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40 Alex Wood SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 1/12/1991 | Birthplace: Charlotte, NC | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Atlanta | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 92/66 | Average Draft Position: 143.67
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Alex Wood bounces back with eight Ks vs. Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood got back on track with a quality start Sunday against the Phillies, improving to 7-7 on the year. The right-hander yielded one run on three hits and no walks while striking out eight over six innings of an 8-2 win.

Over his last four starts covering 24 1/3 innings, Wood has allowed 10 earned runs. He owns a 3.24 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 91 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come Friday at home against San Diego.

Alex Wood picks up no decision after tough start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood had a rough start against the Cubs Friday.

Wood gave up four runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six during the outing. Wood cruised through his first two innings of work, putting the Cubs down in order. The third inning brought some complications. After putting the first two men on, Wood gave up a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. 

The Braves would come back to tie the game while Wood tossed up two more scoreless innings. Things then unraveled in the sixth. Wood again put the first two batters on base before hitting Welington Castillo with a pitch. With the bases loaded, Chris Coghlan singled in a run, chasing Wood from the game. Shae Simmons came on in relief, and allowed one run, which was charged to Wood.

Wood was set to lose the game, but the Braves mounted a comeback in the ninth inning. His next start will come after the All-Star break. 


One mistake enough to send Alex Wood to loss Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood was effective over seven innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks. However, one big mistake was enough to send him to defeat in a 3-1 loss.

Wood (6-7) was locked in a scoreless battle with Wade Miley until Paul Goldschmidt hit the left-field foul pole with two outs in the third inning, putting Arizona ahead 2-0 with his 16th home run of the season.

Wood would not allow another run the rest of the way, but the damage was already done. He was charged with two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two. It was his first loss as a starter since May 4.

The lefty is expected to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Cubs.


Alex Wood strikes out seven Mets Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood wasn't a factor in the decision Monday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and one walk in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 5-3 win over the Mets.

Wood surrendered a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning and gave up one run in each of the second and third innings, but he was able to gut it out to pick up a quality start. He owns a 3.19 ERA and 74:17 K:BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings. Wood is slated to take on the Diamondbacks Sunday.


Alex Wood breezes through seven innings in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood dominated the Astros in his return to the majors Wednesday, in a 4-0 win.

The Braves wanted to keep Wood on a pretty limited pitch count, but he still made it through seven innings on just 79 pitches. He worked through the Astros with little trouble, allowing three hits and one walk in seven innings of work. Wood also struck out four batters in the win, which evened his record at 6-6 for the season.

Wood has been searching for a consistent role all season, having made eight starts in the majors to go with 11 relief appearances, as well as some time in the minors. He should be in the rotation for good moving forward, and carries a 3.07 ERA in 67 1/3 innings into his next outing, set for Monday against the Mets.  


Braves recall Alex Wood from Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Braves recalled pitcher Alex Wood from Triple-A Gwinnett after Tuesday's game.

Wood is scheduled to start Wednesday, and he should be in the rotation for the forseeable future after the injury to Gavin Floyd. Wood is 5-6 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 63:15 K:BB ratio in 18 appearances (seven starts).


Alex Wood set to start Wednesday against Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) The Braves are wasting no time getting promising left-hander Alex Wood back in the starting rotation upon the placing of Gavin Floyd on the disabled list. Wood has had his minor league stint cut short and will start Wednesday in Houston.

Wood had been thriving as a starter, but the Braves moved him to the bullpen to limit his innings. He had a 1.54 ERA in his first five starts before faltering a bit in his last two outings.


Alex Wood needs to be owned


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2014) In case you haven't made the connection yourself, Gavin Floyd's elbow fracture is most likely Alex Wood's ticket back to the big-league rotation, so if he's somehow still available in your league, pick him up.

This was the Braves' plan all along -- well, not the injury, but temporarily moving Wood to the bullpen to keep his innings down only to move him back to the starting rotation later in the season. It's why they sent him to Triple-A Gwinnett to get stretched out.

Of course, he's made only two starts there, so he'll probably get one more. The Braves can wait until their doubleheader June 28 to add him and probably will.

But make no mistake: He's coming, and if he's anything like he was in his first five starts, pitching seven innings or more four times with a 1.54 ERA and a strikeout per inning, he'll be a major asset for Fantasy owners down the stretch, particularly in leagues where his relief pitcher eligibility makes a difference.


Alex Wood to make Triple-A debut Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Braves expect Alex Wood to be a starter from this point on in the season, after he was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday.

