By Jason Shetler
According to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, third baseman Eric Wood is playing the outfield in the Instructional League and will be playing the position during the Arizona Fall League in October.
Wood has been in the Pirates organization since 2012 after being chosen as a sixth round selection out of Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. A native of Ontario, Canada, Wood developed consistent power in 2016 by hitting 16 home runs. He also made significant strides with his defensive play at third base this year, as his fielding percentage was a 32% improvement compared to the four seasons prior. During his time in the system, Wood has been exclusively a third baseman. His path to the Majors will likely be in a utility role, so having him learn the outfield for both Instructs and the AFL is a good opportunity to add some versatility.