Injury Interrupts Goodwin's Fast Start With Nationals

WASHINGTON—It didn't take long for low Class A Hagerstown center fielder Brian Goodwin to show how much patience he has at the plate. However, another kind of waiting had him itching to get back on the field.

A supplemental first-round pick in 2011 out of Miami Dade JC, Goodwin injured his left leg while running out an infield hit in his fifth minor league game. He went on the disabled list with a pulled hamstring.

All Goodwin did for the Suns was go 6-for-16 (.375) with a double and two homers. The lefthanded hitter homered in his first game, drew four walks the next night and homered in his fourth game. He also had eight RBIs and two stolen bases in three attempts.

Goodwin, 21, said he likes the fact that even professional players have time for a lighter side, but he takes his craft seriously.

Regarding his selectivity, he said, "It's just having an approach. If you're looking for something to hit and you don't get it, you can't swing at it. It's just knowing the strike zone.

"That comes from just playing—practicing and getting in the cages and working on your swing. It's about finding what pitch you're going to swing at to maximize your talent."

Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium has an oddly angled center field with a high wall. Goodwin had two errors early in the season, but he had impressed manager Brian Daubach with the accuracy and strength of his throwing arm.

Daubach also raved about the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Goodwin's approach to hitting.

"It's everything you can ask for from a leadoff hitter to start the season," Daubach said, "especially for his first time (in pro ball). To come out and do that is impressive. We've faced a lot of lefthanded pitchers, too. He worked hard in instructional league, and it carried over into spring training this year."

Goodwin went 4-for-10 with two home runs and two walks versus lefties early on.

"I've seen my fair share (of lefties) here," he said, "but I think that kind of helps my swing. Lefty-lefty, you have to stay short."


• Shortstop Jason Martinson moved into the Suns' leadoff spot after Goodwin's injury. Through 52 at-bats, Martinson was batting .288/.431/.538 with three homers and six steals.

• High Class A Potomac third baseman Anthony Rendon, the sixth pick in the 2011 draft, sustained what the Nationals were calling a minor fracture in his left ankle while rounding third base in his second professional game.