Height/Weight: 6’4”/205 lbs
After missing the entire 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery, Alex Wood has been consistently throwing 94-96 mph this season. However, his naturally unorthodox mechanics and arm action on the back side are all over the place, though they admittedly add some deception to his pitches.
The left-hander’s best off-speed pitch is his changeup, which has decent fade and is deceptive given his delivery. Beyond that, Wood has a subpar slider that can have cement-mixer spin, and he struggles to throw an effective curveball due to his arm action.
If you can look past the mechanics, Wood is a projectable southpaw with plus fastball velocity, though he’ll have to spend many long hours working with his future pitching coach—if they dare. Despite his college experience, Wood may not reach the major leagues until late 2015.