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Re: Follow The Prospects: Brian Goodwin, CF
« Reply #175: February 05, 2013, 01:46:10 PM »
From ESPN 100 Top Prospects:

Goodwin was a potential first-rounder out of high school, went to UNC, played like a future top-10 pick, was suspended for his sophomore year, and transferred to Miami-Dade Junior College where he played just poorly enough to slide to Washington in the sandwich round -- much to the Nats' joy, I imagine, given how he's turned out.

He has recovered from the one-year aberration, showing the plus-plus speed, quick bat, and surprising power that he displayed in his one year at Chapel Hill. Goodwin isn't big but generates that power mostly with bat speed, getting enough rotation to put some loft into his swing, although it might translate more as doubles/triples power in the majors. He's a 65 to 70 runner (on the 20-80 scouting scale) whose speed translate more in the field or underway than home to first, with plenty of arm for center.

The concern with Goodwin is the hit tool, specifically related to making contact, as his swing can get long and his recognition of off-speed isn't great; he punched out in nearly a third of his Double-A at-bats (after a two-level jump) and did the same in the Arizona Fall League. There's some Mike Cameron potential here, with defense, speed, and OBP, but with more doubles and fewer homers.