At the end of March, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed right handed reliever Tim Wood to a minor league deal, shortly after he was released by the Washington Nationals. Wood threw 27.2 innings in the majors in 2010, with a 5.53 ERA, and coming in to the 2010 season, he had a 4.02 ERA in 53.2 innings at the AAA level.
In his first outing for Indianapolis, Wood was hit pretty hard, allowing three runs on three hits in an inning of work. Since then he's made four appearances, allowing one run in 4.2 innings, striking out six in that span. That includes 1.1 perfect innings today, with two strikeouts, getting the save for Indianapolis. The most impressive thing about Wood so far has been his velocity.
In the past, Wood has touched 97 MPH with his fastball. I received a report today that Wood hit 97 in his two shutout innings on Saturday, and in today's game he was sitting at 95 MPH, and hit 98 MPH two times. His slider was 84-86 MPH, wh...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.