Scouting Yankees Prospect #26: Nick Goody

Goody is getting close to game ready again

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 dominated his way through his debut season and had the look of a fast riser, but he lasted just two appearances in 2013 before succumbing to Tommy John surgery. Inching his way back to game action, he seems poised to pick up right where he left off.

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

"It's going really, really good. The guys down here are taking good care of me. I've just been blessed and fortunate, everything is on pace. I basically listen and do what I'm told."

He threw his third bullpen session off of the full mound on Tuesday after spending the previous two weeks throwing off of the rehab half-mound. While he is scheduled to throw fastballs only on the regular mound for another four weeks or so before introducing offspeed pitches, he is on pace to pitch his first simulated game in early April.

"Everything is coming out good," he said. "I feel better than I've ever felt, honestly. It's crazy how the whole surgery process works. Dr. Andrews does it right and I have no complaints.

"You still get a little sore every now and then but that's usual, it comes with having surgery and rehab. I feel stronger than I did, I think I know my body more now.

"I didn't ever really do, I guess you call it 'prehab', strengthening of the shoulders and all that. Now it's becoming part of my career. I'll do that now until the end of my career. I feel a lot better and stronger than I ever have."

Aside from his fastball-only bullpen sessions he is throwing changeups on flat ground from 75 feet right now while he awaits the opportunity to finally mix in some breaking pitches sometime next month.

"I'm excited for it," he said emphatically. "You always want to test the waters but you've just got to trust in the process and know when it's time that it's time. I'm just ready to get into some games but you've got to take it one day at a time, that's what I've learned."

What he has also learned is, while he expects to be the same effective pitcher he was before his Tommy John surgery, he can't help but believe that he is going to be better equipped once he does make his full return.

"Obviously I'm going to be different. I feel like I'm a better pitcher now than I was a year ago. I know it sounds weird to say but there's a different mentality.

"For a year you sit and watch all of the guys you played with get called up and it sucks. It kind of pisses you off. You're happy for them, don't get me wrong, but at the same time you want that to be you.

"I think just sitting back and thinking -- for my first half-mound bullpen I was more prepared and ready for that than I was anything. You sit, think, and prepare for that day.

"Getting back out there, I'm not nervous. I'm not worried about what's going to happen, I'm just ready to go and get after it," he concluded.






































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Repertoire. Fastball, Slider, Changeup, Curveball.

Fastball. Goody isn't necessarily overpowering according to the radar gun, averaging mostly 91-94 mph with his four-seam fastball. While he can top out at 96 mph occasionally, it's the deceptive nature of his quick-whipping release that makes his above average fastball velocity appear to be a plus pitch. He shows better than average command of his fastball too.

Other Pitches. His best secondary pitch is an above average big league slider that will range anywhere from 79-84 mph. Like his fastball though, it's his quick arm motion that allows him to disguise his slider better than most. What really hurt him in his lost season last year was the opportunity to further develop both his curveball and changeup, two pitches he didn't throw very often in 2012 but really turned the proverbial corner in a big way last Spring Training. His curveball sits mostly 77-79 mph with more true 12 to 6 diving action and his changeup was showing a lot more fade and depth -- and he could throw both of them consistently for strikes.

Pitching. Whether Goody is relying mostly on a two-pitch arsenal or a four-pitch mix, it is his approach, mentality, and tempo that remains the same -- he works quickly, throws strikes, gets ahead of batters, and puts hitters away. He is the epitome of a bulldog on the mound and very business-like in his approach. Now armed with four pitches that he can for throw strikes, Goody had already never really allowed batters to get comfortable with his up-tempo style and now they have to guess on what pitch is coming.

Projection. Prior to getting hurt last year [he also sprained his ankle early in big league camp last Spring Training] Goody had developed a starting pitcher's repertoire even though he possesses a closer's mentality. While they are all quality big league pitches, none of his secondary pitches grade out as plus and that might limit his ceiling to more of a big league setup man. However, few bullpen arms show four big league pitches and even fewer employ the approach and tempo he does so it's not out of the question that he could someday emerge as a potential closer, especially if one of his secondary offerings, most likely his slider, creeps up into the plus range. For now he is simply one of the safer bets to pitch important big league relief innings someday.

ETA. 2015. Had it not been for the injury Goody could have been on pace to be in the big leagues this coming season. As it stands right now he should open up back in high-A Tampa and, barring any setbacks, should see some time in Double-A Trenton later in the year if all goes well.

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