James Wood

20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals A+
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. 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.
Red hot at High-A
OFWashington Nationals  A+
April 17, 2023
Wood has hit safely in seven straight games for High-A Wilmington, batting .462 (12-for-26) over that stretch with a double, a triple, a home run, two steals and eight RBI.
The 20-year-old outfielder does have a 1:6 BB:K in that time, but he's doing plenty of damage when he makes contact and a 21.4 percent strikeout rate is no real cause for alarm. Wood is the top prospect in the Nationals' system after coming over in the Juan Soto trade last year, and if he can stay healthy this season he could slug his way into a promotion to Double-A over the summer.
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Spectacular when healthy in 2022
OFWashington Nationals  A+
October 17, 2022
Wood put together a .324/.429/.560 batting line with 12 homers, 19 steals and a 47:68 BB:K in 71 Single-A games this season.
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Back in business
OFWashington Nationals  A+
September 12, 2022
Wood (knee) went 1-for-4 with an RBI, two runs and two walks in a game with Single-A Fredericksburg on Sunday.
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Nursing knee issue
OFWashington Nationals  A+
August 30, 2022
Wood isn't in the lineup Tuesday for Single-A Fredericksburg due to knee soreness, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Snagged by Nats in Soto deal
OFWashington Nationals  A+
August 2, 2022
Wood was traded from the Padres to the Nationals on Tuesday along with Luke Voit, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell, MacKenzie Gore and Jarlin Susana in exchange for Juan Soto and Josh Bell, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Scorching since return
OFSan Diego Padres  A+
July 12, 2022
Wood has hit .333/.422/.563 with three homers, seven steals and a 12:17 BB:K across 21 games for Single-A Lake Elsinore since returning from a wrist injury.
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