Pirates Claim Brandon Wood

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have claimed infielder Brandon Wood off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The 26-year-old Wood began the 2011 season with the Angels and went 2-for-14 with a double in six games. He was designated for assignment on Wednesday, April 20.

The right-handed hitting Wood was originally selected by Los Angeles (AL) in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft (23rd pick overall) and made his Major League debut with the Angels in 2007.

Wood was rated by Baseball America as the Angels' top prospect prior to the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He was named the California League MVP and The Sporting News' Minor League Player-of-the-Year in 2005 after batting .321 with a leagueleading 51 doubles, 43 home runs, 115 RBI and 109 runs scored with Rancho Cucamonga.

Wood made LA's Opening Day roster in 2010 and was the club's Opening Day starter at third base. He has played parts of the last five seasons (including 2011) with the Angels and has tallied 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 173 Major League games.

The Pirates have designated infielder Josh Rodriguez for assignment and have recalled infielder Pedro Ciriaco (#3) from Triple-A Indianapolis.

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