Alex Wood

Age 30
  • Born 01/12/1991
  • Bats R
  • Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Statistics
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24.7% Thrown 83.6 MPH 17.9 CSW%
24.9% Thrown 81.4 MPH 30.1 CSW%
50.3% Thrown 89.9 MPH 30.5 CSW%

In 2019, Alex Wood allowed eleven home runs with three of them coming on his changeup. His change averaged 83.7 mph, and used it mainly as a chase pitch throwing it outside of the zone 68% of the time, mainly down and armside. It was hit hard in the zone to a .292 BAA and was whiffed on just 4 times in the 47 thrown inside the zone. Of the 100 changeups he threw out-of-the-zone, Wood had 14 whiffs, but the pitch wasn’t a strikeout getter in 2019; just two of his thirty strikeouts came on his changeup.

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Alex Wood threw his knuckle curve 24.9% of the time, but because of an abbreviated season due to injury, the pitch total was just 144. Of those, 69 induced batters to swing (47.9%) and just 17 were whiffs (24.6%). By way of comparison, in his 2017 All-Star season, Wood had a similar usage (24.1%), but had a 54 Sw% and 35% whiff rate. In 2017, his curve had just a .203 BAA and did not allow a home run in 544 thrown, but last season it had a .314 BAA and he surrendered four home runs.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Mark McElroy

Sitting below 90 mph, Alex Wood’s fastball was his most thrown pitch at 50.3%. He works it all around the zone with an even mix inside (48.8%) and outside (51.2%) of the zone, but he might look to decrease his zone%. When his fastball was thrown inside the zone, he had just 10 strikeouts and his BAA was .319 with four home runs allowed (68.8 Sw%), and when he threw his fastball outside the zone he had six strikeouts, but had just a .158 BAA.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Mark McElroy
43.0% Thrown 89.9 MPH
30.7% Thrown 82.4 MPH
26.3% Thrown 83.7 MPH

Wood has long been known for his two-seam fastball, and it continued to be his main weapon in 2018 as he threw it about 43% of the time. It was highly effective too as evidenced by a 5.6 pVal. While averaging 90 mph, it doesn’t miss many bats, but opposing hitters struggle to square it up as evidenced by a .252 batting average against as well as a .388 slugging percentage.

Wood threw his curveball more often this past year, and that’s a good thing as it was a quality pitch for him. With an 18.7% swinging-strike rate, it is his best swing-and-miss offering, and that contributed to him allowing just a .243 batting average against. Overall it was worth a 4.0 pVal.

Wood’s third-most used pitch in 2018, the changeup was an effective one, giving up a .245 batting average and .374 slugging percentage to opposing hitters while managing a 78.4% contact rate against with a very good 57.9% ground-ball rate. Overall it was worth a 3.9 pVal.

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