Niko Goodrum

Niko Goodrum

30-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Houston Astros
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Goodrum had his 2021 season derailed by both calf and groin injuries, which limited him to just 325 plate appearances. Even when he was on the field, Goodrum struggled to make a meaningful impact in large part due to a 33 K% and .292 on-base percentage. The end result was an unceremonious end to Goodrum's tenure in Detroit when he was outrighted off the 40-man roster in mid-November. His potential to latch on elsewhere is in question due to his lack of plate skills. Even so, his ability to be both versatile - he played at least one game at five different positions in 2021 - and capable (86th percentile outs above average) with the glove could make him an attractive option for a club to add on a veteran minimum or minor-league deal. If he can find a semi-regular role, Goodrum still shows some power potential (10.3% barrel rate in 2021) and plenty of speed (85th percentile sprint speed). He signed a one-year deal with Houston could be in the mix at shortstop should Carlos Correa sign elsewhere, though Jeremy Pena is the favorite to start to open spring training. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#571
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Astros in March of 2022.
Optioned to Triple-A
SSHouston Astros  AAA
May 15, 2022
Goodrum was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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He struck out 23 times over his last 45 plate appearances. Mauricio Dubon will replace Goodrum as a bench option going forward.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
5
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+46%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+186%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+121%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .791 153 20 4 17 8 .274 .346 .444
Since 2020vs Right .540 392 36 10 37 14 .168 .245 .295
2022vs Left .125 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2022vs Right .357 37 2 0 1 1 .139 .162 .194
2021vs Left .741 108 14 2 10 6 .274 .352 .389
2021vs Right .606 217 25 7 23 8 .185 .263 .344
2020vs Left 1.075 37 6 2 7 2 .333 .378 .697
2020vs Right .487 138 9 3 13 5 .149 .239 .248
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .538 257 31 3 19 10 .180 .257 .281
Since 2020Away .674 288 25 11 35 12 .212 .288 .386
2022Home .000 13 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2022Away .452 32 2 0 1 1 .167 .219 .233
2021Home .571 149 22 1 9 6 .197 .275 .295
2021Away .718 176 17 8 24 8 .228 .307 .411
2020Home .564 95 9 2 10 4 .181 .263 .301
2020Away .669 80 6 3 10 3 .197 .275 .394
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Stat Review
How does Niko Goodrum compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a batter in feet per second.
BB/K
0.09
 
BB Rate
4.4%
 
K Rate
51.1%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.047
 
AVG
.116
 
OBP
.156
 
SLG
.163
 
OPS
.318
 
wOBA
.146
 
Exit Velocity
74.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
Sprint Speed
23.3
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Goodrum remained an everyday player with the Tigers in 2020 -- even hitting atop the order regularly -- due to both to the quality and versatility of his glove. He was able to score 15 runs and steal seven bases across 43 games in an abbreviated campaign that was made even shorter due to an oblique injury. Whether Goodrum will be able to maintain a premium lineup position in 2021 remains unclear, yet such a spot is vital to his value given his lack of power. New manager AJ Hinch noted Goodrum's defensive value but also elaborated that there are a number of tweaks Goodrum must make at the plate to become more effective. Undoubtedly, Goodrum will have to improve on his 61 wRC+ and near 40% strikeout rate to remain a member of the lineup. The Tigers may also look to accelerate their rebuild by signing one or more notable free-agent bats -- another factor that could threaten Goodrum's role on the team.
While Goodrum won't be a contributor when Detroit is a contender, he's been passable roster filler, useful because he can play everywhere. Actually, that not only describes his value to the Tigers, but also his fantasy worth. Goodrum repeated 2018's numbers almost to a tee, gaining eligibility at all spots but catcher and third base. While this flexibility doesn't increase Goodrum's raw value, it does facilitate starting the most productive lineup, so he has ancillary value. At the plate, Goodrum's crutch is contact. He doesn't chase excessively and is fairly selective; Goodrum just swings and misses a lot. This could improve but is more likely to persist. Eventually, the Tigers will have better options, but for now, he looks to continue along the same path, playing all over, compiling all four counting stats with a low average. In deeper mixed formats, Goodrum is a nice late pick to aid roster flexibility.
In what was a bleak year for the Tigers, Goodrum was a relative bright spot. Inked to a minor-league contract last winter, Goodrum impressed enough in camp to crack the Opening Day roster. He saw only sporadic at-bats initially but was playing every day by June and ended up finishing top three on the team in runs, home runs and stolen bases. The switch hitter did most of his damage from the left side of the plate, slashing .303/.371/.412 against left-handed pitching compared to just .225/.294/.440 against righties. Goodrum walked at a solid 8.5% clip but gave a lot of that real-world value back by failing to put the ball in play in more than a quarter of his plate appearances (26.8 K%). He may not be a particularly good player, but this is fantasy, not reality, and opportunity drives value in our game. It looks like Goodrum will have a chance to play regularly for the rebuilding Tigers to start the year.
Goodrum, the Twins' 2010 second-round draft pick, got off to a fast start at Low-A Cedar Rapids by hitting .280/.392/.401, before he suffered a concussion on Jun. 3. He returned two weeks later but hit just .251/.347/.353 the rest of the season. He'll need more power to succeed at higher levels but has a good OBP, drawing 60 walks in 385 at-bats. He's seen as a raw but excellent overall athlete with a strong arm and good speed (20 stolen bases last season). His walk rate makes him an intriguing prospect, and he may develop more power. Given Minnesota's lack of high upside infield prospects, he could advance rapidly, if he improves at High-A in 2014.
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Walks, swipes bag
SSHouston Astros  AAA
May 12, 2022
Goodrum went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in a 5-0 win Thursday in Minnesota.
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Enters in fifth inning
SSHouston Astros  AAA
May 4, 2022
Goodrum went 0-for-2 with a strikeout Wednesday against the Mariners.
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Drives in first run
SSHouston Astros  AAA
May 2, 2022
Goodrum went 2-for-3 with an RBI double on Sunday against Toronto.
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Headed for more opportunities
SSHouston Astros  AAA
April 22, 2022
Goodrum is likely to see additional starts at second base with Jose Altuve (hamstring) on the injured list, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Playing time hard to come by
SSHouston Astros  AAA
April 18, 2022
Goodrum remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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