Look it's unavoidable. Brandon Wood stunk to begin the season. I was down on him, and so was everyone else. I've been saying it for a week now that he's figured something out and according to the stats, yes, he has. Since sliding over to SS on June 16th, Wood has gone 6 for 17. It's a small sample size but thats 5 games in a row he's collected a hit, an impossible feat earlier in the season.
Prior to this streak Wood had struck out 36 times in 125 AB's, or roughly 1/3 of the time. While he has 4 K's in his last 17 AB's, slightly less than 1/4 of the AB's, the same size is too small to say he's completely turned the corner. Wood's defense has also been progressing at SS, after a terrible game in the field for Joe Saunders, Wood saved the game last night against the Dodgers with a Sportcenter highlight dive and glove flip to begin the double play.
I can't claim Brandon Wood's season is completely turned around and be truthful. But it is clear, that SOMETHING, has happened, a light bulb came on or he's lighter mentally. Just something. Just watching his AB's, his hands look the same, I don't think Hatcher changed anything there. Clearly he doesn't have power anymore without his hands held high and a longer swing. Wood however has closed off his stance just a shade, isn't moving as much before the pitch and is making more contact. He'll probably never walk alot as he's the one guy every pitcher can and should throw strikes to in this lineup.
We don't have a superstar yet, but I think we have a capable fill in at 3B/SS/1B that isn't an automatic K.