Former UGA Pitcher Making a Quick Start to a Long Journey

Alex Wood Profile

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Former Bulldog, Alex Wood, found out what it feels like to make it to the show in just a very short amount of time. The twenty-two year old Charlotte, North Carolina native was the second round pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. Ever since the signing of his contract, Wood made a very impressive climb to the top of the ladder in just one year. Now, he has worked his way into the starting rotation for the Atlanta Braves and is having a very impressive year so far for Fredi Gonzalez’s team.

“Hard Work Pays Off” is a quote that Alex Wood has executed throughout his life-long baseball career. Coming out of high school, Wood had to go through extensive elbow surgeries. During his freshman year at Georgia, he was redshirted for medical reasons. All year long, Alex went through rehabilitation for his arm to get him back on the diamond. Every single day, Wood was doing all that he could to better himself allowing him to get back on the mound for the Georgia Bulldogs as quickly as possible. After his redshirt year, Wood posted impressive stats for the two years that he pitched here at UGA. Scouts were filling the Foley Field Stadium day in and day out to evaluate and watch Wood during all of his baseball routines and performances.

After quickly moving through the minor league system, Wood has made a name for himself on the Major League level. It all started when Alex took advantage of an opportunity. Getting his call to the big leagues came when he was filling in for Brandon Beachy when he was placed of the disabled list. He has had many impressive outings so far and found his niche for the Atlanta Braves. So far this year, Wood has posted a 2.27 ERA throughout 63.1 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is very impressive with 66 strikeouts and only 20 walks. The left-hander is showing promising results and has become a vital part of the program.

The coolest part about this story for me is that Wood and myself were teammates here at the University of Georgia. During his two years here, we got to become very close and established a great friendship. We still talk on an occasional basis and get to hang out from time to time. Wood has always been a very hard worker and strives for greatness in everything he does. The Atlanta Brave pitcher will has a very promising future and I can’t wait to see where it takes him over time.

-Austin Wheeler

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