Goodwin collects two hits in Angels debut


Telegram Reports

Saturday, March 30, 2019

It’s been quite the calendar week for Brian Goodwin.

The Rocky Mount High graduate was waived by the Kansas City Royals on Monday, then claimed by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

A day later, on Friday, he was in the starting lineup for the Angels, playing left field against the Oakland Athletics. In his debut for his new team, he batted four times from the No. 9 spot in the lineup and collected two hits, scoring two of the Angels’ six runs in a 6-2 victory over Oakland.

The productive day couldn’t have come at a better time for Goodwin, whose .116 batting average in spring training left something to be desired. The former Gryphon joins a fairly crowded outfield in Los Angeles, but will likely see steady playing time over the next few months, as regular outfielder Justin Upton will miss eight to 12 weeks due to injury, it was reported on Friday.

On Saturday, Goodwin posted a picture of him in new uniform on Instagram, with the hashtag #themarathoncontinues. The Angels’ game on Saturday night did not end by presstime, though a lineup released  earlier in the day had left fielder Peter Bourjos starting over Goodwin.