Nationals' Prospect Brian Goodwin Homers In AFL Action; Baseball America's Nats' Top 10?

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Brian Goodwin was 1 for 5 in AFL action on Thursday, putting the Mesa Solar Sox up 2-1 in what ended up a 7-3 win. Goodwin reportedly landed third on Baseball America's list of the Washington Nationals' top prospects. Who was no.1 on the list?

Brian Goodwin was the only Washington Nationals' prospect in action in the Arizona Fall League on Thursday night. Goodwin, 22, was also, according to Lacy Lusk, the Washington Nationals correspondent for Baseball America and minor league writer/copy editor at the Washington Post, named the third-best prospect in the organization on BA's latest Top 10 Prospects list:

Goodwin, the Nationals' 2011 1st Round pick, currently sits atop MLB.com's list of the Nats' top prospects. At Double-A Harrisburg this season, the center fielder posted a .252/.355/.407 line over 122 games and 533 plate appearances in which he hit 19 doubles, 11 triples and 10 HRs.

Out in Arizona for his second stint in the AFL, Goodwin is 17 for 56 (.304/.339/.411) with three doubles and one home run in 13 games after going 1 for 5 with his first home run in AFL action a two-run blast this afternoon that put the Mesa Solar Sox up 2-1 in the sixth inning of what ended up a 7-3 Sox' win.

Goodwin was third on Baseball America's list of the Top 10 Prospects last winter as well after a 2012 season in which he posted a combined .280/.384/.469 line with 26 doubles, two triples and 14 HRs in 100 games and 452 plate appearances between Low-A Hagerstown and Double-A, though he had a .223/.306/.373 line in his first 42 games with the Senators after he moved up to the Nats' Eastern League affiliate.

The Nationals' top outfield prospect will represent the organization in this Saturday's AFL Fall Stars Game, which is being broadcast on the MLB Network.

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