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Top James Wood News

  • Nationals' James Wood: Back in business

    Wood (knee) went 1-for-4 with an RBI, two runs and two walks in a game with Single-A Fredericksburg on Sunday.

    A sore knee kept Wood off the field for just shy of two weeks, but he returned to action Friday and showed Sunday that he is past his knee issue. Since being acquired from the Padres as part of the Juan Soto trade, Wood has gone 24-for-82 (.293) with two homers, 17 RBI and four steals over 21 games with Fredericksburg.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Nursing knee issue

    Wood isn't in the lineup Tuesday for Single-A Fredericksburg due to knee soreness, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    The 19-year-old was removed from Sunday's contest due to the injury and will be sidelined for at least one game. Wood has appeared in 19 games since being acquired by the Nationals in the Juan Soto trade and has a .307/.369/.493 slash line with two home runs, 16 RBI and four stolen bases for Fredericksburg.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Snagged by Nats in Soto deal

    Wood was traded from the Padres to the Nationals on Tuesday along with Luke Voit, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell, MacKenzie Gore and Jarlin Susana in exchange for Juan Soto and Josh Bell, Jeff Passan of reports.

    Wood has done more to improve his stock this year than any other player from the 2021 Draft class. An athletic 6-foot-7 outfielder with massive raw power and plus speed, Wood hit .337/.453/.601 with 10 home runs, 15 steals and a 42:37 K:BB in 236 plate appearances at Single-A. He is a couple years away from the majors, but Wood has superstar upside.

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  • Padres' James Wood: Scorching since return

    Wood has hit .333/.422/.563 with three homers, seven steals and a 12:17 BB:K across 21 games for Single-A Lake Elsinore since returning from a wrist injury.

    The 19-year-old owns an unimpeachable stat line over 35 Single-A games so far this season, featuring a .999 OPS and 26:28 BB:K. It's exceedingly rare for a guy who's built like an NFL linebacker (or, well, Aaron Judge) at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds to control the strike zone so well while also showing above-average base-stealing ability. While he'll obviously have to carry this level of performance over to higher levels of the minors, Wood is flashing star potential.

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  • Padres' James Wood: Activated from minor-league IL

    Wood (wrist) has completed his Arizona Complex League rehab assignment and has been activated onto High-A Lake Elsinore's roster, Sam Dykstra of reports.

    Wood played in five games during his ACL rehab assignment, going 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts and a stolen base. Despite the unimpressive results, he's been deemed ready to return to Lake Elsinore, with whom he's slashed .273/.429/.509 with three homers, 12 RBI and four thefts across 15 contests on the campaign. Wood has been sidelined by the wrist injury twice this season, so the organization will likely be cautious if the issue flares up again.

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  • Padres' James Wood: Goes back on IL

    Wood was placed on the minor-league 7-day injured list Friday due to a right wrist injury, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Wood was on the injured list with soreness in the same wrist in mid-April, and this appears to be a flareup of the issue. The 19-year-old has hit well when able to play this season, slashing .300/.462/.560 with three homers, 12 RBI, a 14:11 BB:K and four stolen bases over 65 plate appearances. It's not yet clear how long this iteration of the injury will keep him out of action.

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  • Padres' James Wood: Playing again at Single-A

    Wood (wrist) appeared in four consecutive games for Single-A Lake Elsinore from Friday through Sunday, going a collective 6-for-15 with a home run, two doubles, two walks, a stolen base, seven RBI and four runs.

    After missing nearly two weeks of action with a sore right wrist, Wood looked plenty healthy in his return to the lineup for Lake Elsinore's weekend series with Fresno. The 19-year-old outfielder put his impressive raw power and above-average speed on display during the series, showcasing the skill set that led the Padres to select him in the second round of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft. Wood is one of the more intriguing prospects in the lower levels of the Padres' system.

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  • Padres' James Wood: Should swing soon

    The Padres expect Wood (wrist) to resume swinging a bat soon, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Wood hasn't played for Low-A Lake Elsinore since April 9 due to a sore right wrist, but the organization is confident his injury isn't a significant one. According to Sanders, scans conducted on Wood's wrist have already ruled out a hamate bone injury, so he'll likely just need to wait for the soreness and swelling to subside before he's cleared for full baseball activities. The 19-year-old is viewed as one of the top lower-levels talents in the Padres' farm system.

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  • Padres' James Wood: Managing wrist injury

    Wood was out of the lineup for Low-A Lake Elsinore's game Tuesday due to a wrist injury and is expected to be held out a few days, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but Wood will step out of the lineup for a few days to get healthy. He's gone 4-for-8 with two home runs, five RBI, four runs and one stolen base this season.

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  • Padres' James Wood: Homers twice in Low-A debut

    Wood went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a walk, three runs and five RBI for Low-A Lake Elsinore on Friday.

    Wood was selected in the second round by the Padres in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft and played for their rookie affiliate last season, slashing .375/.471/.534, slugging three homers and stealing 10 bases in 27 games. The 19-year-old stands 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, so it's no surprise that power is his most tantalizing skill, though he also boasts above-average speed. There are legitimate swing-and-miss concerns in Wood's profile, but he could ascend the prospect rankings quickly if he continues what has already been an explosive start to his professional career.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 240 lbs
Age: 20
Bats/Throws: L, R