Class: RS Sophomore
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Born: January 12, 1991
One of the top redshirt sophomores in the 2012 draft class, lefty Alex Wood has drawn rave reviews this season. As the Diamond Dogs star pitcher, he has faced an incredible gauntlet, including seven starts against top 20 teams. Somehow he has managed to navigate through that tough stretch and come out smelling like roses, with a 7-3 record and 2.73 ERA.
Not only has Wood emerged as one of the top starters in the uber-competitive SEC, improving his draft stock, but he’s also, for the time being, put to bed concerns about his health. The lefty missed the majority of the 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery, hence the redshirt status.
He returned to the mound last year and showed some rust, finishing with seven losses and a 4.41 ERA. But there were bright spots, including his mano-a-mano duel with the top overall pick in last year’s draft Gerrit Cole, in which Wood struck out 11 batters and carried the Dawgs to victory. He also tossed his first complete-game in Georgia’s elimination game against Auburn.
The scouting report on Wood is as positive as it can get for a guy coming off Tommy John. After all, a lefty who throws in the mid 90s is always going to be a sought after kind of guy. In part due to his extended absence, he has yet to develop a true weapon in the form of a breaking ball, but his changeup has shown considerable promise.
His delivery has more going on than one would like to see, but for the most part he has avoided a massive mechanical meltdown this season.
By strengthening his breaking ball and sharpening his change, Wood could be a mid-rotation starter. If that proves to be too difficult a task, he would make a quality reliever.
Fastball: 92-96 mph
Changeup: 79-84 mph
Curveball: 78-83 mph