New Nationals’ prospect James Wood has “efficient swing” according to veteran scout


There are various people who find themselves glad to see 6-foot-7 outfielder James Wooden again within the Washington, D.C. area.

Considered one of is a baseball lifer who is aware of Wooden and his household.

“Welcome dwelling,” veteran main league scout Mike Toomey wrote on social media earlier this week.

Wooden, from Olney, Maryland, was acquired within the commerce with the San Diego Padres Tuesday for Juan Soto and Josh Bell and the outfielder, who turns 20 subsequent month, is shortly listed among the many prime 5 prospects within the improved Nationals’ farm system by a number of shops.

Toomey is a former scout for a number of groups, together with for Montreal/Washington from 2002 via 2005.

A local of Hyattsville, Maryland, Toomey labored out in January with lefty swinger Wooden at a facility in Montgomery County, Maryland on the request of Wooden’s father, Kenny, a former basketball standout on the College of Richmond who’s within the athletic Corridor of Fame at that college.

“We met this January; I acquired to see him hit. These form of children must be left alone. For an enormous child, he has an environment friendly swing,” Toomey informed Federal Baseball on Wednesday. “You may see the form of energy the child has. Nice child, nice household and he’s soft-spoken. He does issues naturally properly. The day I noticed him, he had a routine he had been doing for a very long time. He goes the opposite method and stays closed along with his entrance facet. His dad pitched to him, which was nice, so I might watch him.”

Wooden was drafted within the second spherical by the Padres in 2021 out of IMG Academy. He was teammates there with Elijah Inexperienced, the first-round choose of the Nationals earlier this summer time. Inexperienced’s father additionally performed faculty sports activities in Virginia – soccer at Liberty in Lynchburg.

Now that he’s with Washington, Wooden was assigned to the Single-A Fredericksburg Nationals.

His sister, Sydney, performed basketball for Division I Northwestern this previous season.

“The primary time I noticed him he was at St. John’s and I went over to Cabin John the place they have been practising,” Toomey stated of the ability in Maryland. “I requested, ‘Who’s that child on the market?’ He was wiry sturdy with an excellent physique. All the pieces he did was very easy.”

Wooden, who transferred from St. John’s to IMG in Florida, hit 10 homers in 209 at-bats with a mean of .321 within the minors this yr whereas with San Diego, with an OPS of 1.004.

Toomey, the previous head coach at George Washington College, retired from the Royals a number of years in the past after successful a World Sequence ring with Kansas Metropolis in 2015.

He has keep concerned working with younger gamers in numerous methods and was the pitching coach for DeMatha Catholic in Maryland this previous season.

A latest product of St. John’s to make the Main Leagues was L.J. Hoes, who was drafted out of the varsity by the Orioles in 2008.

Hoes, a right-handed hitter, broke in with the Orioles in 2012 and ended his enjoying profession with Houston in 2015.

St. John’s and DeMatha are each a part of the Washington Catholic Athletic Convention.

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