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Wood Earns Quick Hook

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

Brandon Wood, one of the Angels' top prospects and a candidate to start in their infield next season, should be ready for competition in spring training after finding out just how unforgiving winter ball can be. Wood, 23, hit just .167/.259/.250 for Estrellas in the Dominican League, with one home run and 16 strikeouts (against six walks) in 48 at-bats. The club sent him home after 13 games, when he managed just one hit in his final 13 at-bats.

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Good Wood

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

Brandon Wood has not performed well in three trials in the major leagues, batting .134 with two home runs and 33 strikeouts in 97 at-bats. However, that did not scare off other teams from asking about him in the weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.

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Hometown Hero

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

The Angels haven't raised a big-time power hitter for a decade, save for the all-too-injured Dallas McPherson. They might finally have found one down the street from Angel Stadium. Mark Trumbo grew up in Orange County, a long fungo from the ballpark. He wowed scouts as a pitcher at Villa Park High, but the Angels drafted him in 2004 and paid him $1.425 million to grab a bat.<br/>

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Positioned To Succeed

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If the Angels needed him to pitch, he'd be happy to do it. Sean Rodriguez said he was an "occasional closer" in high school and a regular pitcher in his youth. "It was easier then," he said. "I didn't need to throw any breaking balls." The Angels probably will pass on Rodriguez as a pitcher, but they would not hesitate to play him just about anywhere else on the diamond.

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