Alex Wood

Alex Wood

30-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Francisco Giants
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Wood was handed a starting job to begin the 2020 campaign but made only one appearance before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the entirety of August. The emergence of rookie hurlers Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May relegated Wood to a bullpen role upon his return, and he finished the season having pitched only 12.2 innings. It's difficult to extract much useful information over such a small sample, but if there's a positive spin it's that his fastball clocked in a tick faster than in his previous two seasons and his 23.1 K% was his highest since 2017 -- results, perhaps, of his offseason work with Driveline Baseball. A strong showing in the postseason (one run, eight strikeouts in 6.2 relief innings) may help Wood's prospects on the free-agent market, though teams are no doubt well aware of the lefty's history of health issues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Giants in January of 2021.
Stellar showing in Game 3
PSan Francisco Giants
October 12, 2021
Wood fired 4.2 scoreless frames in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four.
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Wood didn't factor into the decision, as he was pulled midway through the fifth inning, but it was a stellar showing for the veteran southpaw. The Giants now have a 2-1 series lead, and Wood could work in a similar twice-through-the-order role if the team advances to the NLCS.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
84
Last 10 Games
75
Last 5 Games
67
How many pitches does Alex Wood generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Alex Wood generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .269 185 42 10 46 8 0 5
Since 2019vs Right .247 618 155 44 137 31 3 22
2021vs Left .258 135 29 8 32 4 0 3
2021vs Right .230 450 123 31 93 20 3 11
2020vs Left .300 22 6 1 6 2 0 0
2020vs Right .306 43 9 5 11 4 0 2
2019vs Left .296 28 7 1 8 2 0 2
2019vs Right .289 125 23 8 33 7 0 9
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-9%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-40%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.19 1.20 103.0 7 4 0 9.8 2.6 1.0
Since 2019Away 4.61 1.35 84.0 4 4 0 9.1 2.6 1.6
2021Home 3.58 1.04 83.0 7 2 0 9.7 2.4 0.8
2021Away 4.20 1.40 55.2 3 2 0 10.2 2.7 1.1
2020Home 4.91 1.64 7.1 0 1 0 13.5 6.1 1.2
2020Away 8.44 2.06 5.1 0 0 0 6.8 1.7 1.7
2019Home 7.82 2.05 12.2 0 1 0 8.5 2.1 2.8
2019Away 4.70 1.04 23.0 1 2 0 7.0 2.3 2.7
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Stat Review
How does Alex Wood compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.90
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
91.8 mph
 
