Versatility key to Wood's quest for job

Versatility key to Wood's quest for job

Versatility key to Wood's quest for job
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The same versatility Rockies infielder Brandon Wood has displayed his entire big league career was on display in just a matter of innings this week.

Wood, who has played all four infield positions in the Major Leagues, got a look at each of them in Friday's intrasquad scrimmage at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The former first-round Draft pick of the Angels hopes his ability to move around the diamond can earn him a spot with Colorado.

"My goal is to play in the present," Wood said. "I don't look at yesterday or look to tomorrow. I go in and I have a good day and work hard today and go out and play well. My goal is the same as everybody -- you go into big league camp and your goal is to make the team."

While with the Angels' farm system in 2006, Wood was ranked among the top third-base prospects in baseball. He had stints with the Angels from 2008-2011, before being designated for assignment and acquired off waivers by the Pirates last season. The Rockies signed him as a Minor League free agent this offseason.

"This clubhouse is a special clubhouse -- just walking around here with the veteran guys that accept everybody with open arms," Wood said. "If you're in A-ball, Double-A, Triple-A, on a Minor League contract or a 12-year deal, everybody treats you the same and with a level of respect."

He was drafted as a third baseman -- where he's played in 168 games -- but he has also appeared in 82 career games at shortstop, 16 at first base and three at second base. He started at third Friday before moving to shortstop, then second base and finally to first to finish the game.

"It's fun," Wood said. "It keeps you working. It's going to keep you in shape. Every day you have to take ground balls at four positions because you never know when you're going to get that call in the ninth to make a play."