Q&A with Braves 2nd Round Pick Alex Wood

Wood is ready to get going with the Braves

The Braves selected left-handed pitcher Alex Wood in the second round out of the University of Georgia. He sat down with us for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Braves who he would compare his game to at the big league level, to get an idea on his repertoire, and more.

AtlantaDugout.com: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Braves.

Wood: I'm really excited to be part of such a good organization and I'm just looking forward to getting better down the road and to help them get better down the road. It's all kinda surreal right now it's still sinking in watching me and some of my friends get drafted. It's really surreal.

AtlantaDugout.com: Were you surprised it was the Braves that selected you? Had you and the Braves talked much before the draft?

Wood: I knew they were interested in me and that I was in contention with a couple of other guys for their first pick. After they didn't pick me in the first round they called me that night and told me they were interested and that they were gonna try to get me in the next few rounds.

AtlantaDugout.com: Do you have any idea what the Braves organization or farm system is like?

Wood: I know a little bit about them I know they have Rome and Gwinnett just from living in Georgia. I'm not really sure where they'll want me so I'm just trying to figure things out with them and my agent and see what happens.

AtlantaDugout.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Wood: I have a four-seam and two-seam between 92 and 96 mph, my cutter is between 92-93 mph, and I have a breaking ball between 76 and 78 mph. I've played with my cutter a little bit but nothing too serious. I'm looking forward to meeting all of the coaches to see what they have in mind.

AtlantaDugout.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Wood: Oh man that's tough. I've always been a big Johan Santana fan. I always liked Tom Glavine and Josh Beckett. Just a couple of guys that are fun to watch pitch.

AtlantaDugout.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Braves' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Wood: I'd probably say [Madison] Bumgarner. We're both from North Carolina and we have similar arm action.

AtlantaDugout.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Wood: Wow that's hard. I'd have to say pitching against Gerrit Cole out at UCLA. He's a great pitcher and I had one of my best starts out there. It was really fun going up against him.

AtlantaDugout: Are you ready to get going with the Braves?

Wood: Absolutely. I'm just ready to get out there and play and I'm really excited to start throwing again and see what the Braves want me to do.

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