Brian Goodwin made a strong first impression with his new team on Saturday.
The Rocky Mount High grad helped the Chicago White Sox to a 15-2 win over Detroit in his first game with the team.
Goodwin, who was called up from the Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, homered and drove in five runs in his White Sox debut. He had a RBI double in his first at-bat, hit a three-run home run in his next at-bat, then added an RBI groundout later in the victory.
“It was great to have a chance to show my new teammates that I’m going to be able to help them win games,” Goodwin told reporters following the game. “This is the first team that ever drafted me, and even though I didn’t sign out of high school, I’ve still always had some love for the White Sox.
“Plus this seemed like a team I could help win some games,” he said.
Goodwin signed with Chicago as a free agent last month and was sent to Charlotte to get up to speed after being released from Pittsburgh after spring training.
He batted .244 with three home runs in 86 at-bats for the Knights.
The outfielder batted second and played center field in Saturday’s win, then started in left field on Sunday and reached on a walk in two plate appearances. The first-place White Sox begin a three-game series on Monday against the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays.