceiling. Offensively he is already a force and on defense his rhythms remind me of Pedro Feliz. Feliz was respectable in his own right and eventually became a regular on a title contending team.

Is Pearce a better option? Last night he turned a routine play into a circus act. Regardless of what he may give up in the “run prevention” category, he is a “run producer” and with his athleticism and upside he can make strides defensively sooner than later.

NOT A FAN of moving young position players has they transition to playing regularly in the MLB.

For the record, when the A’s brought up Eric Chavez they thought he was a defensive liability. Same with the Chi Sox and Joe Crede. Both the aforemention players won a gold glove, a silver slugger and were all stars at some point. Alvarez is far superior athlete and has had earlier success then both.

Todd Smith
4 years 3 months ago

The more I see of Pedro at 3rd, the more I like the idea of keeping him there. He has an absolute cannon for an arm, and he is probably as good as anybody in the league when charging in on a ball. The only thing he still struggles with are the hot shots right at him or to his backhand – but I think that can definitely improve over time.

I do like the idea of bringing in Brandon Wood to replace Josh Rodriguez though. Rodriguez hasn’t shown much of anything at this point, offensively or defensively – so I’d rather take a gamble on Wood right now.

4 years 3 months ago

I would pass on Rendon and take Cole. You pair him with Taillion at the top of the rotation and in three years you are the St. Louis Cardinals minus Albert Puljols, but with a better supporting cast.

The Pirates combo of Tabata and McCutchen is lethal and has a chance to be great. Plus if the catcher kid (forget his name) #4 pick couple years ago. They will have a chance to score some runs and offer power arm after power arm. The Pirates future is bright and is not that far away. Plus the Cardinals and Cubs are nearing rebuild modes.

So has a life long baseball fan, I am rooting for the return of the Pirates to prominence.

Jeff Weissbuch
4 years 3 months ago

Tony Sanchez is the catcher, Cole would be the guy for me

derekbellstutu
4 years 3 months ago

Onewildman, I agree with you. The Bucs should definitely take Cole over Rendon. Eventhough the Pirates farm system is deplete of power-hitters, you can never have enough top-flight pitchers like Gerrit Cole. Having Taillon and Cole in the wings would make Pirates fan wishing it was 2014.

Jeff Weissbuch
4 years 3 months ago

Really would you have to try and deal LYLE first

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Someone should take a flier on this guy. Especially if it’s a team who probably isn’t likely to compete for a playoff spot this season. It seems unlikely that he’ll ever be a solid regular. But you never know. Players have figured it out at much older ages before.

4 years 3 months ago

I would love for the Jays to get him but there are a couple of problems with that. First off if we get him, who would we send to the minors? We have seen the problems with our bullpen and out of option players. Secondly with Lawrie coming up in June that just makes it more jumbled with infielders. The easy solution, I guess, would be to let Nix go OR release Rivera. Even though every Jays fan want Rivera released ASAP, I still think we have to give him at lease another 2 weeks to see if he can do anything at all.

notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

why though? even if they put together passable seasons, toronto isn’t winning this year and neither nix nor rivera are a part of the jays’ bright future. wood could be

4 years 3 months ago

If Hill needs a DL stint, the Jays might have 2+ weeks to acquire Wood and evaluate who is the better fit for the bench between he and Nix when Rajai Davis is able to return.

elturtle
4 years 3 months ago

Wood needs to go to the NL. As an Angel fan, I wish him nothing but the best and hope he can succeed somewhere. Wish it was at Anaheim but oh well. Padres might be a good place for him.