Meet Chris Woodward (before he’s gone)
August 9, 2009 1 Comment
For those tuning in to this Yankees series, you might not recognize that face at shortstop – 33 year-old Chris Woodward. I vaguely remember him from his days with the Toronto organization. He’s kind of one of those no-hit, good fielding middle infielders you see traveling around the Majors. He came up with the Blue Jays, spent some time with the Mets and the Braves, then was picked up by Seattle this season. You may not see him around for too long, as the Sox are doing everything they can to acquire a shortstop in this post-trade deadline environment.
The 6-0, 170 righty, or Woody, as he is known, is a career .242/.298/.370 hitter in 10 partial seasons, 7 of those in the AL. Interestingly, he hasn’t hit lefties well at all in his career compared to RHP; that means he can’t hit offspeed/breaking stuff. Fangraphs shows him as a slightly below-average shortstop, someone who can turn the double play pretty well, but has poor to terrible range for the hole.
With this kind of scouting report, why did the Sox claim Woodward? Jed Lowrie’s forearm was a surprise, and they needed someone to play shortstop until they could judge the situation a bit better. Whatever little confidence Nick Green had mustered, it has all but vanished from the Sox organization and Red Sox Nation. I feel sorry for Green, but he’s gone as soon as they can find a replacement.