Alex Wood
Alex Wood
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $9.65 million contract with the Reds in February of 2019 after winning arbitration hearing.
Takes loss Tuesday
PCincinnati Reds
August 13, 2019
Wood (1-1) allowed three earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out four across five innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Nationals.
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Wood's start was sunk by the long ball, as he surrendered two solo home runs across five frames. He's now allowed at least one homer in each of his four starts this season, amounting to a 2.8 HR/9 mark. On the other hand, he's managed an impressive 15:3 K:BB ratio in his 19.1 innings, suggesting that he's deserving of better than a 5.59 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. He'll attempt to get on track in his next start, currently scheduled for Sunday against St. Louis.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .254 357 80 12 87 17 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .231 977 221 69 204 42 0 30
2019vs Left .364 22 5 0 8 2 0 2
2019vs Right .298 61 10 3 17 4 0 4
2018vs Left .264 168 37 3 43 8 0 0
2018vs Right .240 469 98 37 100 17 0 14
2017vs Left .229 167 38 9 36 7 0 3
2017vs Right .213 447 113 29 87 21 0 12
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-53%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.66 1.23 162.1 12 5 0 8.3 2.2 1.0
Since 2017Away 3.02 1.07 161.0 14 6 0 8.5 2.3 1.0
2019Home 8.22 2.22 7.2 0 0 0 7.0 2.3 2.3
2019Away 3.86 0.94 11.2 1 1 0 6.9 0.8 3.1
2018Home 3.66 1.23 78.2 3 3 0 7.6 2.1 1.0
2018Away 3.70 1.18 73.0 6 4 0 8.5 2.7 0.6
2017Home 3.20 1.13 76.0 9 2 0 9.1 2.3 0.8
2017Away 2.24 0.98 76.1 7 1 0 8.7 2.2 0.9
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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 this season's data (min 70 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
5.00
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
1.4
 
HR/9
2.8
 
Fastball
90.2 mph
 
ERA
5.59
 
WHIP
1.45
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
1.18
 
Left On Base
81.6%
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.9%
 
Spin Rate
1968 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
34.9%
 
Swinging Strike
10.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Grabs first win in quality start
PCincinnati Reds
August 3, 2019
Wood (1-0) struck out five and picked up the win in Friday's 5-2 victory over Atlanta, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over 6.2 innings.
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Takes no-decision in season debut
PCincinnati Reds
July 28, 2019
Wood allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts across 4.2 innings during a no-decision against the Rockies on Sunday.
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Activated for season debut
PCincinnati Reds
July 28, 2019
Wood was activated off the 60-day injured list to start Sunday's game against the Rockies.
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Set for season debut Sunday
PCincinnati Reds
Back
July 25, 2019
Wood (back) will be activated from the 60-day injured list to start Sunday against the Rockies.
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Covers six innings in rehab outing
PCincinnati Reds
Back
July 23, 2019
Wood (back) tossed six innings and gave up a run on four hits and no walks while striking out four Monday in a rehab start for Double-A Chattanooga.
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