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Former Pine-Richland/Penn State Catcher Matt Wood Drafted By Milwaukee Brewers

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The WPIAL has another former star selected high in the 2022 MLB Baseball Draft.

A day after North Allegheny shortstop Cole Young was drafted in the 1st round by the Seattle Mariners, former Pine-Richland graduate Matt Wood heard his name called on Day 2 of the Draft.

Wood, who developed into one of the Big Ten’s best players and the heartbeat of Penn State baseball, has been rewarded for his work by getting drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers drafted Wood in the fourth round (pick 132) of this year’s MLB Draft, following a fantastic senior season for the Pine-Richland High School graduate. Wood led the Big Ten in hitting in the regular season and finished second overall after postseason play with a .379 average. He also led Penn State in home runs (12) and RBI (53) and his 1.147 OPS was the second highest in the Big Ten.

Wood spearheaded a season of progress for Penn State baseball, leading the team to its first Big Ten tournament appearance since 2012 and first tournament win since 2008.

Wood joins the recent list of former WPIAL standouts that have been selected in the MLB Draft over the last few years- Will Bednar (1st Round/Mars/San Francisco Giants), Austin Hendrick (1st Round/West Allegheny/Cincinnati Reds), Brendan McKay (1st Round/Blackhawk/Tampa Bay Rays), Alex Kirilloff (1st Round/Plum/Minnesota Twins) and Ian Happ (1st Round/Mt. Lebanon/Chicago Cubs).

Wood got his young baseball career started and developed by the Pittsburgh Diamond Dawgs organization.

From Diamond Dawgs to Penn State, The Matt Wood Story

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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