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Portrait of Travis Wood

Travis Wood PCubs

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 27)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
167.0 3.57 1.18 133 8 12 0 2.1
Birth Date2-6-1987
Height5' 11"
Weight175 lbs
Age27 years, 8 months, 18 days
BatsR
ThrowsL
1.72010
0.42011
0.92012
1.72013
4.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2010 CIN 23 17 17 102.7 102.7 0.0 5 4 0 0 10 0 419 85 45 40 9 130 26 25 4 86 3.51 3.45 3.78 17.0 1.7
2011 CIN 24 22 18 106.0 101.0 5.0 6 6 0 0 10 0 463 118 57 57 10 184 40 35 4 76 4.84 4.03 4.49 4.5 0.4
2012 CHN 25 26 26 156.0 156.0 0.0 6 13 0 0 14 0 649 133 80 74 25 253 54 51 8 119 4.27 4.89 5.32 6.7 0.9
2013 CHN 26 32 32 200.0 200.0 0.0 9 12 0 0 24 1 821 163 73 69 18 258 66 64 8 144 3.11 3.86 4.43 17.9 1.7
2014 CHN 27 31 31 173.7 173.7 0.0 8 13 0 0 13 0 781 190 110 97 20 294 76 75 7 146 5.03 4.35 4.54 19.1 2.1
Career128124738.3733.35.03448007113133689365337821119262250315714.114.164.5665.26.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2005 BIL Rk 6 4 24.7 4.34 111 .213 .281 .362 .416 .270 .231 94 6.9 0.7 6.9 0.7
2006 DYT A 27 27 140.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .255 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SAR A+ 12 12 46.3 5.62 88 .289 .249 .321 .364 .245 .341 104 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2008 SAR A+ 9 9 46.7 3.67 120 .224 .262 .337 .377 .257 .278 100 7.5 0.8 7.5 0.8
2008 CHT AA 17 17 80.0 6.02 77 .280 .258 .332 .380 .249 .323 105 0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1
2009 CAR AA 19 19 119.0 3.54 116 .198 .254 .329 .376 .262 .244 95 16.9 1.8 21.1 2.2
2009 LOU AAA 8 8 48.7 4.71 104 .227 .263 .328 .393 .248 .280 110 5.4 0.5 7.7 0.7
2010 CIN MLB 17 17 102.7 3.78 109 .231 .255 .318 .400 .263 .259 94 12.4 1.3 17.0 1.7
2010 LOU AAA 16 16 100.0 4.26 106 .221 .259 .327 .398 .251 .287 96 13.3 1.3 16.6 1.6
2011 CIN MLB 22 18 106.0 4.49 92 .292 .248 .308 .385 .254 .324 100 4.8 0.5 4.5 0.4
2011 LOU AAA 10 10 52.3 4.71 95 .284 .260 .324 .399 .250 .362 92 2.3 0.2 1.7 0.1
2012 CHN MLB 26 26 156.0 5.32 76 .259 .251 .309 .397 .256 .244 100 2.0 0.2 6.7 0.9
2012 IOW AAA 7 7 41.3 4.72 102 .278 .276 .337 .425 .266 .358 97 5.5 0.5 9.1 0.9
2013 CHN MLB 32 32 200.0 4.43 94 .230 .255 .316 .396 .260 .248 103 10.6 1.2 17.9 1.7
2014 CHN MLB 31 31 173.7 4.54 86 .295 .248 .304 .375 .254 .320 99 6.2 0.7 19.1 2.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2005 BIL Rk 2 0 0 6 4 24.7 15 13 22 0 37% .231 5.5 4.7 0.0 8.0 1.13 1.82 6.9 0.7
2006 DYT A 10 5 0 27 27 140.0 108 56 133 14 0% .255 6.9 3.6 0.9 8.6 1.17 3.66 0.0 0.0
2007 SAR A+ 3 2 0 12 12 46.3 49 27 54 6 37% .341 9.5 5.2 1.2 10.5 1.64 4.86 1.8 0.2
2008 SAR A+ 3 4 0 9 9 46.7 39 21 41 2 48% .278 7.5 4.0 0.4 7.9 1.28 2.70 7.5 0.8
2008 CHT AA 4 9 0 17 17 80.0 91 48 58 9 37% .323 10.2 5.4 1.0 6.5 1.74 7.09 -0.1 -0.1
2009 LOU AAA 4 2 0 8 8 48.7 43 16 32 4 46% .280 7.9 3.0 0.7 5.9 1.21 3.14 7.7 0.7
2009 CAR AA 9 3 0 19 19 119.0 78 37 103 2 43% .244 5.9 2.8 0.2 7.8 0.97 1.21 21.1 2.2
2010 LOU AAA 5 6 0 16 16 100.0 86 24 99 9 45% .287 7.7 2.2 0.8 8.9 1.10 3.06 16.6 1.6
2010 CIN MLB 5 4 0 17 17 102.7 85 26 86 9 32% .259 7.5 2.3 0.8 7.5 1.08 3.51 17.0 1.7
2011 LOU AAA 2 3 0 10 10 52.3 64 17 47 6 43% .362 11.0 2.9 1.0 8.1 1.55 5.33 1.7 0.1
2011 CIN MLB 6 6 0 22 18 106.0 118 40 76 10 36% .324 10.0 3.4 0.8 6.5 1.49 4.84 4.5 0.4
2012 CHN MLB 6 13 0 26 26 156.0 133 54 119 25 37% .244 7.7 3.1 1.4 6.9 1.20 4.27 6.7 0.9
2012 IOW AAA 3 3 0 7 7 41.3 48 11 39 5 39% .358 10.5 2.4 1.1 8.5 1.43 4.57 9.1 0.9
2013 CHN MLB 9 12 0 32 32 200.0 163 66 144 18 35% .248 7.3 3.0 0.8 6.5 1.15 3.10 17.9 1.7
2014 CHN MLB 8 13 0 31 31 173.7 190 76 146 20 37% .320 9.8 3.9 1.0 7.6 1.53 5.03 19.1 2.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 1605 0.5283 0.4732 0.8379 0.6415 0.2840 0.8842 0.7209 0.1621
2011 1762 0.5153 0.4554 0.8466 0.6443 0.2541 0.8957 0.7143 0.1521
2012 2486 0.5326 0.4622 0.8486 0.6337 0.2668 0.8951 0.7226 0.1506
2013 3082 0.5324 0.4848 0.8367 0.6691 0.2748 0.8661 0.7551 0.1606
2014 3041 0.5252 0.4551 0.8555 0.6468 0.2431 0.8925 0.7464 0.1431
Career119760.52750.46670.84560.64870.26330.88560.73560.153

