Lefty starter Alex Wood, 30, started 26 games for the San Francisco Giants in 2021, going 10-4. He threw 138.2 innings and induced ground balls 50.8% of the time.
Wood uses three pitches – a sinker, a slider, and a changeup – and used the sinker a majority of the time. At 91.8 mph, the sinker had 20.9 inches of vertical drop with an active spin of 99%. Wood’s slider averaged 84 mph with 41.3 inches of vertical drop and an active spin of 26%. Wood’s change-up averaged 85.3 mph with 36.2 inches of vertical drop and an active spin of 95%
In 2021, Wood tossed a walk rate of 6.7% or 39 total walks. This is outstanding considering the walk rate of the entire St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff in 2021. Wood had a strikeout rate of 26% with 152 strikeouts. He had an impressive swinging strike percentage of 32.2%.
As a left-hander that can throw several innings with an interesting mix of pitches that can induce ground ball-outs, he would be a good fit for the Cardinals rotation in 2022. The low rate of inducing walks is pretty awesome to see as well.