Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Blake Wood was promoted by Kansas City on Wednesday, giving Gwinnett County a record-tying six active major leaguers.
The former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech pitcher joins Brian McCann of the Braves, Jeff Francoeur of the Mets, Jeff Keppinger of the Astros, Jason Bulger of the Angels and Nick Green of the Dodgers.
Wood, 24, was 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA and five saves for Omaha of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in his first season as a relief pitcher. He had 12 strikeouts and seven walks in 162/3 innings.
The right-hander made the conversion from a starter in the Arizona Fall League and had an impressive spring training with the Royals, almost making the opening day roster.
Wood had been plagued by injuries since being a third-round draft choice of Kansas City in 2006 and battled arm problems last year while going 2-8 with a 5.83 ERA as a starter in Class AA.
But Wood is healthy now and has found a home in the bullpen.
"I liked it from the get-go," Wood said this spring of the switch. "I wasn't going after hitters enough (as a starter). When I went to the bullpen, I started believing in myself more."