Alex Wood is a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who is currently with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pitcher. He made it to the MLB in the year 2012 after he was chosen by the Atlanta Braves. Before he made it all the way to the MLB, Wood had surely paid his dues with a great college career which he achieved with the Georgia Bulldogs baseball team. After his selection in 2012, the big shot has gone on to impress and make good records while at it. Here is a break down of how far he has gone and how he achieved it.
Alex Wood’s Biography
The Dodgers man was born Robert Alexander Wood on January 12, 1991, in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was raised by his parents, Richard Wood and Carol Wood. Having started playing quite early, it was his mother who drove him to all of his practices and games and she remained ever supportive whether he performed or not. His father was just as supportive but gives his positive reinforcements only when his son has done exceptionally well.
His mother was raised in an athletic family as a daughter of a former basketballer. Even though she knew close to nothing about baseball until she realized that at an early age her son had a passion for it, she would come to make it one of the most important things in her life and even learn almost all the basics in order to help her son succeed.
Wood attended the Ardrey Kell High School where he was a part of the school’s baseball team. In 2012, the Charlotte native was named the North Carolina Class 4A player of the year. After graduating, Wood went to the University of Georgia where he continued playing the sports he had always loved for the Georgia Bulldogs baseball team.
He did not get to play in his first year in college as a result of an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction following his senior season in high school.
In 2012, he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the Major League Baseball draft. Soon afterward, he got to begin his professional career in the minor league in the Class A South Atlantic League for the Rome Braves. Next, he went to play for the Mississippi Braves of the Class AA Southern League in 2013.
Just 2 months down the line, he gained promotion to the Major League and made his debut on the same night of the promotion with his family eagerly watching him play against the Toronto Blue Jays in a match that saw him pitching the ninth inning.
He continued playing for the Braves until 2015 when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-team deal that also involved Miami Marlins. With the Dodgers, he continued his play in good form, making the all-star team in 2017.
Alex Wood has been a significant player for the Dodgers since making the move there. In 2018, he was given a contract of 1 year which sees him taking home $6 million in salary to avoid salary arbitration. In the year before that, he was paid $2.8 million.
Wife and Family
The greatest gift life has given to Alex Wood is his mother, Carol Wood in particular and his family as a whole. This is because of how very supportive they have been from his childhood until he went pro.
In November 2017, the MLB pitcher got married to Suzanna Villarreal. The two met through a mutual friend at a pizza place in Athens Georgia. At the time both Alex and Suzanna Villarreal were students of the University of Georgia. Shortly after they were introduced, Alex handed a piece of pizza to the woman who would later become his wife. From then on, they became casual friends but were never really close.
A few years later, Suzanna was living in Atlanta when Alex signed for the Atlanta Braves. The two lived less than a mile away with neither knowing until Wood found out on Instagram that she was also in Atlanta, and he asked her to dinner. By their next date, they began a relationship.
Three years after they began dating, Alex was down on one knee and Suzanna Villarreal said yes. In 2017, the couple tied the knot in Dacula, Georgia.
Height and Weight
The Dodgers pitcher is not just a good-looking man, he is also one who has a good height and an athletic build. He stands at a massive height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and has a body weight of 215 lbs.