Wood has played for three different schools in three seasons and been drafted twice, most recently by the Rays last year.
Now he’s the ace of the Trojans. He hasn’t looked as good as most had hoped in 20.1 unimpressive innings. He hasn’t shown the same dominating look that made him one of the top prospects in the Cape Cod League last year. He has already issued ten walks and has an ERA over 5.00.
What he does offer, however, is more impressive that what he’s done so far. He’s a fire-baller, who looked like a potential top-ten pick on the Cape.
He was also a dominating reliever for St. Petersburg CC in 2010, causing the Rays to pounce on him in the fourth round. He turned down Tampa’s over-slot offer to return to USC to try to improve his draft stock even further.
He’ll likely be looking for a multi-million dollar bonus, which puts him right in line with the Royals or Red Sox profile.