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2007-07-09 2007-09-05 Minors 58 0 Left Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2007-04-21 2007-05-03 Minors 12 0 Left Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff - -
2006-07-30 2006-08-07 Minors 8 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CHN $
2014 CHN $3,900,000
2013 CHN $527,500
2012 CIN $
2011 CIN $422,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$950,000
2011Current$3,900,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$4,850,000
3 yrTotal$4,850,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 4 dFrontline1 year/$3.9M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$3.9M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/24/14 (avoided arbitration, $4.25M-$3.5M).
  • 1 year/$0.5275M (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4225M (2011). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/11. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Cincinnati 12/23/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased 11/20/09. Re-signed 3/10.
  • Drafted 2005 (2-60) (Bryant HS, Ark.). Signed 6/05, $0.6M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 11.4 9.5 0 31 31 203.6 157 51 160 19 .260 1.02 2.72 2.96 44.9 4.6
80o 11.1 10 0 31 31 197.5 160 52 155 20 .270 1.08 3.02 3.28 37.1 3.8
70o 10.9 10.4 0 31 31 193.1 162 53 152 20 .277 1.11 3.24 3.52 31.3 3.2
60o 10.7 10.7 0 31 31 189.4 164 54 149 20 .283 1.15 3.42 3.72 26.6 2.7
50o 10.5 11 0 31 31 186.0 165 54 146 20 .289 1.18 3.60 3.91 22.2 2.3
40o 10.3 11.3 0 31 31 182.6 167 55 144 20 .294 1.21 3.78 4.1 17.9 1.8
30o 10.1 11.7 0 31 31 179.0 168 55 141 21 .301 1.25 3.97 4.31 13.3 1.4
20o 9.9 12 0 31 31 174.9 170 56 138 21 .308 1.29 4.19 4.55 8.1 0.8
10o 9.5 12.6 0 31 31 169.2 172 56 133 21 .318 1.35 4.51 4.9 0.8 0.1
Weighted Mean10.51103131186.11645414620.2881.173.593.922.52.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
16% 51% 19% 9% 83%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152810802626155137381251838.2901.133.473.778.02.27.31.02.2
2016298702121126114331011538.2911.163.694.018.12.47.21.11.4
2017308602020120106301001338.2951.143.493.798.02.37.51.01.7
20183176019191109828891238.2931.153.533.848.02.37.31.01.4
20193266017171019225801238.2961.163.643.968.22.27.21.11.2
2020336501515908322711138.2951.163.643.968.32.27.11.11.1
2021345401414817520641038.2961.183.684.008.42.27.11.10.9
202235440121269641755838.2971.173.704.038.32.27.11.00.8
202336430101060561547738.2981.193.754.078.42.37.11.10.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
21.57.59.65.55.5449.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 95 Wade Davis 2013 5.92
2 91 Tom Gorzelanny 2010 4.62
3 89 Homer Bailey 2013 3.66
4 88 Scott Baker 2009 4.46
5 88 Brad Bergesen 2013 0.00 DNP
6 88 Joe Blanton 2008 5.01
