Alex Wood
Alex Wood
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
10-Day IL
Injury Back
Est. Return 7/1/2019
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.
Could be out until All-Star break
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May 15, 2019
Wood (back) could begin throwing next week, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Manager David Bell said that if Wood progresses without any setbacks over the next five days, he could be cleared to begin a throwing program early next week. Seeing as Wood has been sidelined since spring training with a lower-back strain, he'll need to build back up to a starter's workload from scratch, which could take until the All-Star break.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .247 335 75 12 79 15 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .227 916 211 66 187 38 0 26
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.43 1.18 154.2 12 5 0 8.3 2.2 0.9
Since 2017Away 2.95 1.08 149.1 13 5 0 8.6 2.5 0.8
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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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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Two weeks away from throwing
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May 8, 2019
Wood (back) is scheduled to resume throwing in two weeks, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Headed for exam
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April 29, 2019
Manager David Bell said Wood will have his back examined Wednesday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Setback in rehab
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April 28, 2019
Wood (back) had a setback after throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday and his return will be delayed, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I think he had his most encouraging day when he was in San Diego [last Saturday]," manager David Bell said. "But when he threw in the next session in Arizona, the next day it didn't respond that well. It's a little bit of a step back. He may go next week for an exam, like a second opinion, on his back."
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Rehab assignment to begin in May
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April 22, 2019
Wood (back) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the second week of May, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Bullpen session progress
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April 21, 2019
Wood (back) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday at Petco Park and will continue his rehab at the Reds' extended spring training facility in Arizona, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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