Goddard was the Diamondbacks’ 3rd round
Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 9:11 pm
WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodDiamondbacks Farm SystemDiamondbacks ProspectsDiamondbacks Top Prospect #13: RHP Jackson GoddardNew ,7commentsGoddard was the Diamondbacks’ 3rd round pick of the 2018 draftESTShareTweetShareShareDiamondbacks Top Prospect #13: RHP Jackson GoddardName: Jackson GoddardDOB: 12/12/1996 (Age 22)Height: 6’3”Weight: 220Acquired: 3rd Round Pick, 2018 DraftPosition: StarterMost Notable Tool: Mid 90s FastballSeason Stats: 13 Games (12 Starts), 1-3, 4.18 ERA, 28 IP, 27/12 K/BB, 1 HR , 1.11 WHIP, 41.2% GB rate for Short A Hillsboro 2018 Season Summary: Even though injuries limited him to 52 innings in college, the Diamondbacks saw enough potential to take him with their 3rd round selection. Goddard pitched 1 inning for the AZL Dbacks, but otherwise spent the rest of the season in Short A Hillsboro. The inconsistency issue that plagued him throughout his college career continued in his first year in the pros. Due to the short number of innings he got per start, the 3-4 bad games he had ended up inflating his ERA. Otherwise, he was tough to hit overall with batters putting up a .198 average (.265 BABIP) and a solid 24% strikeout rate. Walks and pitching with runners in scoring position were an issue with a 11% BB rate and a 62.5% strand rate. I attribute that a bit to perhaps not being able to establish an early rhythm due to though short starts.Tools: Fastball 50/60, Slider 45/55 , Change-Up 45/55, Command 40/50Goddard has the potential for 3 above average to plus pitches, although the command for them is inconsistent. Walks have been an issue for Goddard with more than 10% of hitters getting free passes in college and the pros. That’s something he’ll have to iron out if he wants to remain a starter. The delivery itself isn’t an issue although there is effort in the arm acceleration phase and that causes him to fall off a bit.Upside: Goddard’s ability to throw strikes will determine if he starts or relieves at the MLB level. Goddard has a pair of swing and miss pitches (FB, SL), but often finds himself behind in the count. Due to the ability to miss bats, he could profile as a late-inning reliever if starting does not work out. However, as a starter he has the upside of a #3 guy if command allows it. Risk: Command is the #1 issue at play , with the walks being a big problem. Since he does a good job of avoiding the barrel and misses bats at a solid enough rate, there is a second possible career outcome. However, if the command does not develop he probably won’t make it to the majors as more than a reliever. Likely 2019 Assignment: Goodard will likely see time in Kane County to start the season where they will lengthen his starts to about 5 innings and further as the season progresses. He pitched about 80 innings between college and pros, so they can only realistically push him to 100 to 110 innings. ETA: 2021 Season TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right fielder Randal Grichuk is being checked for a possible concussion after slamming face-first into a security guard’s chair while chasing a foul ball.Grichuk had a swollen mark across his face as he left Sunday’s game in Toronto against Cleveland. He was injured while catching Brandon Guyer’s fly in the fourth inning.As Grichuk sprinted toward the ball, a security staffer seated along the wall stood up and backed away from the area, carrying his stool and seemingly unaware the outfielder was closing in. Grichuk slid to make the catch, but crashed into the stool the staffer was holding by his side.Grichuk stayed down for several minutes and was treated on the field by Blue Jays trainers. When he stood up to walk off , television images showed a long, swollen mark on his face, running across his nose and between his eyes.The Blue Jays said Grichuk was in routine concussion evaluation and would receive follow-up tests on his face.Grichuk left the game, with Teoscar Hernandez entering to play left field and Billy McKinney moving from left to right. The security staffer remained in place.Grichuk homered twice Saturday against the Indians.