ETHAN GOFORTH, CATCHER
Born: June 25, 1997
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 25th Round, 754th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: Carson-Newman College
Agent:

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

Goforth was an all-conference catcher for Carson-Newman.  He was also one of the team’s two best hitters, putting up a 376/483/672 line.  The power was a significant increase from 2018, when he hit 318/394/448.  His home run total went from two to a team-leading 11.  Goforth runs well enough that he stole 15 bases in 19 attempts.  He threw out 33% of base stealers in 2018.  MLB.com lists him as a senior, but he redshirted in his freshman year so he had a year of eligibility remaining.  He signed a week after the draft.

2019
R+:  226/294/371, 62 AB, 3 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB, 19 K, 0-2 SB

The Pirates sent Goforth to Bristol, where he was the backup to Eli Wilson.  At the plate he showed a little power, but his walk and K rates obviously were very bad.  Behind the plate, he looked at times like his receiving could improve, but he threw out 37% of base stealers.

2020
DNP

Goforth seems to have some upside as a power hitter, but needs to make much better contact.  He probably figured to back up at the lower levels, but with the short season teams other than the GCL team being eliminated, it’s hard to see where he’ll be.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round, 754th overall pick; signed on June 13.
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