TRAVERSE CITY — Scott Woodward’s 2011 season was derailed by injuries and 2012 didn’t happen due to them.
So far, 2013 looks like he’ll be hurting a lot of Frontier League teams.
The Traverse City Beach Bums center fielder — who is mostly deaf — has already produced four runs, two RBIs, three steals and three walks through four games.
TC manager Gregg Langbehn said Woodward’s tenacious style on the field is one trait he really likes.
“He plays hard,” Langbehn said. “That’s what he does. I don’t want to call it reckless abandon, but he’s all out all the time. I guess I can see why he got injured in the past. But I’d rather have a guy that does that than one where you can never get it out of him.”
Woodward left the game Tuesday after he was the final out of the sixth inning on a close collision at the plate. He lunged and tried to reach underneath catcher John Nester for the plate.
Langbehn said Woodward got the wind knocked out of him so he replaced him in center with Matt Howard the following inning.
Getting through a season is one of the biggest things for Woodward.
When healthy, he definitely produces. In four seasons at Coastal Carolina, the was in the top 10 in the NCAA in steals.
He was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011, and lasted 31 games at rookie ball before suffering a season-ending elbow injury.
“I was playing outfield and then on one throw I felt it pop,” Woodward said of his elbow. “I tried another (throw) and it just didn’t go anywhere.”
In Beach Bums fans’ first glimpse of him Tuesday, Woodward was 3 for 4 with a double, a run and an RBI to lift his average to .500 for the season.