7 88 Noah Lowry 2008 0.00 DNP
8 86 Jesse Litsch 2012 0.00 DNP
9 86 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2010 7.74
10 86 Ricky Romero 2012 6.07
11 86 Taylor Buchholz 2009 0.00 DNP
12 86 Dustin McGowan 2009 0.00 DNP
13 86 Jordan Zimmermann 2013 3.42
14 85 Clayton Richard 2011 4.70
15 85 Kameron Loe 2009 0.00 DNP
16 85 Sergio Mitre 2008 0.00 DNP
17 85 Jeremy Sowers 2010 0.00 DNP
18 85 Micah Owings 2010 5.40
19 85 Jake Arrieta 2013 4.90
20 85 Brandon McCarthy 2011 3.85
21 85 Jeff Niemann 2010 4.44
22 85 Matt Garza 2011 4.09
23 85 J.P. Howell 2010 0.00 DNP
24 85 Dallas Braden 2011 3.50
25 85 Edinson Volquez 2011 5.96
26 84 Zach Miner 2009 4.78
27 84 Gavin Floyd 2010 4.42
28 84 Manny Parra 2010 5.53
29 84 Dillon Gee 2013 3.80
30 84 Kris Medlen 2013 3.52
31 83 Dave Bush 2007 5.31
32 83 Ian Kennedy 2012 4.36
33 83 Gustavo Chacin 2008 0.00 DNP
34 83 Sean Marshall 2010 3.01
35 82 Jeff Francis 2008 5.26
36 82 Brian Bannister 2008 6.26
37 82 Dana Eveland 2011 3.03
38 81 Armando Galarraga 2009 5.76
39 81 Nick Blackburn 2009 4.51
40 81 Mike Pelfrey 2011 5.11
41 81 Gio Gonzalez 2013 3.63
42 80 Brad Halsey 2008 0.00 DNP
43 80 Josh Collmenter 2013 3.33
44 80 Dontrelle Willis 2009 7.49
45 80 Jason Davis 2007 6.57
46 80 Jair Jurrjens 2013 4.91
47 80 Randy Wells 2010 4.49
48 80 Aaron Laffey 2012 5.01
49 80 Clay Buchholz 2012 4.94
50 79 Josh Outman 2012 8.19
51 79 Matt Harrison 2013 9.28
52 79 Tim Hudson 2003 3.15
53 79 Kyle Kendrick 2012 4.29
54 79 Wil Ledezma 2008 4.47
55 79 Glen Perkins 2010 7.06
56 79 Anthony Swarzak 2013 3.19
57 79 Jeff Karstens 2010 5.28
58 79 Marc Rzepczynski 2013 3.82
59 79 Francisco Liriano 2011 5.43
60 79 Mitch Talbot 2011 6.64
61 78 Matt Albers 2010 5.00
62 78 Roy Halladay 2004 4.47
63 78 C.J. Wilson 2008 6.80
64 78 Daniel Cabrera 2008 5.45
65 78 Kevin Correia 2008 6.55
66 78 Johnny Antonelli 1957 4.16
67 78 Juan Gutierrez 2011 8.35
68 78 Kason Gabbard 2009 0.00 DNP
69 78 John Danks 2012 5.87
70 78 Andy Pettitte 1999 4.93
71 78 Vida Blue 1977 4.41
72 78 Cisco Carlos 1968 4.63
73 78 Don Newcombe 1953 0.00 DNP
74 78 Andrew Miller 2012 3.57
75 78 Matt Morris 2002 3.68
76 78 Alfredo Aceves 2010 3.75
77 78 Jose Rijo 1992 2.86
78 78 Ryan Madson 2008 3.16
79 78 Mike Boddicker 1985 4.51
80 78 Brad Thompson 2009 5.06
81 78 Justin Germano 2010 3.82
82 78 Paul Maholm 2009 4.72
83 78 J.A. Happ 2010 3.81
84 78 Jim Johnson 2010 3.76
85 77 Chad Billingsley 2012 3.97
86 77 Adam Wainwright 2009 2.90
87 77 Roy Oswalt 2005 3.17
88 77 Jon Garland 2007 4.92
89 77 Edwin Jackson 2011 4.15
90 77 Luke Hochevar 2011 5.00
91 77 Frank Sullivan 1957 2.91
92 77 John Maine 2008 4.50
93 77 Jon Matlack 1977 4.58
94 77 Jimmy Key 1988 3.70
95 77 Troy Patton 2013 4.18
96 77 Steve Rogers 1977 3.64
97 77 Kevin Appier 1995 4.02
98 77 Mark Mulder 2005 3.95
99 77 Anibal Sanchez 2011 3.90
100 77 James Shields 2009 4.63

