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This may be the offseason to explore selling high on James Wood. He has big tools (70-grade raw power, 55-grade speed, 55-grade arm), but his 33.7 K% and 61.6 Contact% at Double-A illustrate the risk involved with his hit tool. A 6-foot-6, 240-pound right fielder who can handle center field in the short term, Wood was one of the big prizes Washington received from San Diego in the Juan Soto trade. He hasn't flopped like Robert Hassell, but he also hasn't improved his stock like CJ Abrams and arguably MacKenzie Gore. So many young, toolsy hitting prospects had huge 2023 seasons in the upper levels without major contact issues, that it's hard to give Wood the benefit of the doubt just due to his age (won't turn 22 until September). Fortunately for the lefty slugger, the Nationals have a top-heavy big-league roster and a top-heavy farm system, so he'll get plenty of chances over the coming years, even if he struggles initially at the highest level. The most likely outcome is that he settles in as an everyday player who hits below .250 while hitting around 30 homers with double-digit steals during his peak seasons.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: On base three times Sunday

    Wood went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. The 21-year-old rookie is already being pitched around and treated as the most dangerous hitter in the Nationals' lineup, drawing six free passes in his first seven MLB games. Wood is doing damage when he gets his bat on the ball too, batting .320 (8-for-25) with a double, a homer and six RBI while hitting third against right-handed pitching.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Launches first career homer

    Wood went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 14-6 rout of the Cardinals. It was a huge day for the Nationals' young offense, and Wood was at the center of the eruption, crushing an opposite-field three-run home run off Lance Lynn in the second inning. It took the 21-year-old only six MLB games to launch his first homer, and Wood hasn't had much trouble adjusting to big-league pitching since his promotion, batting .304 (7-for-23) with a 4:6 BB:K.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Notched first MLB steal

    Wood went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base in a 7-5 win against the Mets on Wednesday. Wood was just 1-for-7 over his first two big-league games before notching his first multi-hit performance Wednesday. He also picked up his first big-league run, RBI and stolen base in the contest. Wood showed that he can come through in the clutch, as his seventh-inning RBI single broke a 5-5 tie and proved to be the decisive knock in Washington's win.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Collects first hit in debut

    Wood went 1-for-4 with a walk in Monday's 9-7 loss to the Mets. The 21-year-old recorded a hit in his first major-league plate appearance, knocking a single to left off David Peterson. Wood later worked a five-pitch walk in the 10th inning. After slashing .353/.463/.595 in 231 plate appearances at Triple-A, the Washington outfielder appears set to play every day in left field for the Nationals. Wood has all the tools to be a fantasy star, as he reached double-digits in both homers and steals -- 10 apiece -- with 37 RBI and 44 runs scored in 52 games with Rochester before his call-up.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Batting sixth in major-league debut

    Wood will start in left field and bat sixth in Monday's contest versus the Mets. The left-handed-hitting Wood will go up against southpaw David Peterson in his major-league debut. Left-handers didn't bother the 21-year-old at all this season at Triple-A Rochester. In fact, he performed a bit better versus them (1.089 OPS) than against righties (1.047 OPS).
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Added to roster ahead of MLB debut

    The Nationals selected Wood's contract from Triple-A Rochester on Monday. The top prospect will make his major-league debut Monday against the Mets. Wood earned a promotion after sporting a blistering .353/.463/.595 batting line with 10 home runs, 10 stolen bases and a 42:40 K:BB over 52 games with Rochester. While Wood has experience at all three outfield positions, the Nationals plan to deploy him mainly in left field for the time being.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: MLB debut coming Monday

    The Nationals will call up Wood from Triple-A Rochester prior to their game Monday against the Mets, Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan reports. Wood is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and has had a phenomenal season at Rochester, slashing .346/.458/.578 with 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases over 51 contests. He also boasts a 17.3 percent walk rate and just an 18.2 percent strikeout rate in the International League, which is particularly impressive considering he's just 21 and he fanned at a 31.5 percent clip between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Harrisburg in 2023. Wood is capable of handling all three outfield spots, but the expectation is that he'll be used mostly in left field by the Nationals.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Looks ready for game action

    Wood (hamstring) is expected to resume playing in games early this week, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports. Golden's report doesn't specify whether Wood will embark on a rehab assignment with one of the Nationals' lower-level affiliates or if he'll immediately rejoin the Triple-A Rochester lineup, but either way, the 22-year-old looks close to making a return from the right hamstring injury that has kept him out of action since May 23. The injury may have temporarily halted any momentum Wood had for earning a call-up to the big leagues, but the outfielder still looks on track to make his Nationals debut at some point later in 2024. He's performed as one of the International League's top hitters when available this season, slashing .355/.465/.596 with nine home runs, 10 stolen bases and a 17.4 percent walk rate.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Lands on Triple-A IL

    Wood was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday with right hamstring tightness, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports. Wood tweaked the hamstring during a game last Thursday and has been sidelined ever since. It's not clear how much more time the top prospect might miss, but his move to the IL means that he won't be a candidate for a major-league promotion in the short term. Wood, 21, is slashing a robust .355/.465/.596 with nine home runs, 10 stolen bases and a 37:35 K:BB over 45 games with Rochester this season.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Managing tight hamstring

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Friday that Wood is dealing with right hamstring tightness, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports. The 21-year-old was removed from Triple-A Rochester's game Thursday due to the injury, though his exit was apparently precautionary. It appears Wood has avoided a serious injury, and he should be considered day-to-day.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Exits early with soreness

