James Wood

James Wood

21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
This may be the offseason to explore selling high on Wood. He has big tools (70-grade raw power, 55-grade speed, 55-grade arm), but his 33.7 K% and 61.6 Contact% at Double-A illustrate the risk involved with his hit tool. A 6-foot-6, 240-pound right fielder who can handle center field in the short term, Wood was one of the big prizes Washington received from San Diego in the Juan Soto trade. He hasn't flopped like Robert Hassell, but he also hasn't improved his stock like CJ Abrams and arguably MacKenzie Gore. So many young, toolsy hitting prospects had huge 2023 seasons in the upper levels without major contact issues, that it's hard to give Wood the benefit of the doubt just due to his age (won't turn 22 until September). Fortunately for the lefty slugger, the Nationals have a top-heavy big-league roster and a top-heavy farm system, so he'll get plenty of chances over the coming years, even if he struggles initially at the highest level. The most likely outcome is that he settles in as an everyday player who hits below .250 while hitting around 30 homers with double-digit steals during his peak seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $2.6 million contract with the Padres in July of 2021. Traded to the Nationals in August of 2022.
Organization preaching patience
OFWashington Nationals  AAA
May 9, 2024
Wood won't be rushed to the majors ahead of the Nationals' schedule for him, Bobby Blanco of MASN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
After slugging two more homers Wednesday, the 21-year-old outfielder has hit safely in 14 of the last 15 games for Triple-A Rochester, slashing .356/.449/.542 over that stretch with a 10:13 BB:K. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday the organization is sticking to its plan for Wood, however, and that he still has some things to learn in the minors. "He needs to get a bunch of at-bats," Martinez said. "He needs to learn some different things. We want him to get better against left-handed pitching. Want him to understand the baserunning stuff. All that stuff. He's striking out 33 percent of the time against lefties, so I really want him to work on that." While the Nats are trying to temper expectations for Wood, it's hard to imagine a veteran player like Eddie Rosario or Jesse Winker would represent a true obstacle for the top prospect once he's deemed ready.
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Debut possible in 2024
OFWashington Nationals  AAA
October 20, 2023
Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com believes there's a strong chance Wood makes his MLB debut in 2024.
ANALYSIS
Wood received an early promotion to the Double-A level in 2023 and initially struggled at Harrisburg, but he came alive over the final few months of the season with an .878 OPS in his last 50 games. The 21-year-old isn't likely to begin 2024 with the big-league club, but a strong showing early in the campaign could have him up in the majors before long.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Wood could go down as the best player the Nationals received from the Padres in the Juan Soto trade. His massive frame (6-foot-7, 240 pounds) and propensity to strike out as an amateur led to long-term hit tool concerns entering the year. However, Wood's 20.7 K% and 14.3 BB% as a 19-year-old at Single-A have tabled any plate skill concerns for the time being. He uses the whole field and does a good job squaring the ball up (31.0 Hard%), and there's little debate he will be a big-time slugger at peak. In addition to monitoring Wood's hit tool as he faces better pitching, the way his plus speed ages will be something to track, as it's quite easy to envision him filling out to the point that he is more of a 10-to-15 steal threat early on in the majors. Wood plays center field now, but that's another aspect of his game he might outgrow. He is on track to reach the majors in 2024 or 2025, depending on how well he handles upper-level pitching.
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Not slowing down at Triple-A
OFWashington Nationals  AAA
May 2, 2024
Wood has hit safely in eight straight games for Triple-A Rochester, batting .324 (12-for-37) over that stretch with three doubles, three steals and a 5:8 BB:K.
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Goes yard twice at Triple-A
OFWashington Nationals  AAA
April 12, 2024
Wood went 4-for-5 with a double, two solo home runs, two additional runs scored and a stolen base for Triple-A Rochester in Thursday's win over Buffalo.
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Starting season at Triple-A
OFWashington Nationals  AAA
March 26, 2024
Wood will begin the season with Triple-A Rochester, Bobby Blanco of MASN Sports reports.
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Reassigned to minor-league camp
OFWashington Nationals  AAA
March 22, 2024
The Nationals reassigned Wood to minor-league camp Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Pops game-tying homer
OFWashington Nationals  AAA
March 22, 2024
Wood hit an opposite-field, game-tying home run in Thursday's Grapefruit League win over the Twins.
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