James Wood-OF-IMG Academy (OF)
James Wood is an outfield prospect for the Chicago White Sox to consider this year.
The White Sox have suffered quite a few injuries in the outfield this season. They are currently missing starters, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert. Adam Engel has spent some time on the injured list this season and may not be the complete answer for the future. White Sox fans have been exposed to a lot of grief when it comes to outfielders so drafting some players to develop would go a long way towards suppressing some of this grief.
Enter James Woods, an outfielder who has been basically “studying” baseball at the IMG Academy in Florida. He’s prepared himself to enter the upper levels of baseball and could be just the guy that the Sox are looking for.
"“Wood entered the summer as a relatively under-the-radar athletic outfielder who had moved from his home in Maryland to attend IMG Academy to focus on baseball. The former two-sport standout (basketball) had as strong of a summer as just about any high schooler on the showcase circuit, putting him firmly on the radar as perhaps the Florida Draft prospect with the highest upside, though some struggles at the plate this spring hurt his stock a little.”"
Wood is a very good athlete and is projected as one of the top outfielders entering the MLB Draft. He is planning on attending Mississippi State so he should be able to refine his skills in college and will likely even be ready when he’s through with school. When he is finally ready to go, he could be one of the better outfielders that the Sox have seen in a while should they pick him.
Wood does need to work on a few things, especially his presence at the plate and ability to hit the ball but college and/or the minor leagues will give him what he needs to do that. Drafting Wood would go a long way towards improving the overall athleticism of the Sox and give them options further down the road in the outfield.