    Wood was removed from Thursday's game with Triple-A Rochester due to lower body soreness, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports. Wood didn't seem to have any obvious injury when he was pulled, but the severity of the issue is still unknown. One of the top prospects in the game, Wood is knocking down the door to the big leagues having maintained a .358/.465/.600 line across 200 plate appearances with Rochester.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Organization preaching patience

    Wood won't be rushed to the majors ahead of the Nationals' schedule for him, Bobby Blanco of MASN Sports reports. After slugging two more homers Wednesday, the 21-year-old outfielder has hit safely in 14 of the last 15 games for Triple-A Rochester, slashing .356/.449/.542 over that stretch with a 10:13 BB:K. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday the organization is sticking to its plan for Wood, however, and that he still has some things to learn in the minors. "He needs to get a bunch of at-bats," Martinez said. "He needs to learn some different things. We want him to get better against left-handed pitching. Want him to understand the baserunning stuff. All that stuff. He's striking out 33 percent of the time against lefties, so I really want him to work on that." While the Nats are trying to temper expectations for Wood, it's hard to imagine a veteran player like Eddie Rosario or Jesse Winker would represent a true obstacle for the top prospect once he's deemed ready.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Not slowing down at Triple-A

    Wood has hit safely in eight straight games for Triple-A Rochester, batting .324 (12-for-37) over that stretch with three doubles, three steals and a 5:8 BB:K. The 21-year-old hasn't homered in 16 straight games, but he's hardly been quiet during that time. Wood's strikeouts have crept up since his blistering start to the season, which could give the Nationals cover to keep him in the minors a while longer, but his 93.9 mph average exit velocity is second in all of Triple-A, per MLB.com. It seems only a matter of time before he makes his big-league debut.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Starting season at Triple-A

    Wood will begin the season with Triple-A Rochester, Bobby Blanco of MASN Sports reports. The 21-year-old opened eyes this spring by batting .364 (16-for-44) with four homers, three steals and an 11:13 BB:K, and rather than return him to Double-A Harrisburg where he ended the 2023 campaign, the Nats will keep him one step away from the majors. If the improved approach at the plate Wood displayed this spring holds up in the regular season, it may not be long before he makes his big-league debut.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Pops game-tying homer

    Wood hit an opposite-field, game-tying home run in Thursday's Grapefruit League win over the Twins. The icing on the cake was that the long ball was off a lefty hurler, minor-leaguer Denny Bentley. Wood now has four home runs this spring, though Thursday's was his first since the calendar flipped to March. Manager Dave Martinez praised both Wood and Dylan Crews after the game, saying the prospects are "not afraid of the big moment," per Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com. The 21-year-old Wood has not played above Double-A and still seems like a long shot to make the team, but the fact that he's still in big-league camp shows the organization is optimistic about his future and thinks he can contribute soon.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Available Sunday

    Wood (wrist) is expected to make an appearance off the bench in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Wood was scheduled to play in Saturday's game against the Cardinals, but he ended up being scratched as a precaution after he tweaked his right wrist on a check swing Friday. The 21-year-old is apparently good to go for the Nationals' final contest of the weekend and will look to continue what's been an impressive spring training. Though Wood remains likely to report to Double-A Harrisburg or Triple-A Rochester to begin the upcoming campaign, he's turned heads in Nationals camp with a .324/.457/.649 slash line over 17 Grapefruit League games.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Won't play Saturday

    Wood was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. No reason has been given for the change, but manager Davey Martinez noted that an explanation will be provided at the conclusion of Saturday's game. Wood is slashing .324/.457/.649 with three home runs and five RBI over 37 at-bats in spring training.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Swipes first bag of spring

    Wood went 0-for-1 with two walks, a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox. The 21-year-old top prospect wasn't able to go yard again, but Wood's display of patience might have been even more encouraging than his power. With Stone Garrett (lower leg) looking doubtful for Opening Day, the Nationals could have regular playing time available for Wood in the majors if he forces the issue over the rest of the spring. Through 22 plate appearances to begin the Grapefruit League schedule, Wood has gone 8-for-16 with three homers, one steal and an impressive 6:3 BB:K.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Launches third homer Thursday

    Wood went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. The 21-year-old top prospect roped a Kyle Gibson offering to center field in the first inning, going back-to-back with Lane Thomas to lead off the game. Wood has been the star of the spring so far for the Nationals, going 7-for-14 with three homers and a 3:2 K:BB in six games, and none of the blasts have been cheap ones -- the other two came off Houston relief prospect Misael Tamarez and Miami southpaw Devin Smeltzer, not minor-league camp bodies. Wood is still a longshot to break camp on the Opening Day roster simply because Washington is still firmly in rebuild mode and has little reason to rush him, but 2024 could end up being a breakout campaign for him after he struggled in his first look at Double-A last year.
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  • Nationals' James Wood: Rises to Double-A

    The Nationals promoted Wood from High-A Wilmington to Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. The 20-year-old was advanced to the next rung on the minor-league ladder on the heels of slugging a home run for the third time in four starts in Wilmington's 7-5 win over Hudson Valley on Saturday. For the season, Wood -- one of the key pieces the Nationals acquired in the blockbuster deal last summer that sent Juan Soto to San Diego -- has slashed .293/392/.580 with 22 extra-base hits, eight stolen bases and a 14.8 percent walk rate. Wood's production is made all the more impressive by the fact that he did much of his damage while playing in Wilmington's pitcher-friendly park.
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