Former Yellow Jackets ace getting it done in relief in “Queen City”
The Jackets have produced eight top-five round picks in the last three years
Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft ... Elected to skip his senior season to sign with the Royals.
Became just the fifth player in Georgia Tech history to record 10+ wins in consecutive seasons when he did so his junior year ... Finished his career ranked 13th in school history with a .759 winning percentage ... Stands tied for 17th with 22 career wins.
2006: Started the first game of every weekend series ... Won the season opener at Georgia Southern (2/11), working five innings and allowing four runs ... Earned the win in a start vs. Kennesaw State (2/17), tossing six innings and holding KSU to no earned runs ... Improved to 3-0 with a win over sixth-ranked Tennessee, allowing three runs in five innings ... Moved to 4-0 vs. Rutgers (3/3) ... Won his fifth-straight game against Virginia (3/10), tossing a season-high eight innings while giving up just one run on seven hits and no walks, fanning six ... Struck out a season-high nine batters in a loss at Virginia Tech (4/7) ... Earned his seventh win of the year at Boston College (4/28), working seven innings and allowing one run on five hits ... Improved to 8-3 vs. South Florida (5/5) by holding the Bulls to just one earned run on eight hits while striking out nine ... Picked up his ninth win by tossing a season-high 8.1 innings vs. Miami in the ACC Tournament (5/24) ... Held the Hurricanes to one run on five hits in Tech's 2-1 win ... Won his 10th game of the year in Tech's NCAA Atlanta Regional opening victory over Stetson by working 7.1 innings and allowing four runs ... Earned win No. 11 by tossing 6.2 shutout innings against the College of Charleston in the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional.
2005: A second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree ... Named to the All-NCAA Atlanta Regional Team ... Went 10-1 in 18 starts, working in the weekend rotation for the entire season ... Allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of 18 starts, and did not allow more than five runs in any start ... Has the best outing of his career vs. South Carolina in the NCAA Atlanta Regional, tossing a complete game six-hitter in a 10-2 Tech win ... Went the distance for the first time in his collegiate career, needing just 107 pitches, while issuing one walk and striking out eight ... Retired 13 straight batters from the fourth through the seventh innings and faced the minimum number of batters over the final six innings ... Earned the win in his first start of the year at Georgia Southern (2/13), allowing three runs in five innings ... Picked up his second win against Iona (2/19), holding the Gaels to one run on four hits in five innings ... Improved to 3-0 at Duke (3/6), allowing just one unearned run on six hits in six innings while striking out a season-high six batters ... Worked 6.2 innings and allowed three earned runs in a win vs. Wake Forest (3/13) ... Improved to 5-0 with a six inning, two run effort vs. Maryland (4/3) ... Worked seven shutout innings vs. Winthrop (4/10), allowing two hits and one walk while striking out a career-high 10 batters; only allowed three balls to leave the infield ... Moved to 7-0 with a solid effort vs. Florida State (4/17), working six innings and allowing four runs ... Suffered his only loss on Apr. 24, working 7.2 innings at Virginia and allowing two runs as Tech lost, 2-1 ... Pitched eight innings and allowed three runs at Clemson (4/30), leaving the game with a 5-3 lead before the Tigers rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 win ... Earned wins in his next two starts vs. Florida Atlantic (5/7), allowing one earned run in seven innings, and vs. Virginia Tech (5/14), allowing one run in five innings ... Took a no decision in his next two starts - at UNC (5/19), working just three innings as the game was halted by rain, and vs. FSU (5/26) in the ACC Tournament despite nine K's.
2004: Made 15 appearances, including four starts, and posted a 1-2 record ... Shook off a shaky debut to put together solid outings in his next four appearances (6 IP, 2 R) before taking the loss against Virginia (3/14) ... Struck out the side in a scoreless inning against Villanova (2/21) ... Made starts in two straight weeks against Georgia (3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) and Winthrop (5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) but did not figure in the decision ... Earned his first career win against Duke (5/9), working five innings and allowing two runs ... Pitched with the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaska Baseball League during the summer ... Went 3-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 42.1 innings.
High School: Played four years of baseball for coach Reggie Black at North Gwinnett High School as a pitcher and first baseman ... Went 5-3 with a 2.21 ERA as a senior ... Posted a 5-2 record and a 3.77 ERA as a junior ... Went 13-1 with a 1.61 ERA in the summer of 2002 with the East Cobb Astros ... An all-Gwinnett County selection in 2003 ... A four-year member of the honor roll.
Personal: Full name is Blake Daniel Wood ... Born on August 8, 1985 ... Son of Jimmy and Connie Wood ... Majoring in Management.
Career Statistics Year G-GS W-L SV CG SH ERA IP H R ER BB SO Avg. 2004 15-4 1-2 0 0 0 7.84 31.0 40 30 27 14 23 .305 2005 18-18 10-1 0 1 0 3.13 106.1 111 48 37 24 74 .267 2006 19-19 11-4 0 0 0 4.79 114.2 138 71 61 41 95 .297 Totals 52-41 22-7 0 1 0 4.46 252.0 289 149 127 49 192 .286