The Team of the 2010s: OF Brian Goodwin

Photo courtesy Will Bentzel / Harrisburg Senators

Brian Goodwin (2012-13, 2015, 2018) – .236/.324/.375, 282 G, 161 R, 103 RBI, 44 2B, 16 3B, 24 HR, 38 SB)

About halfway through Goodwin’s 2013 season, I think I finally figured out the outfielder. His whole time in Harrisburg over the previous two seasons I had thought of Goodwin as a leadoff hitter and all the expectations that come from that.

That was my mistake.

Gone was my frustration with his lack of bunting for base hits. Gone was my frustration with his poor leads and propensity for getting picked off. Despite the speed, I fooled myself into thinking of Goodwin in that role with the Senators. Just look at what he was able to do batting in the 2-hole behind Billy Burns in the batting order when Goodwin posted a .872 OPS with nine extra-base hits and 13 walks.

Double-A proved to be a big learning curve for Goodwin. The Nationals had the highly regarded prospect jump from Hagerstown to Harrisburg skipping Potomac in the process. He struggled at the plate and on routes to fly balls, but he drew walks from the leadoff spot and he has surprising pop in his bat.

At times, it appears Goodwin was patient for the sake of being patient or just waiting for his perfect pitch. Which is great thing if he can gain leverage in the count against the pitcher, but if he falls behind it was a huge uphill battle for the outfielder.

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