Mike Scioscia compares Brandon Wood’s high strikeout rate at a young age to Mike Schmidt.
Back on January 21, I wrote a column titled, Brandon Wood vs. Mike Schmidt.
I noted that Mike Schmidt had been about Brandon’s age when he was first called up, and that like Wood his strikeout rate had been atrocious but he later outgrew it.
Needless to say, I was amused to see the article today on MLB.com in which Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said that he saw parallels between the early careers of Schmidt and Wood.
Brandon was 0 for 4 in his big league debut Thursday, striking out twice. From what I saw on TV, the Tampa Bay pitchers were pounding him with breaking balls down and away, which often gave him troubles in the minors. Someone did their scouting.