Robert Alexander Wood is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. Before playing professional baseball, Wood played for his high school team at Ardrey Kell High School and college baseball for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Wood attended Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Playing for the school's baseball team, he was named the North Carolina Class 4A player of the year in 2009. He enrolled at the University of Georgia, where he played college baseball for the Georgia Bulldogs baseball team.
The Atlanta Braves selected Wood in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He played for the Rome Braves of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2012, where he pitched in 13 games, going 4-3 with a 2.22 earned run average (ERA) and 52 strikeouts. He began the 2013 season with the Mississippi Braves of the Class AA Southern League. After pitching in ten games the first two months of the season and posting an ERA of 1.26, the Braves promoted him to the major leagues on May 30. That night, in his major league debut, he pitched the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. Wood made his first major league start on June 18, 2013 where he allowed one run and earned his first loss. He was optioned to the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on July 13, and was recalled on July 25.
Alex Wood had the third lowest earned run average, in the month of August 2013, of any rookie in MLB since 1955.
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