Alex Wood, Starting Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers, #57
Date of Birth: 1/12/1991
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina
College: University of Georgia
Alex Wood, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2012. After less than two years in the minor leagues, he was called up to the Braves in 2013. In 26 games in the minor leagues, he had a 9-5 record with a 1.68 ERA.
In 2013, Wood pitched 77.2 innings in 31 games with the Braves. He was both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher, finishing the 2013 season with 77 strikeouts to 27 walks, a 3-3 record, and a 3.13 ERA. He finished the 2014 season with 171.2 innings pitched in 35 games and he had an 11-11 record with 170 strikeouts to 45 walks and a 2.78 ERA.
Wood was traded to the Dodgers on July 30, 2015. He finished the season with a 12-12 record, 139 strikeouts to 59 walks, and a 3.84 ERA in 20 games with the Braves and 12 games with the Dodgers. He pitched 2.0 innings in one postseason game and he gave up 4 hits, including a home run, and 4 runs.
Wood spent several months on the DL in 2016 with an elbow problem that required surgery. He pitched 10 games from the starting rotation and 4 games as a reliever, finishing the season with a 3.73 ERA, 1 win to 4 losses, and 66 strikeouts to 20 walks. He pitched just 2.0 innings in the postseason and he gave up 2 hits and no runs.
Wood had a good 2017 season, finishing with a career low ERA of 2.72. He had a career high 16 wins (to 3 losses) and 151 strikeouts to 38 walks in 152.1 innings in 27 games. In the postseason, he pitched 12.1 innings in 3 games and he gave up 5 hits and 4 runs, all of which were home runs. He struck out 13 batters and walked 2. He set a Dodgers' World Series record in Game 4 when he became the first Dodgers pitcher to go hitless through five or more innings. In the sixth inning, with two outs, he gave up a home run to George Springer to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.
Career pitching statistics for Wood through 2017 include:
- 139 games played
- 651.2 innings pitched
- 43-33 win-loss record
- 603 strikeouts to 189 walks
- 3.20 ERA