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Scouting Video: Austin Wood, RHP, USC (2011 Draft)

May 18, 2011

Austin Wood is going to be a guy that just about any area guy would rightfully be thrilled if this guy got to him. Honestly, I’d feel the same way. They don’t care about the statistics and neither do I. The question is if the guy is a potential major league contributor and the answer is yes.

Now he’s close to physical maturity but he’s got to add some polish. I don’t know Austin Wood from Knock on Wood, but I do know this guy needs to train harder, espescially in his core, which is the real ignition for the domino effect when he opens up and drifts. This is why he’s too around the center of the plate to begin with and doesn’t always give himself the best shot to succeed. That is correctable. I felt his arm worked fine and he’s a big, rugged, durable innings-eating horse. Those are all good things. In this look, he was 92-95, comfortable 94, ball comes out of his hand easy, heavy downhill life when he’s working right. His change-up worked here at 78-80, sometimes a straight change and sometimes with a little bit of sink. He also threw a 77 curveball here. While the velo looks decent for that, the shape wasn’t extraordinary, and maybe he’s had better breaking balls than the day he got to me. He also threw a 77-78 sweeping slider, which again is another pitch that needs to be firmer for him to survive in the coming years.

All in all, that’s a pretty good college arm right there and I’d be OK with my name on him. He’ll tone up, get a little more compact and explosive, which will lead to more quality strikes with the weapons he has, and he’ll lprofile just fine. Hey, that’s life in the big city. If you want to be there, you have to get right-handers out, so you better have something. OFP Range 53-55.


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