ERIC WOOD
THIRD BASE
Born: November 22, 1992
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 6th Round, 196th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: Blinn College (TX JC)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates drafted aggressively in the first five rounds of the 2012 draft, so they may have been trying to save a little money with Wood, who wasn’t listed among Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospects.  He’s from Canada and was drafted by the Athletics out of high school in 2011, but didn’t sign.  He played third as well as pitching a little for Blinn.  He has some power potential due to good bat speed.  His defense may be suspect and he doesn’t run well.  Judging from some comments by his coach, the team originally considered Wood more of a pitcher, but he won the team’s HR-hitting contest and ended up playing third regularly.  Wood signed right after the draft for $100,000, which was a little more than half the slot amount.

2012
R:  287/371/467, 122 AB, 8 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 BB, 25 K, 2-6 SB
A-:  200/190/350, 20 AB, 1 2B, 1 3B, 9 K

Wood started off in the GCL and hit well, showing good power.  He played well enough that the Pirates chose to play him at third and Edwin Espinal at first in the playoffs, which forced Stetson Allie to the bench.  The Pirates promoted him briefly to State College.  He struggled to make contact there, but it was only a small number of at-bats.

2013
A:  255/314/360, 364 AB, 20 2B, 6 HR, 29 BB, 88 K, 2-5 SB

Wood was the regular thirdbaseman at West Virginia.  He got off to a strong start, hitting 282/333/482 in April, but he slumped badly after that.  He hit only two HRs after April and none in the second half.  He did rebound a little in August, hitting 268/344/375 and improving his plate discipline dramatically, although he got into only 15 games that month.  Wood missed time with minor injuries at several points during the season.  He struggled against LHPs, batting only 228/282241, with just one extra base hit in 79 ABs.  He hit 263/323/393 against RHPs.  Wood had significant problems on defense, posting a dismal fielding percentage of .873.

2014
A+:  271/345/393, 399 AB, 28 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 41 BB, 93 K, 7-10 SB

Wood was hurt at the start of the season, but took over at third for Bradenton in mid-April.  He made good progress over the previous season despite moving to a much tougher league for hitters.  He benefited a little from McKechnie Field, which is the best hitters park in the most extreme pitchers league in the minors:  Wood had a .772 OPS at home and .710 on the road.  Still, he improved his walk and K rates, and improved greatly as the season progressed.  He had a .625 OPS in the season’s first half and .831 in the second half.  He had a reverse platoon split, with a .771 OPS against RHPs and .663 against LHPs.  He continued to struggle with errors, posting a .918 fielding percentage.

The Pirates have promoted Wood aggressively.  Even though he was not all that experienced when they drafted him, he’s been consistently on the young side for his levels.  If some his doubles start to turn into HRs, he could be a viable hitting prospect.  It’d help if he could stay at third.  So far, that looks problematic, but more time there could help.  He should be the third baseman at Altoona in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NJCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
SB
CS
2012 .318 .425 .462 173 13 0 4 9 2
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2011: Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round, 1126th overall pick.
June 5, 2012:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 6th round, 196th overall pick; signed on June 13.