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  • Nationals' James Wood: Crushes first spring homer

    Wood went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. Lane Thomas started the game in right field, but Wood entered as a pinch runner in the fourth inning and destroyed the first pitch he saw from Misael Tamarez when he came to the plate in the fifth, putting the ball onto a walkway beyond the grass in right-center field. Wood scuffled a bit in his first look at Double-A last season and isn't expected to compete for an Opening Day roster spot this time around, but the 21-year-old is one of the Nationals' top prospects and could join Dylan Crews in the big-league outfield later this season if he begins to solve pitching in the high minors.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Meeting first challenge at Double-A

    Wood has a .223/.319/.446 slash line, six home runs, five steals, an 11.3 percent walk rate and a 30.5 percent strikeout rate in 33 games for Double-A Harrisburg. This run at Double-A has been the longest Wood has gone in his pro career without dominating, which shouldn't come as a surprise, given that he is still 20 and posted a 27.1 percent strikeout rate with High-A Wilmington earlier this season. All told this year, Wood has a .262/.360/.520 slash line, 14 home runs, 13 steals, a 28.6 percent strikeout rate, a 13.0 percent walk rate and a 30.8 percent hard-hit rate in 75 games across High-A and Double-A.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Rises to Double-A

    The Nationals promoted Wood from High-A Wilmington to Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. The 20-year-old was advanced to the next rung on the minor-league ladder on the heels of slugging a home run for the third time in four starts in Wilmington's 7-5 win over Hudson Valley on Saturday. For the season, Wood -- one of the key pieces the Nationals acquired in the blockbuster deal last summer that sent Juan Soto to San Diego -- has slashed .293/392/.580 with 22 extra-base hits, eight stolen bases and a 14.8 percent walk rate. Wood's production is made all the more impressive by the fact that he did much of his damage while playing in Wilmington's pitcher-friendly park.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Red hot at High-A

    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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  • Nationals' James Wood: Spectacular when healthy in 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. While he wasn't quite as spectacular for Fredericksburg after being traded as he had been with Lake Elsinore in the hitter-friendly California League earlier in the year, Wood still had a major breakout in 2022, flashing his high-end power and plus speed. However, wrist and knee injuries combined to limit the 19-year-old's time on the field -- he played just a little over half a season's worth of games. If Wood can put in a fully healthy and similarly productive 2023, he could very well put himself in consideration for the title of No. 1 prospect in baseball.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Back in business

    Wood (knee) went 1-for-4 with an RBI, two runs and two walks in a game with Single-A Fredericksburg on Sunday. A sore knee kept Wood off the field for just shy of two weeks, but he returned to action Friday and showed Sunday that he is past his knee issue. Since being acquired from the Padres as part of the Juan Soto trade, Wood has gone 24-for-82 (.293) with two homers, 17 RBI and four steals over 21 games with Fredericksburg.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Nursing knee issue

    Wood isn't in the lineup Tuesday for Single-A Fredericksburg due to knee soreness, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. The 19-year-old was removed from Sunday's contest due to the injury and will be sidelined for at least one game. Wood has appeared in 19 games since being acquired by the Nationals in the Juan Soto trade and has a .307/.369/.493 slash line with two home runs, 16 RBI and four stolen bases for Fredericksburg.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Snagged by Nats in Soto deal

    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. Wood has done more to improve his stock this year than any other player from the 2021 Draft class. An athletic 6-foot-7 outfielder with massive raw power and plus speed, Wood hit .337/.453/.601 with 10 home runs, 15 steals and a 42:37 K:BB in 236 plate appearances at Single-A. He is a couple years away from the majors, but Wood has superstar upside.
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  • Padres' James Wood: Scorching since return

    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. The 19-year-old owns an unimpeachable stat line over 35 Single-A games so far this season, featuring a .999 OPS and 26:28 BB:K. It's exceedingly rare for a guy who's built like an NFL linebacker (or, well, Aaron Judge) at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds to control the strike zone so well while also showing above-average base-stealing ability. While he'll obviously have to carry this level of performance over to higher levels of the minors, Wood is flashing star potential.
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  • Padres' James Wood: Goes back on IL

    Wood was placed on the minor-league 7-day injured list Friday due to a right wrist injury, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Wood was on the injured list with soreness in the same wrist in mid-April, and this appears to be a flareup of the issue. The 19-year-old has hit well when able to play this season, slashing .300/.462/.560 with three homers, 12 RBI, a 14:11 BB:K and four stolen bases over 65 plate appearances. It's not yet clear how long this iteration of the injury will keep him out of action.
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  • Padres' James Wood: Playing again at Single-A

    Wood (wrist) appeared in four consecutive games for Single-A Lake Elsinore from Friday through Sunday, going a collective 6-for-15 with a home run, two doubles, two walks, a stolen base, seven RBI and four runs. After missing nearly two weeks of action with a sore right wrist, Wood looked plenty healthy in his return to the lineup for Lake Elsinore's weekend series with Fresno. The 19-year-old outfielder put his impressive raw power and above-average speed on display during the series, showcasing the skill set that led the Padres to select him in the second round of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft. Wood is one of the more intriguing prospects in the lower levels of the Padres' system.
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  • Padres' James Wood: Should swing soon

    The Padres expect Wood (wrist) to resume swinging a bat soon, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Wood hasn't played for Low-A Lake Elsinore since April 9 due to a sore right wrist, but the organization is confident his injury isn't a significant one. According to Sanders, scans conducted on Wood's wrist have already ruled out a hamate bone injury, so he'll likely just need to wait for the soreness and swelling to subside before he's cleared for full baseball activities. The 19-year-old is viewed as one of the top lower-levels talents in the Padres' farm system.
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  • Padres' James Wood: Managing wrist injury

    Wood was out of the lineup for Low-A Lake Elsinore's game Tuesday due to a wrist injury and is expected to be held out a few days, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but Wood will step out of the lineup for a few days to get healthy. He's gone 4-for-8 with two home runs, five RBI, four runs and one stolen base this season.
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