Wood, who had been pitching out of the bullpen for a month after opening the season as a starter for the Braves, will now be stretched out as a starter. According to MLB.com, Wood will throw up to 60 pitches in his first start at Triple-A Friday, and will be the first player the team calls on if a need for another start arises.

"We need him to go down and stretch out," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "There's no timetable. But he's a big piece of our organization and our future."

One obvious day Wood could return to Atlanta is June 28, when the Braves play the Phillies in a doubleheader. Otherwise, he will have to wait for a trade or injury to open up a rotation spot. 


Stashing Alex Wood should pay off soon


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/10/2014) With word Alex Wood is headed to Triple-A Gwinnett to be stretched out (or re-stretched out) as a starter, those who waited patiently for his return to the starting rotation can now look forward to their reward.

And those who play in a league where he was dropped can now claim someone else's.

Wood, remember, looked like one of this season's biggest breakouts at starting pitcher in April, compiling a 1.54 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings in his first five starts. The problem was he pitched seven innings or more in four of them, which wouldn't have been a problem at all if Wood hadn't spent much of last season in the bullpen, accumulating just 143 innings between the majors, minors and postseason.

The Braves had to slow him down, so after he made a couple more starts (both five innings, but only one bad), they sent him to the bullpen. Aaron Harang had earned a longer look in the starting rotation, and they were short on relievers anyway. It was never meant to be a permanent arrangement, though, and now that Harang has established something in the way of trade value, the Braves are preparing to get Wood back where he belongs.

So should you, particularly in Head-to-Head points leagues. As SPARPs (starting pitchers with relief pitcher eligibility) go, Wood is more Garrett Richards than Jesse Chavez.


Alex Wood officially optioned to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Braves optioned pitcher Alex Wood to Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday. It was reported earlier Tuesday by MLB.com the team is demoting Wood so he can work as a starter in the minors.

Report: Alex Wood expected to be demoted to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) MLB.com Braves beat writer Mark Bowman reports Atlanta is expected to demote pitcher Alex Wood to Triple-A Gwinnett to work as a starter.

Wood, who went 2-5 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in seven starts before being moved to the bullpen, is 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 11 relief appearances.


Alex Wood picks up late win Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood picked up a late win Sunday against the Marlins.

Wood was more a victim of circumstance, as he came on in relief of Aaron Harang. To his credit, Wood pitched well, tossing a perfect 1 1/3 inning of ball. He struck out one hitter during the appearance. Wood happened to be the pitcher of record when Evan Gattis homered in the ninth, giving him the win. 

Wood's record now sits at 5-5.


Move from starter to reliever not suiting Alex Wood


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Braves starter-turned-reliever Alex Wood is adding fuel to the fire for those who believe the switch should not have been made by his performance out the bullpen.

Opposing batters are hitting .348 against Wood in his last seven appearances compared to .233 a year ago in 20 relief outings.

Wood was performing extremely well in the rotation, but Fredi Gonzalez removed him in favor of such veterans as Gavin Floyd and Aaron Harang. Wood was 2-5 in seven starts, but gave up two or fewer runs in six of them in compiling a 3.00 ERA. His ERA aside from the one poor game in Miami was 1.80 as a starter.


Alex Wood picks up relief win Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Braves reliever Alex Wood picked up his second win as a reliever and his fourth of the season Thursday night against the Brewers.

Wood struck out one and allowed one hit in one scoreless inning of work. The Braves scored three runs n the seventh inning to take the lead. He owns a 3.29 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 52 innings of work this season.

Alex Wood expects to start again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Braves reliever Alex Wood could start again this year, according to MLB.com.

"It's one of those things that it's kind of what's best for us right now," Wood said. "With [Jordan Walden] banged up, they need a little help in the 'pen." Wood added that he doesn't have a problem with his current role.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez seemed to indicate that Wood would eventually move back to the rotation. "Sooner or later somebody is going to need a breather and you plug him right back in there," Gonzalez said. While the move fits the team's immediate needs, Wood could slot right back in once things change. 

Through 49 2/3 innings, Wood has a 3.26 ERA. 


Alex Wood remains too valuable to drop


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/14/2014) When Aaron Harang and Gavin Floyd got through their latest starts without too much difficulty, the writing was on the wall. Alex Wood would be moving to the bullpen -- and for more than just a one-turn deal.

That start he was scheduled to make against the Cardinals Saturday? Canceled. And just to drive home the point, the Braves brought him in for an extended (and mostly ineffective) relief appearance Wednesday at San Francisco.