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .210 .291 .322 .222
11 vs R (Multi) .236 .302 .399 .246
18 Split (Multi) -.026 -.011 -.076 -.024
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .207 .294 .305 .217
31 vs R (2013) .226 .291 .365 .233
38 Split (2013) -.019 .004 -.061 -.016
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Wood had a breakout season in 2010 that looks more distant each passing year. While the Cubs would like to see him start showing the sort of promise he had back in his big year with the Reds, it might serve everyone better to start viewing him in terms of what he is rather than what he might have been. He's a young, cheap starting option and he's left-handed. Guys like Wood might grow on trees but they're not the sort of trees the Cubs have had much luck harvesting in recent years. He won't win a championship on his own, but plenty of teams have missed their chance at the playoffs for lack of a guy like Wood at the back of their rotation.
2012 In 2010, Wood posted WHIPs of 1.1 at both the Triple-A and major-league levels, and while his gas wasn't wowing people, his control of his sinker was excellent, and batters weren't thinking about how short he is or how short his fastball might be. Though he may not pop radar guns like Billy Wagner, he touches 94 MPH on occasion, and no less of an authority than Logan Morrison was quoted before the 2010 season as saying that Wood had the nastiest stuff he'd seen in the minors. But, alas, a little control and a little luck goes a long way, and Wood walked more people in 2011 and also saw his BABIP balloon. These reversals led to him losing first his rotation spot (to Homer Bailey), then his roster spot (optioned back and forth from Triple-A starting in June), then his spot on the Reds (traded to the Cubs after the season). The buy-low Cubs are hoping for growth such as fellow short southpaw Wandy Rodriguez showed, but would be content with their side of the trade if Wood merely continues posting his 3.74 career FIP for the next four seasons. After all, that was good enough for 44th out of 93 qualifying pitchers in 2011, and an above-average starter has value
2011 Wood belongs a cut above the Sam LeCures and Matt Maloneys of the world, so it didnít come as a shock that he managed to stick around well into October after being summoned to reinforce an injury-ravaged rotation in early July. A near-perfect performance in his third outing may have generated unfair expectations, but he hardly disappointed the rest of the way. Although the mid-90s heat that he flashed in high school didn't accompany him to the professional ranks, the southpaw has plenty of weapons at his disposal, complementing a 90-mph sinker with a plus changeup and a quality cutter that he picked up in 2009. His sub-four ERA shows signs of having benefited from a well-received sacrifice at the altar of the BABIP gods, but history suggests that heíll keep the ball on the ground more often in the future, which should help him counter any correction on balls in play.
2010 This little lefty sinkerballer was as good in his repeat of Double-A last year as he was bad in his first stint there in 2008, the result of better conditioning allowing him to recapture some of the velocity he had lost the year before. That velocity is crucial to the effectiveness of his changeup, which is a legitimate out pitch and the best change in the Redsí organization. His strikeout rate took a tumble after his promotion to Louisville, but heís just 23, handles righties well, and his ability to keep the ball down and in the park is ideal for the Reds and their stadium. If his repeat of Triple-A goes half as well, Wood could be in the major-league rotation in short order.
2009 Travis Wood's sinking fastball and change get raves, but the 2005 second-round pick completely stalled out in Double-A.
2008 A second-round pick in 2005, Wood was shut down with shoulder tendonitis last year after pitching just 46 innings. He's a lefty, he just turned 21, and even with the tendonitis, he maintained a respectable strikeout rate at High-A Sarasota. Nonetheless, some Reds officials have already begun comparing Wood to former first-round bust Chris Gruler.
2007 Wood is already showing a refined trio of pitches, topping 90 now and again, and using the heat to set up an outstanding changeup. His curve doesn`t, and it gets flatter as he starts working up a sweat. The hope is that he`ll show improved velocity and control as he adapts to heavier professional workloads. Considering he`ll need his fake ID for another year, he`s young enough to have plenty of time to fill out and develop.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Out of the copious amounts of #4 and #5 pitchers the Cubs have, who do you expect to start next year? (Felix Doubront, Kyle Hendricks, Wada if he resigns, Jacob Turner, Edwin Jackson, Dallas Beeler, Dan Strailey, Travis Wood)
(Pelecos from Granville)
It's a very interesting conundrum for the Cubs, and the buzz indicates that they will look to sign a front-line SP over the winter. I'm an Edwin apologist, but I think that he has run out of excuses. I think that T.Wood and K. Hendricks will both be a part of the rotation, and Doubront will either pitch his way to the bullpen or earn a spot in the rotation. I would give Beeler more time on the farm, and Turner could be a reliever in the end. Straily is the wild card.

