Spring Scouting Report: Austin Wood

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and clubs don't stop scouting players once they enter the pros. As part of our extensive Spring Training coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on prospects around minor league camp. Here's a look at Angels' pitching prospect, Austin Wood.

Name: Austin Wood
Position: Pitcher
Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Spring Training

Scouting Report

Wood is making a very extreme impression early on in spring training. Some of that impression is incredibly good and some is at the opposite end of the spectrum.

The first thing you notice about Wood is his frame. He has the height, but is also very durable and strong, particularly in his lower half. This is a guy that looks the part of a powerful starting pitcher in the big leagues.

That powerful frame is clearly serving him well, as the big righty is already showing upper 90s velocity in a mid-March spring training outing. Wood didn't throw a pitch under 95 mph in this particular outing and sat steadily at 96-98 mph. He even touched 99 mph on one gun. Perhaps most impressive about his fastball is that he seems to produce it without seeming to exert himself in his delivery.

That ease in his delivery, however, isn't keeping him away from some mechanical problems. Wood has some major fastball command issues to overcome and those issues appear to stem from the consistency of his stride. He has trouble finding a consistent landing with his stride, and as a result, at least in this outing, he is erratic up and out of the zone.

To go along with his plus-plus fastball, Wood also showed a potential plus slider at 84-86 mph. The tilt was there and the break was very abrupt and sharp. If he can get any consistency locating this pitch with his fastball he's capable of being nearly unhittable.

The potential in Wood is just immense. But, inconsistency with his command plagued him as an amateur as well. His problems are not too complex to be fixed, and if a pitching coach can harness his stuff there's really no telling what he's capable of. We'll have to see if a third pitch will emerge, and that along with his command will determine his potential future role in the big leagues.

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