It’s been a long time coming, but prospect pitcher William Woods could potentially make his MLB debut soon. Just hours ago, it was reported that Woods was recalled by the Braves and will take the place of outfielder Eddie Rosario, who was simultaneously placed on the 10-day injured list due to swelling and blurred vision in his right retina.
The 23-year-old Woods, who was drafted in the 23rd round back in 2018 by Atlanta, has been quite the mystery these last few years. Following a pair of seasons in both ’18 and 2019, the right-hander went MIA for most of 2021, only making five starts during the minor league regular season (though he tallied 21 innings that fall in the AFL). The long absence, along with what appeared to be some regression regarding his numbers, Woods’ prospect stock has taken a hit lately. However, that seems to be turning around this season.
The overall 2022 stat line for Woods may be a bit misleading with the 7.04 ERA next to his name. He struggled in his first two games with Double-A Mississippi to begin the season – allowing three runs in a three-inning start and then another three runs in a one-inning relief appearance. But since then, Woods has been literally unhittable, tossing 3 ⅔ perfect frames – no hits and no walks – to go with nine strikeouts, in the process earning a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett.
As perhaps the trendiest reliever in the Braves system over the last couple of weeks, Atlanta appears to be rewarding the young righty. Hopefully he can get in a game or two while he’s up. Regardless, congrats to Woods.