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  1. 1. Kerry Wood | RHP
    Kerry Wood
    Born: Jun 16, 1977
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 210
    Minors: 10-9 | 4.57 ERA | 186 SO | 131 BB | 151.7 IP

    After being limited to seven innings in his pro debut because of a respiratory illness, Wood showed in 1996 he could be just as dominating as he was in high school. He was voted the No. 1 prospect in the Florida State League despite being the youngest player in the league. He missed a month with a tender elbow but led Cubs minor leaguers in strikeouts and started both of Daytona's no-hitters. Wood is a potential No. 1 starter in the big leagues. He has a mid-90s fastball, and as he matures could add more velocity. His curveball can be inconsistent, but when he's in command it's a knee-buckler. You have to get picky to find fault. Wood's changeup is a tad below-average.

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