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Wood Excited For The Next Step

Left-hander Alex Wood, Atlanta's second round pick out of the University of Georgia last year, had a great debut season in 2012, going 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings for the low-A Rome Braves. Currently spending his first Spring Training in big league camp, he says he can't help but be excited to take the next step in his development.

Not only did the southpaw hold opposing batters to a paltry .206 batting average last year, he did so after bypassing the short-season leagues entirely and jumping right into the South Atlantic League. "I thought it went real well," he said of his debut season. "It was kind of an exciting time and a busy time after the draft. "I went to mini-camp and they shot me straight to Rome, and it...

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