SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Brandon Wood believes he can still fulfill his potential, and the Kansas City Royals are willing to give him that chance.
Wood hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Kansas City a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
When he was 20, Wood set California League records with 43 home runs and 101 extra-base hits in 2005. That eye-popping performance made him the Angels' top prospect, and his major league debut came in 2007.
But strikeouts became a big problem for Wood and he's never been able to hold down a big league job, batting .186 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs in 700 career at-bats.
"He can swing the bat a little bit and today was proof of that," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He put together a great at-bat to win the game for us. He was a highly rated prospect at one time. He had 40-something homers one year. It never really transitioned to the big leagues, that type of production. We still feel like there is something there ...