BRIAN GOODWIN, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: November 2, 1990
Drafted: 1st Round, 34th Overall, 2011 (Nationals)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Miami-Dade College (JC)
Agents: Scott Boras
WTM’s PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|The Nationals drafted Goodwin in the supplemental first round as a toolsy outfielder with good hitting potential. He has good but not great speed, and has played a lot in center. Most recently, though, he’s been primarily a corner outfielder, especially in the majors. Overall, he’s probably slightly below average defensively with at least an average arm. Goodwin got off to a fast start in the minors, which led Washington to jump him up to AA in the middle of his first pro season. He spent most of the next three and a half years struggling, until he finally started to hit in 2016. Since then, he’s shown good power with limited on-base skills and weak plate discipline. He’s been slightly better against LHPs than RHPs as a major leaguer. The Pirates signed Goodwin to a minor league contract for 2021 with an invitation to major league spring training.
After he signed too late to play in 2011, the Nats sent Goodwin to low A. He dominated there and Washington moved him all the way up to AA in mid-July. He had more trouble after that. Goodwin played center exclusively. Baseball America rated him third in the Nats’ system after the season.
Goodwin spent the whole season in AA. He didn’t fully adapt, showing less power and struggling badly with LHPs. BA still ranked him third in the system after the season.
Goodwin struggled badly in AAA and his season ended in July when he suffered a torn labrum while sliding into second base. The Nats nevertheless added him to the 40-man roster after the season. BA dropped his ranking to ninth in the system.
Washington demoted Goodwin to AA and he spent the year there. He hit just as badly as he had in AAA. BA ranked him 31st in the Nats’ system after the season.
Back in AAA, Goodwin finally started to hit. The Nats called him up briefly in August and brought him back in September. He played primarily in center in the minors, but saw time in the outfield corners. With the Nats he played primarily in the corners.
Washington sent Goodwin back to AAA to start the season, but called him up in early May when Jayson Werth got hurt. He played more or less regularly, splitting his time between left and center, until he missed last six weeks of the season with a groin strain. Goodwin didn’t do a good job of getting on base but produced very good power.
Goodwin was plagued by injuries. Starting in mid-April, he missed a month and a half with a wrist injury. After he returned, the Nats employed him almost exclusively as a pinch hitter as they already had four other players ahead of him in the outfield. About a week before the trade deadline, the Nats sent Goodwin to Kansas City for a fringe prospect, which seemed a waste. After the trade, Goodwin was out and then on minor league rehab for a month due to a groin strain.
Late in spring training, the Royals traded Goodwin to the Angels. He was the team’s primary left fielder and had a solid season at the plate, characteristically showing marginal on-base skills but hitting for good power.
During the pandemic season, Goodwin played regularly in the outfield corners for the Angels through the end of August. He hit about the same as the previous season. At the end of August, the Angels traded him to the Reds for two decent left-handed pitching prospects. Goodwin struggled in limited action with Cincinnati. The Reds non-tendered him after the season and he became a free agent.
Goodwin is a departure for the Pirates. For years they’ve focused mainly on decent- to good-fielding bench players with little to no hitting ability. Goodwin has generally been a decent hitter with good power. He didn’t have a good spring, though, and lost out to Anthony Alford and Dustin Fowler in the outfield competition, so he’ll head to AAA.
|2021: Minor League Salary
|Signing Bonus: $3,000,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut: 8/6/2016
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: 2023
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: November 20, 2014 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2016, 2017)
MLB Service Time: 4.019
|June 11, 2009: Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 17th round, 523rd overall pick.
June 6, 2011: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the supplemental 1st round, 34th overall pick; signed on August 15.
November 20, 2014: Contract purchased by the Washington Nationals.
July 22, 2018: Traded by the Washington Nationals to the Kansas City Royals for Jacob Condra-Bogan.
March 25, 2019: Placed on release waivers by Kansas City Royals.
March 27, 2019: Claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals by the Los Angeles Angels.
August 31, 2020: Traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the Cincinnati Reds for Packy Naughton and Jose Salvador.
December 2, 2020: Became a free agent.
February 11, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.