On the jukebox: Thrice, "The Melting Point of Wax" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)I think people got a little high on Travis Wood last yr but I think he's better than he's pitched this yr. What says you?
(Matt from White)
I says that he was over his head last year, both literally and figuratively. I don't think that his 2013 stat-line is a reliable indicator of his skill set, and his over-the-top delivery (with heavy spine-tilt) can not only be a major barrier to repetition, but will also limit the overall release distance on his pitches. So I'm pessimistic.

On the jukebox: Ozzy Osbourne, "Mr. Crowley" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Lost Josh Johnson, Latos and Cain on the shelf, Shelby scuffling. SP is hurting. Any outside the top 100 you'd grab? (Relying on Morton, Ross to give you an indication of where the wire is)
(brentdaily from boulder)
I'm not sure if all of these guys are available, but I'm going off of CBS's lists. I'm a sucker for Travis Wood. I know the K rate isn't great, but he manages to keep guys off balance. I think Bartolo Colon isn't quite finished and could contribute. Matt Harrison is kind of the AL version of Wood: he isn't dominant, but he'll put up decent rate stats. None of these guys is a savior, but you probably already knew that. And if Ross is available in your league, he has a higher ceiling than any of these guys. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Travis Wood struck out more hitters than innings in 2 starts in 2013 yet in 2014 he's got 37/7 K/W in 37 2/3 IP. Kyle Lohse also has big increase in K rate so far. Are they doing something different, or is it just a small sample fluke?
(brucegilsen from Washington, DC)
Gimme SSS for now, combined with the fact that K rates are escalating throughout baseball. but call back in a month and we'll see if there is something more there. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team dynasty league. Currently sitting with Fister and Iwakuma on the DL, anticipating their return in the coming weeks. I've been filling in starts, rather successfully, with Jesse Chavez and Travis Wood. Do you feel like either of them are going to be worth holding a roster spot for the rest of the season?
(NervousHabits from PGH)
I could definitely see both staying effective enough to maintain consideration. I really like what I've seen from Chavez thus far. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Profar a buy low in dynasty right now? What kind of an offer would you put together?
(Jake from Kalamazoo)
Iíd like to think so. Iím aggressively putting together offers for Profar but itís all team specific. I own Profar in a league where I could use some starting pitching and the offers Iíve been getting (Travis Wood types) are underwhelming to say the least. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Jose Quintana or Travis Wood in a 15 tm redraft with QS in place of W's
(artful dodger from Nice SN)
Give me Quintana at this point. It was the Twins, but 8 k's is a nice step forward for him. Consider this a vote for Don Cooper as much as Jose Quintana. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain Pecota comps? A guy like Sonny Gray is compared to Travis Wood and Matt Harvey (#1 comp). Wood... multiple pitches.... Sonny Gray... not so much. Is it just statistics? I'm a newbie. Thanks!
(Jesse from NY)
we don't have pitch types in our comps...yet. I think this is a big thing we can do. But it is stats, body type etc. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-12-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Travis Wood's BABIP the last 4 years... .259, .324, .244, .248. Those aren't terribly small sample sizes either. Do you think he is one of the rare pitchers whose repertoire leads to regularly low BABIPs?
(Peter7899 from Springfield, MO)
I think he's had the smarts to throw fly balls when the wind is blowing in and the fortune to have well positioned defenders around him. He is a good pitcher, but I don't think he has the babip magic. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Travis Wood's 2013 success sustainable? Who are the 2014 breakout candidates?
(Guancous from Silver Spring)
I think that Wood is in for a steep fall in 2014.

