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Nicholas Gunnar Goody (born July 6, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He pitched in MLB for the New York Yankees in 2015 and 2016.

Nick Goody
Nick Goody 2017.jpg
Cleveland Indians – No. 44
Relief pitcher
Born: (1991-07-06) July 6, 1991 (age 28)
Orlando, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 30, 2015, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record4–6
Earned run average3.81
Strikeouts171
Teams

Amateur careerEdit

Goody attended University High School in Orlando, Florida.[1] He played for the school's baseball team as a shortstop.[2] He enrolled at State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota to play college baseball, and the team's head coach suggested he become a pitcher.[3] As a freshman, he served as the team's closer.[1] That summer, Goody pitched for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League, and was named most valuable player of the league's championship game.[4] As a sophomore, Goody played as a starting pitcher, and had a 6–2 win–loss record, 1.29 earned run average (ERA), and struck out 114 batters in 84 innings pitched,[1] including 19 strikeouts in one game.[2] He was named the Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore.[3]

The New York Yankees selected Goody in the 22nd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, but Goody opted not to sign. He played collegiate summer baseball in the Northwoods League for the Mankato Moondogs to focus on the mentality of closing.[1][5] In 2012, Goody transferred to Louisiana State University (LSU) in order to play for the LSU Tigers baseball team. Nick Rumbelow began the season as LSU's closer, but Goody assumed the role during the season, finishing with 11 saves, third most in the Southeastern Conference.[1][3]

Professional careerEdit

New York YankeesEdit

 
Goody with the New York Yankees in 2016

The Yankees selected Goody with their sixth round pick, the 217th overall selection, of the 2012 MLB draft.[6][7] Pitching for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League, the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League, and the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, Goody had a 1.12 ERA and seven saves.[2][3] In 2013, the Yankees invited Goody to spring training.[3] He began the season with Tampa, but underwent Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow in his pitching arm, which he injured in his second appearance of the season.[2] He returned to Tampa on May 6, 2014, and was promoted to the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League in June.[3] The Yankees invited Goody to spring training in 2015, but reassigned him to minor league camp in mid-March.[8] Goody began the 2015 season with Trenton, and was named to the Eastern League All-Star Game. He was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League in July, and Brady Lail replaced him in the All-Star Game.[9][10]

On July 25, the Yankees promoted Goody to the major leagues.[11] The Yankees optioned Goody back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 28, without having made any major league appearances. The Yankees recalled him on July 30 due to an injury to Michael Pineda.[12] He made his major league debut that day.[13]

On December 15, 2016, Goody was designated for assignment by the Yankees.[14]

Cleveland IndiansEdit

The Yankees subsequently traded Goody to the Cleveland Indians on December 20, 2016, in exchange for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.[15]

In 2017, Goody had his best year yet as a reliable reliever, making 56 appearances, logging a 2.80 ERA, and striking out 72 batters in 54 2/3 innings. On October 3, it was announced that he would not be included on the Indians' 25-man roster for the ALDS.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "LSU's Nick Goody has given the Tigers a new dimension with his ability at closer". NOLA.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Dill, Jason (May 31, 2014). "Former SCF star Nick Goody recovered, pitching for Tampa Yankees: Yankees pitching prospect Goody back on mound after Tommy John surgery". Bradenton Herald. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Peruffo, Nick (June 20, 2014). "Goody a late-bloomer as a reliever". The Trentonian. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Ruiz, Stephen (August 5, 2010). "Florida Collegiate Summer League: Winter Park edges Leesburg 1-0 for title: Winter Park pitcher Nick Goody was selected the game's MVP at Tropicana Field". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Goody relishes role for MoonDogs". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Manatee's Correlle Prime, ex-SCF pitcher Nick Goody taken in MLB draft – Manatee". Bradenton Herald. June 5, 2012. Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "LSU Players Nola, Goody Selected During Day 2 of MLB Draft". WVLA-TV. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Hatch, Ryan (March 15, 2015). "Who did the Yankees reassign to minor league camp on Sunday?". NJ.com. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "Thunder pitcher Brady Lail added to EL All-Star roster". The Trentonian. July 8, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  10. ^ Dill, Jason (July 24, 2015). "Minor league baseball update: SCF's Nick Goody one step from Yankees debut". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  11. ^ "Yankees add Nick Goody to bullpen". USA Today. Associated Press. July 25, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "New York Yankees recall RHPs Bryan Mitchell, Nick Goody from Triple-A". YES Network. July 30, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Former LSU pitcher Nick Goody joins 2015 parade to the Major League level". NOLA.com. July 31, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Yankees Designate Nick Goody, Announce Aroldis Chapman Signing". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  15. ^ "Indians acquire RHP Nick Goody from the New York Yankees". MLB.com. Retrieved December 20, 2016.

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