Chicago Cubs: A history of pitchers who could swing the bat
Chicago Cubs: He started, he came out of the pen, he played left field and he could hit.
Travis Wood had an exciting career. As a Cub, he was rewarded an All-Star nod in 2013 and won a World Series in 2016, all while having several roles on the team between being a starter or long reliever. Regardless of his primary role, he was always well known for being able to hit.
As a Cub, he slashed .197/.230/.324 with a .554 OPS, seven home runs, 25 RBI and 1.8 offensive bWAR. One of these greatest highlights was him hitting a grand slam against the White Sox on May 30th, 2013, at Wrigley Field. He arguably topped that in the 2016 NLDS when he hit a solo shot off George Kontos after coming in to relieve Kyle Hendricks.
His best season as a hitter came in 2014 when he slashed .232/.271/.429 with a .700 OPS, three home runs and a career-high 10 RBI. From 2012-2014 he put up a cumulative .614 OPS when he got the most at-bats as a starter. Wood finished his career with 11 home runs and 55 hits.