Lots of questions about 2014 breakout candidates, and to be perfectly honest, I would have to do some significant research to come up with a list that I liked. But that sounds like an awesome article idea for a future Raising Aces, so I might have some much better answers in the near future.

In the meantime, check out Paul Sporer's list of fantasy sleeper pitchers for 2014, posted today at BP: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22450 (Doug Thorburn)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Sneaky pitches who could finish top 20 next year?
(Shawnykid23 from Ct)
Ivan Nova struck out 116 batters in 139 1/3 innings. He should pitch a full season next year and should be a solid option. In shallower leagues, Marco Estrada is another guy people might sleep on who could take a big step forward next year. 118 strikeouts in 128 innings. See the pattern here? I like targeting guys with high K rates who didn't pitch a full season as sleepers. Look for pitchers like this if you're looking to score big. You might miss out on 2014's version of Travis Wood, but those guys are so hard to spot without a crystal ball. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, do you think Travis Wood will put up similar seasons to 2013 for the next 3 or 4 or 5 seasons? Thanks
(MKPJ from Chicago)
3-5 seasons of sub-3.00 ERA? Probably not. His skills weren't really different from years past. He's a high-3.00s, low-4.00s kind of guy depending a lot on homers since he's a flyball guy. (Paul Sporer)
2013-09-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Cubs sell high on Travis Wood?
(MKPJ from Chicago)
of course, Wood for Wheeler. Done deal. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is what Travis Wood has done this year sustainable? Or has he been a product of good luck?
(jharrison3 from Illinois)
Yes and no. He's had some good luck but he is a better pitcher than he was two years ago. I think he'll pitch the same but I don't think the fly balls will be so friendly going forward. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are we at the point where we should consider Travis Wood at least an above average starting or should we expect regression to hit so hard that he will return to the land of fringe starter?
(Jay from Madison)
A couple of Travis Wood questions, and I'm going to declare myself a fan. I know the strikeouts aren't elite, but I think he can get enough bad contact to be above average once regression ultimately hits. You can't sustain a .221 BABIP forever even though his career mark of .266 is pretty nice.

