The Reds have become very conservative in their player development, promoting prospects only when they almost have no other choice. Wood has been so dominant at double-A that he is certainly ready for a new challenge.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bryant's Travis Wood has been promoted to the Cincinnati Reds' Class AAA affiliate, the Louisville Bats of the International League, amidst a dominating season for the Class AA Carolina Mudcats.
According to Wood's parents Jay and Dena Wood, he will make his AAA debut at Syracuse on Saturday at 7 p.m. The lefty was told last week would be his last at Carolina but made one more start before the promotion.
Class AAA is one notch below the Major Leagues.
A Bryant High School graduate and former Hornet and Bryant Black Sox star, Wood was selected by the Reds in the June 2005 draft.
This season, he's posted a 9-3 record with a 1.21 earned run average in 19 starts, covering 119 innings. He's allowed just 78 hits and 37 walks while striking out 103. Opponents are hitting just .189 against him. He was also the starting pitcher for the North All-Stars in the Southern League All-Star game in Birmingham, Ala., recently.
In leading the league in ERA, the next lowest mark is 2.70. His nine wins in consecutive decisions set a new Mudcats franchise record. Nine wins is tied for most in the league. His strikeout mark is tops in the league and his innings pitched is tied for most. He also has the league's best WHIP (Walks + hits per innings pitched) at 0.97.
At Louisville, Wood joins a team that leads the Western Division of the International League by 9 1/2 games.