Goodwin Selected for Major League Baseball Draft
Brian Goodwin was selected 34th overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.—GREGORY CASTILLO / THE REPORTER
Miami Dade College center fielder, Brian Goodwin, has often heard that he has all the intangibles to succeed at the next level.
The Washington Nationals agree. Goodwin, a six foot, 190-pound speedster, was selected by the Nationals with the first pick in the compensatory round, 34th overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball’s Amateur draft on June 7.
“Well, I am just excited, my heart kind of stopped for a minute, it felt unreal, but then I realized that all the hard work had paid off,” Goodwin said.
This is Goodwin’s second shot at the big leagues.
In 2009 he was selected in the 17th round (523rd overall) of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox, but instead chose to play for the University of North Carolina.
During his stay at UNC, Goodwin put up respectable numbers. He started 60 games, batting .291 with 47 runs, 63 RBI and seven home runs and seven stolen bases. He was also named to the Louisville slugger freshman All-America team.
But then things got bumpy. After the 2010 season at UNC, he was suspended for violating a school policy, according to an official statement released by Dave Schmidt , the assistant director of Athletic Communications for UNC.
“I can’t get into details of that, there was an issue where there was a violation of policy and they just disciplined me the way they thought was necessary,” Goodwin said.
Goodwin rebounded at MDC.
The 20-year-old had a .382 slugging percentage, adding 37 RB eight home runs, and scoring 42 runs for the Sharks this season. He also stole 16 bases in 18 attempts.
“I spoke to him last night and he was very excited, he is a unique talent with a combination of power, hitting and speed,” said MDC Head Coach Danny Price. “You place all those tools together and you become a high draft choice.”
According to Price, Goodwin will now choose between playing for the Nationals or opting to accept a scholarship offer to the University of South Carolina.
The Rocky Mount native said he has not bothered to think about his decison, but if everything works out he’s prepared to play for the Nationals.
Goodwin must make his decision by early August.
In a press released sent to The Washington Post by the Nationals, General Manager Mike Rizzo described Goodwin as a plus-plus runner and defensive weapon.
“He’s a guy with five tools, a table setter with some power and has the ability to lead off,” Rizzo said.
Goodwin, who graduated from Rocky Mount High School led his high school to a 2008 North Carolina 3-A state title and was named the MVP of the tournament.
He was rated the nation’s No.10 prep prospect by Baseball America in the Fall of 2008, earning the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year award as a senior.
“ I can’t wait to start playing,” Goodwin said. “This is a start of a new journey.”
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