But just because he's out now doesn't mean he's out forever -- or even for long. Harang's performance is still too good to be true, given the way the last six seasons have gone for him, and Floyd wasn't exactly cotending for Cy Youngs before having Tommy John surgery, compiling a 4.20 ERA since the start of the 2009 season.

The Braves view Wood as a starter long-term, so even though they're hoping to limit his innings now, they'll face this same problem again next year if they don't let him accumulate them at some point.

One way or another, I think he finds his way back in the rotation sooner than later, and knowing how effective he can be as a starter, you wouldn't want someone else to benefit from it.


Braves change rotation plans as Alex Wood stays in relief


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) The Braves announced a change in their rotation plans for a weekend series against the Cardinals, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Alex Wood, who was scheduled to start Saturday, will remain in the bullpen for the time being. Aaron Harang will move up to start Saturday and Gavin Floyd will start the series finale Sunday.


Alex Wood picks up relief win in extras Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood picked up a relief win in extras Friday night at home against the Cubs.

Wood permitted one hit and no walks while striking out two in one inning of work, improving his ERA to 2.93 on the year. He is expected to return to the rotation May 17 against the Cardinals.

Alex Wood to stay in the bullpen temporarily


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood will miss just one turn through the rotation, according to MLB.com.

Wood will be replaced by Gavin Floyd during the upcoming week. He will return to the rotation May 17 against the Cardinals. Wood has a 3.00 ERA in 45 innings. 


Alex Wood bound for the bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood will pitch out of the bullpen, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Wood was moved to the pen in order to make room for Gavin Floyd. Though Wood has posted strong numbers, he understands the team's desire to save his innings. "If that's what's best for the team, I'm Ok with it," Wood said. He added that he hopes he doesn't have to stay in the bullpen too long.

Wood has a 3.00 ERA in 45 innings. 


No need to panic with Alex Wood


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) A return to the bullpen may be inevitable for Alex Wood at this point. Virtually every Braves beat writer speculates he'll be the odd man out both because he's already accustomed to relieving and because the Braves wish to limit his innings after he threw 143 between the majors, minors and playoffs last season.

But it is only speculation right now. The Braves still plan for Wood to start Sunday's game, so it's not like they're looking to take him out. Gavin Floyd's emergence is less an excuse to do so than Aaron Harang's downfall would be an excuse to leave Wood in. It just hasn't happened yet -- not to the extent it would need to, anyway.

Part of me wonders if the Braves are waiting to see what Harang does Monday before committing to Wood in one role or the other. They couldn't have expected the 35-year-old journeyman to perform this well when they signed him, but since he has, they're not so anxious to turn the page. Now would be a good time for him to falter since they have the depth, but if he doesn't, it's an opportunity to cut back on Wood's innings for a while.

And I do believe it would be only a while. If the Braves view Wood as a starter long-term -- and they must with the way he's performed in the role -- they need to continue building up his innings, which would require a move back to the rotation at some point. Because I expect Harang to flop sooner than later, I wouldn't be looking to dump Wood right now.


Gavin Floyd like to stay in rotation; Alex Wood could be out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) The Braves do not plan to have pitcher Gavin Floyd work out of the bullpen, manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com Wednesday.

"He's one guy that would not go to the bullpen, I don't think, just because of the Tommy John [surgery]," Gonzalez said. "We all know how the bullpen thing is. You get up, you get down, you go in, you don't go in. You've got to warm up in 50 [games], and I don't want to do that to him."

Floyd impressed in his return from the disabled list Tuesday, and Gonzalez said he wants to keep Floyd in the rotation moving forward. Despite that, the team still hasn't scheduled Floyd for his next start.

The Braves still do not plan to use a six-man rotation, so a decision will need to be made about how the rotation will shake out. Alex Wood could be the odd-man out, given the team's desire to keep him on an innings limit this season. 


Braves announce rotation plans for series vs. Cubs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) The Braves announced Wednesday their rotation plans for a three-game series this weekend against the Cubs, which starts Friday.

Julio Teheran will start the series opener and be followed by Ervin Santana and Alex Wood, per MLB.com. Santana rejoins the rotation after missing one start due to a thumb injury. Gavin Floyd started in Teheran's absence Tuesday against the Cardinals.


Alex Wood pitches decently, takes loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Braves pitcher Alex Wood fell to 2-5 with Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Giants, but he didn't pitch badly. Wood allowed two earned runs over five innings, striking out seven and walking one while yielding seven hits.

Wood labored to get through five innings, throwing 104 pitches. His ERA stands at 3.00.

It is unclear when Wood will start next, as the Braves have a glut of starting pitchers with Gavin Floyd now activated.