By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Pirate fans might soon be watching another shortstop and his name could be Brandon Wood.

Wood, a former first round pick, was designated for assignment yesterday by the Angels.

Colin Dunlap, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports that the window to file a waiver claim is today at Noon and the Pirates are very likely to put a claim on him.

Wood was once considered one of the top prospects in the Angels organization. However, he’s never been able to translate his success in the minors over to the majors.

Wood’s Career Stats:
2010: 226 at-bats, .146 average, 2 2B’s, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 71 strikeouts
2009: 41 at-bats, .195 average, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 19 strikeouts
2008: 150 at-bats, .200 average, 4 2B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 43 strikeouts
2007: 33 at-bats, .152 average, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 12 strikeouts

Wood has 161 career minor league homers, including 43 in 2005.

Wood, 26, is primarily a shortstop but can also play third and first base.

I think it would be worth the risk because the Ronny Cedeno experiment should come to an end. He’s nothing more than a backup shortstop because of his inconsistent play. Also, having Josh Rodriguez on the bench is a waste because he’s overmatched in the big leagues.

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