Brian Goodwin has come full circle.
The Rocky Mount High grad and former first-round draft pick in the 2011 Major League baseball draft has signed with the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox originally drafted Goodwin out of Rocky Mount High in the 17th round of the 2009 draft, but Goodwin chose to play in college instead. Two years later he was drafted by the Washington Nationals with the 34th overall pick.
Goodwin was released by Pittsburgh on Tuesday after signing a minor league contract with the Pirates in February. The left-handed batting outfielder didn’t make the big league club out of camp.
The 30-year-old veteran has played for Washington, Kansas City, Los Angeles and most recently Cincinnati in 2020. He tested free agency after the 2020 season and hooked on with Pittsburgh.
Goodwin has proven to be a capable offensive bat who can play solid defense since arriving in the big leagues in 2016. He has a career .250 batting average with a .317 on-base percentage, to go with 42 home runs and 22 stolen bases.
That production should help him earn playing time with his new club as the White Sox are dealing with a rash of injuries to key outfielders. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez is projected to be out through the summer with a torn pectoral muscle, and center fielder Louis Robert could miss the season with a Grade 3 hip flexor strain.
Goodwin, who has played at all three outfield positions, had a slash line of .229/.317/.371 in 35 at-bats for the Pirates in spring training this season.