"He's got surprising pop in his bat," Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo told reporters after taking Brian Goodwin out of Miami Dade College with the 34th pick of the 2011 Draft. "He's a plus plus runner, plus plus defensive player, we think he can hit at the top of the order and lead off. He's shown a propensity to have a high on base percentage, and he's a guy who's not afraid to take a walk and steal a base. He's your prototypical speedy, defensive, top-of-the-order center field prospect."
Goodwin had a .324/.438/.542 line, 18 doubles and nine home runs in 58 games and 266 PAs with the High-A Potomac Nationals in the regular season in 2012. In 42 games and 186 plate appearances at Double-A Harrisburg, he had a .223/.306/.373 line with eight doubles and five home runs, giving him a .280/.384/.469 line overall on the year in his first full season in the Nats' system which landed him third overall as the top-ranked outfielder on Baseball America's list of Washington's Top 10 Prospects.
In his first trip to the Arizona Fall League last year, the then-21-going-on-22-year-old outfielder had a .238/.340/.475 line with six doubles, two triples and three home runs in 20 games and 94 plate appearances.
In a full year at Double-A in 2013, Goodwin put up a .252/.355/.407 line with 19 doubles, 11 triples, 10 HRs and 19 stolen bases in 30 attempts over 122 games and 457 PAs. As PennLive.com's Senators beat writers Dave Sottile and Geoff Morrow noted in naming Goodwin Harrisburg's MVP, he led the team in runs scored, hits, triples and total bases and finished third in stolen bases as a 22-year-old. Goodwin turns 23 on November 4th.
In the sixth game of his second AFL stint on Saturday night, Goodwin went 1 for 4 with two Ks in an 8-2 loss to the Salt River Rafters. After striking out in his first two at bats, the outfielder, who started in center and led off for the Mesa Solar Sox, singled and stole second before he was stranded in the sixth. A groundout in his final at bat of the game left Goodwin 9 for 26 (.346/.393/.423) with two doubles, a walk, seven Ks and two stolen bases so far this fall.
Goodwin's teammate at Double-A Harrisburg and now in Arizona, Steven Souza, Jr., started in left for the Solar Sox and went 0 for 2 with two walks, two Ks, a stolen base and a run scored. In four games, the 24-year-old outfielder is 4 for 13 with a double, five walks, three Ks and six stolen bases. With the Solar Sox down 1-0 after fellow Nats' prospect Richie Mirowski gave up a run on two hits in the top of the seventh, Souza walked with one out and a runner on third, stole second and scored on a two-out, two-run double by LA Angels' prospect Jett Bandy.
2012 Nats' 7th Round pick Robert Benincasa made Mesa's 2-1 lead hold up through eight innings, but a seven-run top of the ninth lifted the Rafters to an 8-2 win and handed the Solar Sox their second straight loss after a 7-0-1 start to the AFL season.
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