Travis Wood, Relief Pitcher, Kansas City Royals


Date of Birth: 2/6/1987
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas

Travis Wood, relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, was first drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2005. He played in the Reds' minor league system from 2005 through 2009, spending much of the 2007 season on the DL. He joined the Reds for 17 games in 2010 and for 22 games in 2011.

In December, 2011, the Reds traded Wood to the Chicago Cubs. He pitched 200.0 innings in 32 games with the Cubs in 2013 and he had a 9-12 win-loss record with a 3.11 ERA. He finished the 2014 season with an 8-13 record, 146 strikeouts to 76 walks, and a 5.03 ERA in 173.2 innings in 31 games.

Wood pitched primarily out of the Cubs' bullpen in 2015. He finished the season with a 5-4 record, 4 saves, 118 strikeouts to 39 walks, and a 3.84 ERA in 100.2 innings in 54 games. He pitched 7.2 innings in 6 postseason games and he gave up 6 hits and 4 runs.

Wood pitched as a reliever in 77 games in 2016. He finished the season with a career low ERA of 2.95, 4 wins to 0 losses, and 47 strikeouts to 24 walks in 61.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 6.1 innings in 9 games and he gave up 5 hits and 2 runs.

Wood became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a two-year contract with the Royals on February 15, 2017.

Career pitching statistics for Wood through 2016 include:

  • 259 games played
  • 900.0 innings pitched
  • 43-52 win-loss record
  • 736 strikeouts to 325 walks
  • 4.00 ERA

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Travis Wood
ESPN - Travis Wood