Alex Wood Selected By Atlanta Braves In 2nd Round
Alex Wood was selected by Atlanta in the second round Tuesday.

June 5, 2012

ATHENS, GA.-----University of Georgia left-hander Alex Wood has been selected by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday.

Wood, a 6-4, 220-pound native of Charlotte, N.C., was the 85th overall pick in the draft.

Wood posted a 7-3 record and 2.73 ERA in 15 starts for the Bulldogs in 2012 as they went 31-26. An All-SEC second team selection, Wood registered 100 strikeouts and 21 walks in 102.1 innings pitched with two complete games and a team-best seven pickoffs. His 2.73 ERA was the lowest by a Bulldog starter since 1989. For his career, Wood was 13-10 with a 3.57 ERA in 32 appearances including 30 starts. He had 180 strikeouts and 47 walks in 204.1 innings pitched. He went 6-7 with a 4.44 ERA in 2011 after being limited to just one outing in 2010 while recovering from surgery.

“This is a great opportunity to join the Atlanta Braves organization and start a whole new chapter of my baseball career and life," said Wood. "I have been watching the draft with my family and some friends at home in Charlotte. I was a little surprised that I didn’t go last night; I haven’t gotten much sleep the last couple of days, and I knew there was a good chance I would go in the second round today. There’s a lot of emotions you go through, and I’m happy it’s over now.

"I was the second pick of the entire draft for the Braves, and I’m excited about that," Wood added. "I know I’ll have a chance to move quickly because they like me a lot. Growing up, I was a fan of the Braves and Mets. My dad is originally from Long Island, and I have a lot of friends that are big Braves fans too. I am thankful of my opportunity at Georgia, and playing and working with my teammates and coaches, and now I’ll be talking with the Braves in a few days and see where I go.”

Also, the number two overall pick in the draft was Bulldog signee Byron Buxton. A 6-3, 180-pound outfielder from Baxley, he was selected by the Minnesota Twins Monday night, and the pick value at number two overall is $6.2 million. Buxton hit .513 with 35 stolen bases and went 10-0 on the mound in leading Appling County to a state title. It was the Twins highest pick since taking Joe Mauer with the first overall selection in 2001. The MLB draft began Monday with the first round and compensation picks for a total of 60 selections.

Also in the second round Tuesday, Bulldog signee Joe DeCarlo was taken with the 64th overall pick by the Seattle Mariners. A 6-1, 205-pound infielder, he was a standout at Garnett Valley High in Glenn Mills, Penn. Three picks later, Bulldog signee Duane Underwood was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the 67th overall selection. A 6-3, 210-pound right-hander was a two-way star for Pope High School in Marietta.

The draft on Tuesday features rounds two through 15 and finishes on Wednesday with rounds 16 through 40. Here's a link to follow the 2012 MLB Draft.

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