Dec
20

Prospect Profile: Nick Goody

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Nick Goody | RHP

Background
A Florida kid from Orlando, Goody both pitched and played shortstop at University High School. He wasn’t much of a pro prospect as a prep player and subsequently went undrafted in 2009. Goody pitched for the State College of Florida at Manatee-Sarasota in 2010 and allowed eight runs in 19.2 innings with a 22/7 K/BB as a freshman reliever. Since he was attending a two-year school, Goody was draft-eligible in 2010, though MLB teams against passed and he went undrafted.

After a stint in the Florida Collegiate Summer League, Goody dominated as a sophomore starter with the Manatees. He led the team in innings (84), strikeouts (114), and ERA (1.29) while allowing 47 hits and walking 33 batters. The performance earned him Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year and JuCo All-American honors. Baseball America (subs. req’d) ranked Goody as the 64th best prospect in Florida prior to the 2001 draft, and the Yankees selected him in the 22nd round (689th overall) that year. He did not sign and instead transferred to Louisiana State for his junior season.

Goody stepped right in as the Tigers’ closer this spring, pitching to a 2.67 ERA with a stellar 45/4 K/BB (!) in 33.2 innings. He helped LSU to the SEC Championship. Baseball America ranked Goody as the 239th best prospect in the draft this summer, and that’s pretty much exactly where the Yankees drafted him — in the sixth round and 217th overall. He signed relatively quickly for a slightly-below-slot $140k bonus.

Pro Debut
The Yankees assigned Goody to Short Season Staten Island after signing, but he wasn’t there very long. After striking out five in 3.1 innings across three appearances, the team bumped him up to Low-A Charleston. He struck out 40 while walking just seven in 24.2 innings with the River Dogs, earning him another promotion. This time he went to High-A Tampa.

Goody finished the season with Tampa, where he struck out seven in four innings spread across three appearances. All told, he pitched to a 1.12 ERA with 52 strikeouts (14.6 K/9 and 7.3 K%) and nine walks (2.5 BB/9 and 42.3 BB%) in 32 innings after turning pro this summer. Between college and pro ball, Goody posted a 97/13 K/BB in 65.2 innings in 2012.

Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 lbs., Goody has a classic relief profile. His fastball sits in the 91-94 mph range and he backs it up with a hard, late-breaking slider. He hides the ball well by briefly turning his back to the batter during his delivery, and as those walk rates suggests, he’s very aggressive in the zone and throws a lot of strikes. Goody does not have any kind of meaningful third pitch and won’t need one in relief. There is some okay-at-best video at YouTube.

2013 Outlook
Goody figures to move very quickly as an advanced college reliever, and he’ll presumably open the season back at High-A with a midseason promotion in the cards if he stays healthy. A cameo with Triple-A Scranton at the end of the season would not be surprising.

My Take
I jumped on the Goody bandwagon soon after the draft and, at the moment, I consider him the team’s second best relief prospect behind Mark Montgomery. He has good velocity, he misses bats with an out-pitch breaking ball, he throws strikes … what’s not to like? Goody wasn’t exactly a great scouting find since he was the closer at a major college program, but he’s a great value in the sixth round (especially at a below-slot bonus) in an age where MLB is trying to cut down on draft spending. He and Montgomery are already looking like important cogs in the future of the Yankees’ bullpen.

Categories : Prospect Profiles

43 Comments»

  1. JW says:

    So, Mike, do you rate him behind Montgomery just because he’s a little further away? Similar floors/ceilings?

  2. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    3 Prospect Profiles in a week? Great job, Mike.

    Love Goody as a prospect. You have to love the depth of relief prospects in the minor leagues for the Yankees.

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    #erection

  4. Black Whirlwind says:

    Nice write-up. Hopefully we get to see him hit the big stage.

  5. CTRob says:

    Thanks for the write up. I’ve seen his name once or twice but this is the first I’ve ever read about the kid.

  6. Phil says:

    Where is Chase Whitley and Brandon Pinder rate in comparison to Montgomery and Goody?

  7. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    Mike, do you consider Betances a reliever at this point too?

  8. Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

    Sounds like an exciting young kid. Hopefully he puts it all together and we see him in the Bronx for a David Robertson role.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I think someone just broke a hole in spacetime continuum.

      I assume my statute of limitations on this screen name has legally expired. It’s all yours. Take good care of it and honor it as it should be honored.

  9. Ted Nelson says:

    A cheap, effective BP is one key to 189, IMO.

    • jjyank says:

      Of course. I have a lot of confidence in that happening, as well. The front office has proved to be very good at doing just that of late. Mo and Soriano are exceptions of course, but Mo is Mo and I’m willing to let the Randy Levine thing with Soriano slide when considering the overall track record.

    • Jersey Joe says:

      Indeed. A BP of

      CL: Robertson
      Eppley
      Cabral
      Montgomery
      Goody
      LR: Joba
      Solid FA signing, SU guy

      would be effective IMO

  10. A.D. says:

    Given where reliever salaries have been going despite their volatility a solid pipeline of bullpen arms is going to be a good resource. Now if only the Yankees could have development success with other areas.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’s always a good resource. It seems like someone is always willing to overpay, both money and tradewise, for fungible middle relief.

      The #1 reason why I’d make a frustrating GM is that I’d throw cheap bullpen crap at the wall all the time until something stuck.

      Also, why this would be a good time to trade Boone Logan, part 12.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      If only they’d developed guys like Cano, Gardner, AJax, Montero, Nova, Hughes, IPK…

  11. Jersey Joe says:

    Could the Yankees bring back Soriano for 1 year $15 mil? If there’s no market, then at least he could return to familiar place and rebuild value again.

  12. Jersey Joe says:

    Not trying to be greedy about prospect profiles, but I’ve been looking at Ben Gamel. Who is a current MLB best-case and worst-case scenario.

  13. Raza says:

    Speaking of relief prospects, one of my favorites is Tommy Kahnle. I think he has one of the most talented arms in the system. Plus he cut down on his BB-rates last season.

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