Also, badass hitter despite being one of those Throws Left, Bats Right weirdos. That's not something to neglect completely. (Zachary Levine)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some good SPs who you think should be doing better/worse to target/dump in a trade?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I think that the big trio of Hamels, Cain, and Price are good targets - Hamels has righted his delivery, Cain is just a minor tweak away from fixing his issues, and Price has looked better in his return. But those are easy answers. Parker has really turned it around from his early-season struggles, as well.

I would beware of Corbin and Iwakuma - I really like both pitchers, but they are playing a bit over their heads, and some correction is likely due. Travis Wood is not this good, and is due for a big correction. I am a big fan of Shelby Miller, but his 2-pitch repertoire could get exposed as teams get multiple looks - he is dead in the water on days when he forgets to pack his fastball command.

Oh, and never trust Francisco Liriano. His slider is taxing and he throws it 36% of the time. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ok, we all know Travis Wood isn't this good...but what would you expect that he will be like in 2014 & 2015? Can he be a 3rd starter?
(Jason from Home)
He *can*, but I'm betting more of 4 with a 3.5ish ceiling. I've been impressed, but I'm not sure it's going to last. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking to buy on Kemp. Fair openining offer is ______ ?
(James from Riverside)
Travis Wood. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there specific pitchers/parks that have a tough signal-to-noise ratio, or is this mostly extremely isolated and a non-issue? Also, is Travis Wood mostly smoke-and-mirrors or is there actually some sort of skill in what we've seen him do early this season?
(dseals from Marshalltown, Iowa)
Coors is though, Target can be, too. Tampa and Houston are shifted, Toronto tends to 'sink'. KC is hot. Wood is real, he's learned how to use his cutter and sinker on both sides of the plate. Something he got done when he was sent down to Iowa last year. I've always like him, was very happy when the Cubs got him. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)20 team league, 4 x 4, no K's. Should I cut Lackey for one of Tepesch, Bedard, Wood or Guthrie, or go with the dead spot for a week or two? Or cut Gentry or Pollock for one of the SP's and go with a dead hitting spot?
(stewbies from Rochester, NY)
Hey stewbies

I'd drop John Lackey and go with either Jeremy Guthrie or Travis Wood. I don't know what the rest of your team looks like and without knowing that I can't say whether or not it's a good idea or not to go with a dead hitting spot. (Mike Gianella)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard that the Cubs are close to signing Edwin Jackson to a 4 year contract. It seems as though pitchers have been cashing in big time this offseason, and being a depressed Cubs fan, I'm just looking for any sort of good news coming out of their camp (that doesn't include injured pitchers or unproven lower level prospects). Yay or nay to Edwin Jackson for 4 years?
(Steve from Bayshore)
Steve seems to be the name of choice today ó†I believe that's three in fewer than 10 questions!

I'm not a huge fan of a four-year deal for Jackson, because I think he's a low-end 3 or high-end 4 at his best, but he's been durable and relatively consistent over the past few years, so I don't think a $12-13 million annual commitment is particularly likely to prove disastrous, either. The one thing that does confuse me a bit is how all of the pieces are going to fall into place in Chicago, where ó†with Baker, Feldman, Villanueva, and now potentially Jackson joining Garza, Samardzija, and Travis Wood ó there are more pitchers than rotation spots. Their injury histories make depth important, but it'll be interesting to see if Epstein and Hoyer look to move at least one of the incumbents this winter/spring. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to take a flyer on a SP for next year would you rather it be Travis Wood or Carlos Zambrano?
(cubfan131 from Iowa)
Depends on the context. If I really, really needed the innings, I guess I'd go for the non-insane pitcher.

