Brian Goodwin is starting to hit.

The Rocky Mount High grad and outfielder for the Charlotte Knights has raised his batting average 79 points over the past seven games. Goodwin has reclaimed much of his batting average by collecting 10 hits since May 20.

The former first-round draft pick in the 2011 Major League baseball draft signed with the Chicago White Sox on May 5, and was assigned to the team’s Triple-A affiliate.

Goodwin played his first game for the Knights on May 7 and went 1-for-3 with a double, but cooled off and had five hits over his next nine games. His batting average dipped to .148 on May 15.

Now, he’s batting .246, with an on-base percentage of .310. His slugging percentage is up to .446 with the help of three home runs and four doubles. Goodwin has 16 hits and 11 RBIs in 65 at-bats.

The 30-year-old Rocky Mount native has played for Washington, Kansas City, Los Angeles and most recently Cincinnati in 2020. He spent this spring in the Pittsburgh camp.

Goodwin has a career .250 batting average with a .317 on-base percentage, to go with 42 home runs and 22 stolen bases in the majors.

Charlotte is hosting Nashville through Sunday, then plays on the road at Durham from June 8-13.