Atlanta Braves pitcher, Alex Wood, pitched well Thursday night for the Gwinnett Braves. Wood started and went five strong innings, giving up one run, while walking two and striking out five, in his first Triple-A appearance.
Wood got the win as Gwinnett crushed Indianapolis, 10-3.
Cody Martin, who usually starts for Gwinnett, came on in the sixth inning and pitched the final four innings to save the game for Wood.
Alex Wood has pitched well out of the bullpen for the Atlanta Braves this season, compiling a 2.45 earned run average. In 22 innings he has given up only 16 hits, while striking out 26 and walking only 8. Opposing batters have only a .213 average against Wood.
After pitching 3 2/3 innings against the Reds last Saturday, Wood was optioned to Gwinnett. With all the outfield injuries they had incurred, the Braves needed to bring up Jose Constanza to help cover for the B.J. Upton, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward injuries.
So what is the Braves’ plan for Alex Wood the rest of 2013? Will he stay at Gwinnett and continue to develop as a starter? Or will he return to Atlanta and resume his bullpen role?
Frank Wren talked recently about the Braves potentially making a move before the trade deadline to add bullpen help. Could part of that plan be to acquire a lefty so Wood can stay at Gwinnett and continue to develop as a starter?
Wood was a lights out starter at Double-A Mississippi before being called up to Atlanta. In 10 starts he compiled a miniscule 1.26 ERA. His mid 90s fastball and good control could make him a very valuable major league starter.
Wood has proven that he is a major league pitcher, the Braves just have to decide where they want him to pitch and what role they want him to assume.