I'm a little behind on this one- Braves 2012 2nd Round pick Alex Wood was recalled from AA Mississippi last week, and being on vacation I didn't have an opportunity to put this one up.
I've previously posted about Wood- which you can read here. So far, the lefty has appeared in two games- with 3 hits allowed, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts while allowing 0 runs. With both Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty out for the season after under going Tommy John surgery, Wood could be an important lefty coming out of the pen- unless management pick up a more experience reliever via a trade.
Lucas Sims, the Braves 1st Round pick last year, got off to a slow start this year as he began the year coming out of the bullpen. The righty allowed 3 runs in his first three appearances (5.2 IP), but did not give up any runs over his next 5 games (13.1 scoreless innings). After making ten appearances out of the bullpen, Rome moved Sims into it's starting rotation- where he has made two starts, with the following stats: 8.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 BB, 16 K. For the year, opposing batters are hitting only .168 against Lucas, so if he can continue to produce a lot of outs and cut back on his walks (17 total in 31.1 IP), then he should be another in a long line of Braves pitching studs.
Oh, one other thing- how cool would it be to hear Alice In Chain's "Would?" as Mr Wood's entrance music out of the 'pen?