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Pirates Draft Eric Wood in the Sixth Round

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The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted third baseman Eric Wood in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Wood, a right-handed hitter, attended Blinn College and comes from the JuCo ranks. He didn’t rate on Baseball America’s top 500, making him the first guy who could really qualify as a signability pick.

Wood hit for a .318/.425/.486 line in 173 at-bats this year for Blinn, with four homers. He showed some power, winning his team’s home run derby last fall. He also showed a strong arm, being considered one of the top four or five arms for Blinn’s pitching staff, although he only threw four innings, playing mostly in the field. Wood was taken last year in the 37th round out of high school by the Oakland Athletics. He’s got a 6′ 2″, 195 pound frame, and doesn’t turn 20 until November, so he’s basically a high school guy.

The slot price for the sixth round is $188,800. Wood seems more signable in the sixth round than he was in the 37th round last year. I don’t know if he’d command the full slot amount, which could create some money for Mark Appel if he signs.

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Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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