Hunter Wood

Age 27
  • Born 08/12/1993
  • Bats R
  • Team: Cleveland Indians
2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
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2018
2019
Changeup
11.4% Thrown 86.2 MPH 24.4 CSW%
Curveball
5.0% Thrown 76.7 MPH 28.9 CSW%
Four-Seamer
56.2% Thrown 93.5 MPH 28 CSW%
Slider
27.5% Thrown 86.6 MPH 34.5 CSW%

Wood nearly doubled his changeup usage from 2018 to 2019 after not throwing a single one in his rookie season. It was moderately effective, generating a 0.4 pitch value this past season, compared to -1.0 the season before.

GIF made by Myles Nelson. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe

After throwing his curveball 16.4% of the time in 2018, Wood nearly turned his back on this pitch entirely, only using it 4.97% of the time.

GIF made by Myles Nelson. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe

Wood has completely changed his pitching style since being called up to the majors in 2017. That season, he only threw his fastball 40% of the time at an average 90 mph. In 2019, he threw it 65.2% of the time with a much-improved 93.5 mph velocity.

GIF made by Myles Nelson. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe

Wood effectively replaced his slider with a cutter sometime in 2018, dramatically changing his pitch selection since he entered the league in 2017. He relied on his slider 60% of the time his rookie season and didn’t throw a single one in 2019, instead turning to his cutter 27.5% of the time.

GIF made by Myles Nelson. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
52.7% Thrown 94.3 MPH
Slider
23.0% Thrown 87.2 MPH
Curveball
17.4% Thrown 75.3 MPH
Changeup
6.9% Thrown 86.4 MPH

This is an interesting pitch, as it sits at 94 mph-plus with a ton of ride. It carries a decent swinging-strike rate but a boring chase rate and a bad 14.9 walk percentage. If he can command it a bit better, Wood stands a good chance to increase its 0.7 pVal.

Wood’s slider carries above-average break and sports fantastic swinging-strike (16.7%), chase (38.6%) and zone rates (43.6%). This was a nasty whiff-getter, and its 1.2 pVal was only held down by its low volume, being thrown only 156 times.

The righty’s rainbow hook featured significantly above-average drop and limited batters to a .036 ISO. Its swinging-strike and chase rates were unimpressive for a breaker, and it carried an unsustainable 48.3% K rate, but it showed promise as a secondary.

There was a lot of noise over the 48 changeups Wood threw in 2018, including a .571 BABIP. Still, it featured above-average drop and carried a 16.7% swinging-strike rate (and a near-60% grounder rate), so it can be a useful out-getter if he can tamp down the walks (14.3 BB%).

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