ERA
3.83
 
WHIP
1.18
 
BABIP
.317
 
GB/FB
2.21
 
Left On Base
69.9%
 
Exit Velocity
81.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.0%
 
Spin Rate
2012 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.9%
 
Swinging Strike
12.9%
 
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I once had a pitcher, or should I say, he once had me. He showed me his curveball, and asked isn't it good, Norwegian spin? He asked me to stay, he told me to roster him anywhere, so I looked around, and noticed there was not a chair. Wood has either pitched over 151 innings, or fewer than 61 in each of the past four seasons. He gets strikeouts, and he does not hurt himself with walks. Until this past season, he did not have a problem with homers. He allowed 11 homers in 35.2 innings with the Reds because he struggled with a bad back all season. Pitching mechanics are a fine-tuned exercise, so anything that disrupts that can lead to bad results. For Wood and his high-effort delivery, a bad back prevented him from finishing off his delivery and pitches, so mistakes were left up in the zone that got hammered. He is an endgame skills target that could also be your first drop for a free agent.
Wood experimented with pitching exclusively out of the stretch last season and it didn't work out. His average fastball velocity fell below 90 mph in 2018 and his strikeout rate dropped to 21.2%, the second-lowest mark of his career. Meanwhile his opponents' hard-hit rate leapt 10 percentage points to a career-worst 37.9%. It's not like his season was that bad -- he had a 1.60 FIP against lefties and a 3.53 mark overall -- but the decline in stuff is a troubling sign moving forward. The Dodgers had settled on 150 or so innings as a cap for Wood, and as he approached that number in September, the team moved him to the bullpen. That kind of innings limit put a firm cap on Wood's fantasy upside, and while he could push back up closer to 200 frames with Cincinnati following a December trade, the Dodgers did what they did for a reason (Wood battled arm issues earlier in his career).
The Dodgers' extensive pitching depth confined Wood to the bullpen to begin last season, but when injuries hit the starting ranks in April, the lefty entered the rotation and didn't look back. After roaring to an 11-0 record, 1.56 ERA and 0.88 WHIP though his first 16 outings, Wood proved more mortal in the second half (3.89 ERA, 1.24 WHIP in 71.2 innings), with his strikeout and home-run rates swinging wildly in undesirable directions. Wood's low cost of acquisition still made him a major fantasy bargain in 2017, but with the 27-year-old's place in the rotation secure entering the upcoming campaign, he will be more properly valued on draft day this time around. Since Wood has turned in FIPs ranging between 3.18 and 3.69 the last four seasons, he'll likely veer closer to the second-half version of himself rather than the legitimate Cy Young candidate he was prior to the All-Star break. That's still plenty useful, especially while he's supported by one of baseball's top offenses.
The lefty with the Tazmanian delivery was shelved for much of last season, as arm woes disabled him in early June and in-season elbow surgery took him out until mid-September. His pitching motion is a site to behold, with his head veering every direction throughout the course of his delivery, and it's somewhat amazing that he can hit spots at all with such a blatant imbalance in his mechanics. It's even more shocking that he can maintain something approaching a league-average walk rate with that shaky delivery, but Wood has stayed within spitting distance of 3.0 BB/9 in each of the past three seasons. Wood will be one of a dozen contenders for a spot in back of the Dodgers' rotation in the spring, though his combination of bullpen experience, recent health issues and the leftward-leaning starting staff of the Dodgers could very well conspire to keep him in the bullpen.
Wood came over from the Braves to the Dodgers in a July blockbuster that also involved Jose Peraza and Hector Olivera. He ultimately notched career highs in starts (32), innings (189.2), and wins (12). That said, 2015 represented a bit of a step back over his 2014 season, as Wood's ERA rose from 2.78 to 3.84 and his WHIP shot from 1.14 to 1.36. Wood also saw his strikeout rate drop sharply - 6.6 K/9 vs. 2014's 2.8. Wood does a good job limiting free passes (2.8 BB/9) and he generates about two groundballs per flyball, helping offset a below average fastball (89.1 mph on average). Of his final five starts last year, Wood allowed 14 total runs in two of them and just four combined in the other three. Wood should have a role in the back end of the Dodgers' 2016 rotation where he'll look to improve his consistency and develop more of an "out pitch" against right-hand hitters who batted .292 against him last year.
Gavin Floyd's return in early May afforded the Braves the option of moving Wood to the bullpen, and they took advantage, seeing it as a perfect opportunity to manage the lefty's innings. Following a brief assignment to the minors to get stretched out, Wood returned to the rotation June 25 and went on to post a 2.20 ERA and .227 BAA in 13 second-half starts. He cut down on his walks while maintaining a strikeout rate of 8.9 K/9 and lowered his ERA by more than 30 points despite his HR/FB nearly doubling (from 5.1% to 10.0%). Wood used his plus curveball far more often to great results and mixed in his changeup effectively, with his stuff proving equally difficult on lefties (.667 OPS) and righties (.645), providing hope that he can sustain a good deal of success at the major league level despite a fastball that averages under 90 mph. Along with Julio Teheran, Wood will form one of the youngest 1-2 punches in the league, but any innings restrictions will likely lifted and he already has an impressive major-league track record for a 24-year-old.
The Braves were looking for a way to work Wood into the rotation in late July, after the left-hander posted a 1.26 ERA, a 9.0 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 over 12 starts with Double-A Mississippi and a 2.45 ERA in 16 appearances with the big club to begin the year. Injuries to Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm opened the door, and Wood went on to go 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA and a 8.7 K/9 in 11 starts with Atlanta. Eventually, Wood transitioned back to a bullpen role, but the 23-year-old will compete for a rotation spot this spring, and considering how well he performed last season, he likely has an edge over the likes of David Hale and J.R. Graham.
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No run support in no-decision
PSan Francisco Giants
September 30, 2021
Wood did not factor in the decision against Arizona on Wednesday despite hurling six scoreless frames during which he allowed three hits and no walks while striking out six.
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Fans seven in four innings
PSan Francisco Giants
September 24, 2021
Wood allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven against Colorado on Friday. He did not factor in the decision.
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Not involved in decision
PSan Francisco Giants
September 18, 2021
Wood did not factor into the decision in Saturday's 2-0 win over Atlanta, throwing three innings while allowing only one baserunner and recording four strikeouts.
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Activated for Saturday's start
PSan Francisco Giants
September 18, 2021
Wood (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of his start against Atlanta on Saturday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Starting Saturday
PSan Francisco Giants
Illness
September 17, 2021
Wood (illness) will be activated from the COVID-19 injured list to start Saturday's game against Atlanta, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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