Brian Goodwin
Brian Goodwin
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Goodwin began the season at Triple-A Syracuse where he was slashing a middling .256/.327/.367 when he was summoned on May 8. Initially, Goodwin played sparingly, backing up Michael A. Taylor who took over in center field after Adam Eaton was lost for the season. In mid-June, Goodwin took over for the injured Jayson Werth, not missing a game between June 20 and August 13, when he was put on the disabled list for the duration of the season with a groin injury. When healthy, Goodwin exhibited some pop, slugging a robust .498, including 21 doubles and 13 homers in 278 plate appearances. In general, Goodwin looked more comfortable than his cup of coffee in 2016, fanning an acceptable 25 percent of the time with a reasonable 8.3 percent walk rate. With Eaton back, and Taylor worthy of regular playing time, Goodwin is earmarked for backup duty. However, Eaton, Taylor and Bryce Harper aren’t known for their durability, making Goodwin an intriguing endgame play in NL-only. Read Past Outlooks
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Smacks grand slam in loss
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September 28, 2018
Goodwin went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Friday's loss to the Indians.
Goodwin connected on a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Royals still suffered a 14-6 loss to the Indians. Goodwin doesn't carry much fantasy relevance with his .238/.318/.391 slash line, six home runs and 25 RBI over 171 plate appearances thus far in 2018.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .878 82 11 3 7 4 .275 .370 .507
Since 2016vs Right .749 420 51 16 53 6 .245 .305 .444
2018vs Left .643 29 2 1 2 2 .143 .357 .286
2018vs Right .717 151 18 5 23 2 .254 .311 .406
2017vs Left 1.001 49 9 2 5 2 .341 .388 .614
2017vs Right .770 229 32 11 25 4 .232 .297 .473
2016vs Left .750 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
2016vs Right .746 40 1 0 5 0 .289 .325 .421
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Since 2016Home .835 259 36 11 30 5 .270 .341 .494
Since 2016Away .699 243 26 8 30 5 .228 .288 .411
2018Home .710 88 12 2 9 3 .247 .333 .377
2018Away .707 92 8 4 16 1 .232 .304 .402
2017Home .967 141 24 9 18 2 .299 .369 .598
2017Away .651 137 17 4 12 4 .202 .255 .395
2016Home .578 30 0 0 3 0 .207 .233 .345
2016Away 1.115 14 1 0 2 0 .462 .500 .615
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Things really seemed to click for Goodwin following the 2015 season, when he batted .316 in 154 plate appearances over 35 games in the Venezuelan Winter League. He then followed that up with a strong campaign back in the states, slashing .280/.349/.438 in 492 plate appearances over 119 games with Triple-A Syracuse before earning a promotion to the big leagues in the fall, where he batted .286 in 44 plate appearances. That batting average can essentially be thrown out altogether, as it was accompanied by a .429 BABIP and 31.8 percent strikeout rate. Additionally, he had been a below league-average hitter at Triple-A in 2014 (92 wRC+) and at Double-A in 2015 (81 wRC+), so the fact that he finally succeeded against upper-level minor league pitching last season may have had more to do with his age (25) than anything else. He will compete with Michael Taylor and Chris Heisey for a bench role, and is likely to open 2017 back at Triple-A.
Goodwin struggled through a tough season at Triple-A, and couldn't repeat the gains he had seemingly made at the plate the year before. Injuries limited him to 81 games, which didn't help, but based on who they called up when needed, it looks like the Nationals now view Michael Taylor as the more viable long-term option for the organization in center field. Don't write off Goodwin just yet, though. His package of tools is as impressive as any player in the organization, and when he's got everything working he can display power, speed, plate discipline and solid defense, a profile which is more than major-league quality. A return engagement at Syracuse, and a chance to prove that he can take that next step in his development, will be crucial for his future. If the 24-year-old picks himself up, he'll be right back in the Nats' plans. If not, he could be stuck for a while in the Triple-A wilderness.
Goodwin is still a work in progress, but there were some very encouraging signs in last season's performance. He maintained a strong walk rate, while beginning to tap into his power potential, and although his 121 strikeouts in 457 at-bats look bad, it was actually an improvement over his 2012 rate at Double-A. He'll likely always struggle to hit for a great batting average, but otherwise, he has every tool you could want in a center fielder. The Nationals don't have a problem promoting prospects when the organization feels they're ready, so if Goodwin finally pieces it all together, Denard Span could become expendable in a hurry.
Goodwin's pro debut went as well as the Nationals could have hoped as he torched Low-A pitching before getting jumped two levels (and, admittedly, closing out the year with much less impressive numbers). The club now views the 2011 supplemental pick as their center fielder of the future, and it's easy to see why given the combination of power, speed, plate discipline and defense he is capable of displaying. There are still questions to be answered in the high minors, and the Nats do not need to rush him, but if he puts together another strong performance he will be knocking on the door of the 25-man roster as a potential fourth outfielder in 2014.
Goodwin was the Nationals' sandwich-round pick in the 2011 draft and is ready to start his pro career at Low-A or High-A in 2012. There is some debate as to whether he would be best suited at the top or in the lower half of a batting order, but there is no doubt that his bat speed and plate discipline could allow him to develop into an above average hitter. His speed in center field is very impressive, but there are questions about whether he could play the position every day. Don’t expect a trip to Washington until 2014.
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Day off Wednesday
OFKansas City Royals
September 26, 2018
Goodwin will hit the bench Wednesday against the Reds, Mark Sheldon of reports.
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On bench vs. lefty
OFKansas City Royals
September 23, 2018
Goodwin is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Detroit.
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Sits against left-hander
OFKansas City Royals
September 21, 2018
Goodwin is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers.
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Not in lineup Wednesday
OFKansas City Royals
September 19, 2018
Goodwin is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh.
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Situated on bench
OFKansas City Royals
September 13, 2018
Goodwin is not in the lineup Thursday against the Twins, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.
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