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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ouch! Brandon Wood Cut From DWL Team

The Times is reporting that Brandon Wood was cut from his Dominican winter league team.
Brandon Wood, the Angels' top prospect and a candidate to start in their infield next season, has been dismissed from his winter club because of poor performance.

Wood hit .167 for Estrellas in the Dominican winter league, with one home run and 16 strikeouts in 48 at-bats. The club sent him home after 13 games.

You've got to perform pretty much right off the plane," Angels minor league director Abe Flores said.

General Manager Tony Reagins said the dismissal would not extinguish Wood's chances of winning a roster spot in spring training.

"We put weight on the winter-ball season, but we'll monitor how he is in spring training," Reagins said. "He'll get an opportunity to fight for a job, whether it be at shortstop or at third base."

The Angels have incumbents at those positions: Erick Aybar at shortstop and Chone Figgins at third base. Reagins has said that Figgins could be moved to left field or second base, depending on what other moves the Angels might make this winter.

Wood, 23, hit .296 with 31 home runs in 103 games at triple-A Salt Lake last season. He also had three stints with the Angels, hitting .200 with five home runs and 43 strikeouts in 150 at-bats.

This is the second consecutive winter-ball club for which Wood has failed to complete a season. He hit .152 in nine games for Guasave in the Mexican winter league last year, then went home for the funeral of his grandmother. He returned to Mexico, but the club released him rather than reinstate him.

Man, this is not looking good.

More on DWL action at The Fabulous Forum.

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