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Travis Wood

#19 | LHP
Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers
Travis Wood
Name: Travis Alan Wood
Born: Feb 6, 1987 in Little Rock, Ark. USA
High School: Bryant (Ark.) HS
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 175 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L
Drafted in the 2nd round (60th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2005 (signed for $600,000)
Wood is a long-term project, albeit an intriguing one because there aren't many lefthanders who can reach 95 mph. His fastball sat at 88-91 mph for much of the spring, but he started making more frequent forays into the mid-90s as the draft drew closer. Wood isn't tall, but he generates his velocity with a quick arm and athleticism. Scouts aren't crazy about his delivery, as he throws with a lot of effort and with some recoil. Wood hasn't shown much aptitude for spinning a breaking ball, and his curveball ranges from below-average to decent. For the most part, he just rears back and blows fastballs by inferior competition, so he'll have to make adjustments at the next level. Wood is considered a tough but not impossible sign. If teams decide he can't be steered away from Arkansas, the state may not have a player drafted in the first 10 rounds.
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