Scouting Yankees Prospect #25: Nick Goody

Goody is always in full attack mode

The New York Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Nick Goody in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Louisiana State University. He immediately showed why the Yankees had drafted him twice -- he was selected in the 22nd round in 2011 but did not sign -- as he ascended three minor league levels in his debut season and dominated along the way.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Nick Goody
Position: Pitcher
DOB: July 6, 1991
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
Bats: Both
Throws: Right

"I feel like the year went alright," he said. "Making the transition from college to pro ball was -- it took me a few games to get used to it I felt. Once I got used to it I felt fortunate to play on three [different] teams."

It's more like his teams felt fortunate that he pitched for them. All he did was post a combined 1.13 ERA, hold opposing hitters to a .177 average, and strike out 52 batters in just 32 innings between short-season Staten Island, low-A Charleston, and high-A Tampa.

While the former standout college reliever ascended up the minor league ladder at an extremely rapid pace for a first-year pitcher, it did not come as a huge surprise to the highly confident Goody.

"It's almost addictive once you get moved up once; 'alright, now we're facing a new set of hitters and the competition's better'. Once I got moved up to Tampa I said 'wow, this is pretty awesome'.

"It's almost like going to a casino. Once you win 50 bucks or 100 bucks, not that I go gambling or anything, you're like that's a free ten bucks and that's awesome. You kind of get that high and you want to keep moving up.

"You put your head down and you just grind it out, and things will happen to you. I was definitely blessed and it's awesome getting to play on three different teams. I heard it doesn't happen very often but personally I feel like I can pitch at the next level as well."

It's that supreme confidence and almost robotic-like approach he takes to relieving that has helped him really stand out since day one. He's simply a professional pitcher already.

"Coming out of playing in the SEC -- the SEC is a powerhouse conference with pretty good competition," he said. "I learned a lot there and I brought the same mentality I had from LSU to pro ball, but the thing I changed was I'm not competing for a school. I'm competing for this team and to win a job.

"This is my job. Now I have to show up to the field, I have to pitch, I have to perform, [and] I hold myself responsible for everything that happens. You have to be on time or you get fined, you have to be cleanly shaven, high socks -- the Yankee organization in my opinion is the best organization in baseball.

"You've got to be very professional and that's the way I like to go about my business, be professional."

Whether it's mixing in his above average fastball-slider combination with strike after strike and going right after batters or working hard on refining his game behind the scenes, Goody's mound presence is a full-blown bulldog mentality.

And as dominating as he has been in the early going, his ultimate goal is to pitch for the big league Yankees in the playoffs and he knows what he needs to improve to become a better impact pitcher going forward, and that's improving his changeup.

Adding a third reliable big league pitch into his repertoire as a short-inning reliever would help take his game to the next level and that is his plan.

"You never want to put a cap on yourself, that's the way I think. Honestly, the sky's the limit. There's no limit. I don't want to say I'll be this good or that good, I just want to go out and do my job and be the best at my job.

"If that's an 8th inning guy I want to be the best 8th inning guy. If I'm a starter I want to be the best starter. I just want to be the best pitcher I can possibly be.

"If I can get the changeup where I want it, it's just another pitch that I have and another pitch that's in the hitter's mind. I will get it down," he concluded.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2012

Tampa

0-0

0

4.0

4

1

7

2.25

2012

Charleston

1-2

6

24.2

15

7

40

1.09

2012

Staten Island

0-0

1

3.1

1

1

5

0.00



Repertoire. Fastball, Slider, Changeup.

Fastball. Goody's four-seam fastball is a quality big league pitch that can flash plus potential on any given day. It sits mostly in the 91-94 mph range but in David Robertson-like fashion he gets a lot of deception with his heater due to the quick whipping action in his release so it appears it's coming in on batters a lot quicker than in actually is. Throw in the fact he can top out at 96 mph at times, while the gun says his fastball is above average, it certainly plays a level higher.

Other Pitches. His best secondary pitch is a quality big league slider that sits in the 79-81 mph range. It ranges between an average and above average offering depending on the day. There are times where it will sit in the 83-84 mph range and those are the days when it's a real strikeout weapon, and he's working hard to keep it consistently tighter. His changeup is more of a 'show-me' pitch at the current time, one that is currently a little too hard. It sits in the 86-88 mph range and he'll need to slow it down and throw it more consistently for strikes.

Pitching. Goody is not one to mess around on the mound. He goes right after batters with a plethora of fastballs that he can move up and down in the strike zone, although ideally he's at his best when he gets the consistent lower-half of the zone location. While both his slider and changeup could use some more work going forward, the fact is he's not afraid to throw them for strikes and he's a master at not only working consistently ahead in counts but working extremely quickly. He doesn't let batters get comfortable in the box. He's a true grinder and he has tremendous makeup.

Projection. The lack of a true plus big league secondary pitch does limit Goody's long-term ceiling to that more of a quality setup man than a closer. However, while the ceiling might not be as vast he is also one of the safer bets to reach his ceiling because of his great makeup, deceptively quick fastball, and innate strike-throwing ability. In fact, his game is very similar to current Yankee setup man David Robertson even if the breaking pitch is not where it needs to be just yet.

ETA. 2014. Goody should not be in the minor leagues very much longer. He will probably most likely start where he finished -- in high-A Tampa. He will also most likely see ample time in Double-A Trenton later in 2013 and from there he'll be a stone's throw away from being a viable bullpen option in the Bronx.

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