Niko Goodrum
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers in November of 2017.
Favorite for second-base duties
2BDetroit Tigers
February 5, 2019
Goodrum will enter Detroit's spring camp as the clear frontrunner for the starting second base job, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Goodrum entered last spring as a non-roster invitee with limited expectations but secured his spot on the Opening Day roster largely on the strength of his positional versatility. Manager Ron Gardenhire made ample use of Goodrum's ability to bounce around the infield and outfield, deploying the switch-hitting 26-year-old at least once at every position except for pitcher, catcher and center field over the course of the season. With the Tigers moving on from their primary option at the keystone in 2018 (Dixon Machado) and bringing in no second basemen of note this offseason, Goodrum should solidify his spot atop the depth chart so long as he doesn't totally flop in Grapefruit League play. Goodrum's swing-and-miss ways (27.8 percent career strikeout rate in the majors) make him a batting-average risk, but he showed an appealing power/speed combination when given steady at-bats last season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2017
Even Split
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .757 138 12 1 6 6 .290 .362 .395
Since 2016vs Right .715 372 44 15 47 6 .220 .288 .427
2018vs Left .783 132 12 1 6 6 .303 .371 .412
2018vs Right .734 360 43 15 47 6 .225 .294 .440
2017vs Left .167 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
2017vs Right .167 12 1 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+214%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .748 236 27 8 25 4 .248 .314 .435
Since 2016Away .708 274 29 8 28 8 .231 .303 .405
2018Home .763 229 27 8 25 4 .251 .319 .444
2018Away .734 263 28 8 28 8 .241 .312 .422
2017Home .286 7 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143
2017Away .091 11 1 0 0 0 .000 .091 .000
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
8.5%
 
K Rate
26.8%
 
BABIP
.312
 
ISO
.187
 
AVG
.245
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.432
 
OPS
.747
 
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2014 Fantasy Outlook
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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Drives in three against Brewers
2BDetroit Tigers
September 29, 2018
Goodrum went 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple and three RBI in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers.
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Enjoys three-hit day in return
2BDetroit Tigers
September 22, 2018
Goodrum went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in a victory over the Royals on Saturday.
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Returns to starting nine
2BDetroit Tigers
September 22, 2018
Goodrum (quadriceps) will bat fifth and play second base Saturday against the Royals, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Fares well during workout
2BDetroit Tigers
Quadriceps
September 22, 2018
Goodrum (quadriceps) felt good during agility and sprint work prior to Saturday's game against the Royals, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Hoping to return Saturday
2BDetroit Tigers
Quadriceps
September 20, 2018
Goodrum (quadriceps) is hoping to return Saturday against the Royals, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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