Royals Acquire Brian Goodwin from Nationals

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The Royals made a nice depth acquisition on Sunday, as they acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan.

Goodwin, a 27-year old fourth outfielder, has struggled this season to the tune of a .200/.321/.354 batting line, serving as a disappointing follow-up to a strong 2017 season in which he slashed .251/.313/.498 with 13 home runs. While he has drastically improved his walk rate this season, he has also been hitting the ball on the ground almost 20% more than he did last season while his flyball percentage dropped 15%.

He has great speed, and has shown excellent power potential, which permit him to become quite a solid late bloomer breakout with his newfound plate discipline, if he can do it all together. He will be given ample opportunity with his new organization.

Bogan is a 23-year old righty reliever currently pitching in Class-A Advanced. While he was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 32nd round of the draft last season, he never signed and ultimately wound up playing with the Frontier League last season posting a promising 1.17 ERA over 15.1 innings pitched displaying excellent control walking just 1.8 batters per nine innings.

Depth outfielder Brian Goodwin is on his way to Kansas City, as the Royals acquired the former National for a minor-league reliever.Click To Tweet

He was signed by the Royals over the offseason and has continued his strong performance posting a 3.00 ERA over 27 innings pitched with an impressive 13.3 K/9 and a 1.0 BB/9. While he could have some difficulty as he rises through the system, there’s nothing that suggests that he can’t be a reliable mainstay middle reliever.

At this juncture, I don’t see a clear winner. The Royals received a decent outfielder to eat up at-bats, with the potential to become a very solid major leaguer with an extended major league trial and ample opportunity to hone his tools, while the Nationals picked up a 40-man roster spot which could be used to facilitate another trade and a decent relief lottery ticket.

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