You have to look at a guy like Carlos Zambrano as a lottery ticket. The historical record says he has everything you want from a above-average starter--he even rakes--but heads could explode in that Miami clubhouse this year with some of the people you've got in there.

What do you think of Ozzie Guillen? If he's Captain Shellenburger, you go with Zambrano and cross your fingers. If he's Captain Schettino, don't waste your time.

Also, please write your congressperson about SOPA/PIPA so I can use Wikipedia links for non-baseball stuff. -- Dave (Best of BP with Ben and Dave)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Travis Wood, this year and long term? Is his stuff for real and does the recent report that this off-season he worked out with Cliff Lee boost his status at all? Thank you.
(josh from VA)
I think he can be a very credible middle of the rotation guy, but probably not more than that. I'm very skeptical that "working with" other players materially improves performance. If it did, I think the great players could make a lot of money selling their training servicesóbut they don't. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's Travis Wood's ceiling, and what are the chances he reaches it?
(John from New York)
He's at his ceiling, as a solid back-end starter. Nothing wrong with that. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, Homer Bailey, Travis Wood, Mike Leake, Matt Maloney, Sam LeCure, Aroldis Chapman. That's 9 guys for 5 rotation spots in Cincinnati. How can Jocketty best capitalize on that depth?
(RMR from Chicago)
A few of the brighter bulbs 'round these parts (where there isn't much call for cheddar, by the way)have made a few suggestions. IIRC, SG recommended they trade Volquez, while CK opted for shipping out Maloney, I think. Me, I'd find out what sort of a market there is for Mike Leake -- maybe he's already at his peak trade value. It's really, really hard to predict trades that actually get made, because you almost always look like you're way over- or under-valuing someone in retrospect. That being said, sitting on all that pitching is like sitting on a pot of gold, and Jocketty is sure to be a very popular man next week. (Ken Funck)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was really impressed with Travis Wood this year, including his playoff debut yesterday. What kind of numbers would you expect from him next year?
(Corey from Cincy)
I think he could be a really good pitcher eventually, maybe a No. 2 type. (John Perrotto)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)Let's pretend the Reds make the playoffs. How do you line up the rotation? Cueto & Arroyo seem like the only locks at this point.
(Rick from Chicago)
Hmm, that's a tough one. Cueto is your Game 1 starter, followed by Arroyo. After that, I would probably roll the dice with Volquez and try to use those three as a three-man rotation. Assuming Leake has an innings limit, he will likely be close to maxed out come playoff-time, and I'm not trusting Homer Bailey or Travis Wood with a playoff game. (Eric Seidman)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Travis Wood is making his ML debut right now - 2 scoreless innings thus far. What's his ceiling? #4 or higher?
(Robert from Lyndhurst, NJ)
I think four is about right, and I like him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Does Matt Moloney or Travis Wood have much of a future in the bigs as starters?
(bankeravp5 from cincy)
As solid back-end rotation types, sure. I'd favor Wood. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, why is Travis Wood's season being ignored? Is it just a fluke?
(Paul from Cincinnati)
I've written about it a bunch of times in the Minor League Update, so it's not getting ignore here. He's pretty solid. Not like a top of the line elite type, but certainly back, and pretty high on the Reds list. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneLook at Travis Wood go! Mixing in low-90s fastballs with a mid-80s cutter to strike out Ryan Howard. (Jesse Behr)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneLook at Travis Wood go! Mixing in low-90s fastballs with a mid-80s cutter to strike out Ryan Howard. (Jesse Behr)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Travis Wood has thrown 12,189 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph), Cutter (86mph) and Sinker (89mph), also mixing in a Change (80mph) and Slider (80mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (73mph).