Angels Part Ways With Wood

Another Slow Start Dooms Former Top Prospect





ANAHEIM The Angels never gave Brandon Wood 250 at-bats in a season. In five seasons, he never gave them a batting average above .200.

Wood, 26, and the Angels finally went their separate ways, long after his trade value had peaked and their patience had been exhausted. The Angels designated him for assignment three weeks into the season, with Wood hitting a familiar .143/.143/.214.

Wood, a first-round pick in 2003 out of Horizon High in Scottsdale, Ariz., had been ranked among baseball's top prospects since batting .321/.383/.672 with 43 home runs at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2005.

In limited opportunities, he never could translate his minor league success in the major leagues. In his one solid chance, the Angels tried him at third base last year, after Chone Figgins left as a free agent.

Wood hit .146/.174/.208, with six walks and 71 strikeouts in 226 at-bats. The Angels gave him roughly half the season before giving up on him as a starter, though they broke camp this spring with Wood as a backup at first base, shortstop and third.

"Brandon needs to go and play and get an opportunity to establish his career," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And we'll be proud of him when it happens."

Wood blamed no one but himself.

"I think everybody in this room will say that is what I needed, from the staff to Scioscia to most of the guys," said Wood, who had eight strikeouts in 14 at-bats with the Angels this year. "I had my chance to get it locked down last year and it didn't happen.

"But when you do all you can to be nothing but an Angel, you go to bed thinking about it, wake up in the morning thinking about it. Even after last year, you've got it in the back of your head that if something happens you're going to go in and redeem yourself and turn the boos into cheers. But that's just not the way it worked out."

ANGEL FOOD

• The Angels called up righthander Tyler Chatwood, who made his big league debut at 21. Chatwood, a second-round draft pick in 2008, lost to the Indians but won his second start, giving up one run in seven innings to the White Sox.

• The Angels promoted infielder Dillon Baird, 23, to Double-A Arkansas after he hit .372/.426/.698 in 12 games at high Class A Inland Empire.