From the Enquirer:
O’Brien has seen Travis Wood, the second-round draft choice who has been dominating for the Gulf Coast League Reds, in person.
“He’s a kid who, for his age, really has a good idea of how to pitch,” O’Brien said. “He has an altogether different demeanor. He’s a nice kid off the field, but on the field he’s a real competitor.”
Wood has pitched 172/3 innings, allowing seven hits, no runs and five walks. He has struck out 31.
“He has an above-average fastball with life that he can throw to both sides of the plate right now,” O’Brien said. “He has a plus-plus changeup that he can throw for strikes today. He has a curveball that has yet to be developed.”
The Reds might bump Wood to Billings if he continues to cruise.
I hope he’s still there in a couple of weeks.
Jay Bruce, this year’s No. 1 draft pick, hit his first professional home run in the Gulf Coast Reds’ 15-5 loss to the GCL Pirates.
When kids are assigned to the GCL, are the hitters usually in front of the pitchers or vice versa? I’d think the pitchers would be in front, as most hitters are making the transition from aluminum to wood bats.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.