#3 Hitter: Max Wood, Staunton

Max Wood Central Florida 2017

Our #3 hitter, Max Wood, was one of the most consistent hitters in the 2017 Valley League season. He started his season going 2-4 on June 10th, went 0-for his next seven, but then proceeded to get a hit in 27 of his last 29 games. This included ending his season on a 23-game hitting streak (including his two playoff games). While not the longest in history, he surely came close (at least two players had streaks of 25 games), and had the longest hitting streak in the 2017 season. He also had 18 multi-hit games to boot.

Let’s take a look at his overall stats in his regular season and playoffs:

VBL G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2017 31 123 33 48 12 1 5 21 14 19 8 2 0.390 0.457 0.626
Play 2 8 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0.375 0.444 0.500

It should come as no surprise that Max was named first team All-Valley in the outfield with numbers like these. Overall, he finished 3rd in the league in batting average, 2nd in OPS, 3rd in OBP, 3rd in slugging percentage, 4th in total bases, tied for 3rd in home runs, 3rd in doubles, 10th in hits, and 7th in runs. He finished in the top 5 in 7 different categories!

His best game was probably on June 30th at Covington, when he was on base 6 times. He went 3-3, with a triple, home run, 3 walks, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs. The Braves won the game, 9-4.

Max’s performance caught the eyes of Perfect Game, too, as they named him the #7 prospect in the league.

Max has had a bit of an odd road to get here. Here are his first two years in college, at San Jacinto, and his 2017 season at Central Florida:

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2015 51 139 41 46 5 2 6 41 15 15 13 2 0.331 0.406 0.525
2016 63 205 44 76 8 0 7 50 17 42 14 6 0.371 0.441 0.512
2017 23 23 3 3 0 0 0 4 2 9 0 0 0.130 0.222 0.130

He was named first team All-Conference in 2016 at San Jacinto, but then obviously had trouble breaking into CF’s lineup the next year. Pinch hitting is a tough gig, and Max went 3-23 in that role. With the summer he’s had, though, Max has proven that he’s a dynamic player, and hopefully will get more at-bats in his senior year!

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