Brian Goodwin earns first recall to Washington Nationals


From Staff Reports

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Rocky Mount native Brian Goodwin received his first Major League call-up Saturday.

The 2009 Rocky Mount High graduate joined the Washington National when the team’s starting first baseman, Ryan Zimmerman, was put on the disabled list.

Goodwin, 25, was hitting .284 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI for the Nationals’ Triple A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs.

Last month, Goodwin was named to the International League’s All-Star Game.

The road to the Majors was not an easy one for Goodwin, who was selected 34th overall by Washington in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.

The 6-foot, 206-pound outfielder accelerated quickly through the Nationals’ lower-level affiliates, but he stalled the past two-plus seasons with Syracuse.

A shoulder injury took away half of Goodwin’s 2014 season, and his production dropped when he returned in 2015.

Goodwin spent the past winter playing in Venezuela, which helped his sharpen the skills that at one time made him one of the top prospects in the organization.

It is unclear how long Goodwin will be with the big league club. He was not scheduled to be in uniform until this afternoon’s game against the San Francisco Giants.

Washington entered Saturday with a seven game lead in the National League East.

Even if Goodwin is soon sent back down to Triple A, he likely will be a part of the Nationals’ expanded roster on Sept. 1.