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MLB Draft 2012: Braves Select LHP Alex Wood From UGA In Second Round

The second round of the 2012 MLB Draft is underway on Tuesday. The Atlanta Braves have made their second-round selection and true to form, they used their pick to take a local player. The Braves selected left-handed pitcher Alex Wood, a junior with the Georgia Bulldogs.

The 6'4 lefty has had success in the SEC with his good size and velocity. He is said to have a plus fastball in the mid-90s and a curve and changeup that could prove to be major-league strikeout pitches with some more years of work.

The Braves will be hoping that with a few seasons in the minors to improve his secondary pitches and command, Wood could prove to slide into a future Braves rotation.

Read more about the Atlanta Braves at Talking Chop and head over to Baseball Nation for additional news, notes and analysis around Major League Baseball. Check out Minor League Ball to see how some of these prospects develop in their quest to the major leagues.

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