Wood, Rodland Texas League All-Stars

Wood, Rodland Texas League All-Stars

When the Texas League All-Star Game comes to Little Rock on Tuesday, June 20, two players will look very familiar to the home crowd. Second baseman Eric Rodland and shortstop Brandon Wood - who will serve as the designated hitter - will be in the starting lineup for the north team.

Brandon Wood, who led all of minor league baseball in home runs and extra-base hits last season, has a .292 average and is tied for third in the Texas League with 13 homers this season. He is first on the circuit with 21 doubles and 34 extra-base hits and is among leaders slugging percentage and RBIs.

The 21-year-old was taken in the first round of the 2003 draft and had amassed a .531 slugging percentage coming into the season. The selection marks his second consecutive appearance in his league's all-star game.

Eric Rodland's name may not be nearly as recognizable to most Angels fans, but he has put up a very impressive year in his first season in the organization. Selected from the Tigers system in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, the second baseman has a .322 average, good for fifth in the league.

Rodland leads the Travelers with a .397 on-base percentage and has scored 27 runs for the club. He was originally drafted by Detroit out of Gonzaga University in the ninth round of the 2003 First Year Player Draft. In three seasons entering this year, he had a .284 average.

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