It’s fitting, perhaps, that Brandon Wood’s two-run homer Saturday afternoon came after he missed an earlier opportunity to provide the Royals with a walk-off victory over the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. That sort of sums up his aspirations in camp. Wood’s homer in the 4-2 victory came two pitches after he pulled a similar Jake Brigham curve deep to left but foul. After fouling off a fastball, Brigham tried another curve — and Wood didn’t miss it. “I came around on that first one a little bit,” he said, “so I wanted to stay through the next one.” Wood, 27, is a one-time phenom trying to resurrect his career after signing with the Royals as a minor-league free agent. He was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2003 and ranked by Baseball America as the game’s No. 3 prospect entering the 2006 season.
Wood’s walk-off homer lifts Royals over Rangers
Kansas City Star | Feb 24