- Full name Ryan Matthew Goins
- Born 02/13/1988 in Temple, TX
- Profile Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 180 / Bats: L / Throws: R
- School Dallas Baptist
- Debut 08/23/2013
Drafted in the 4th round (130th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009 (signed for $216,000).
View Draft ReportRyan Goins smashed 22 homers for Dallas Baptist this spring, but his best tool is actually his plus-plus arm. A lefthanded hitter, he projects to have more gap power than home run pop with wood bats. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder draws a lot of walks and should be able to hit in pro ball. His well-below-average speed will force him to move from shortstop to second base, where his arm strength will be less of an asset.
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Goins made steady progress through the system and made his major league debut in 2013. A minor league shortstop, he profiles as a utility player at the major league level but could be pressed into duty as a defense-first second baseman. He has athletic, polished defensive actions, defensive instincts and steady hands, and his best tool is his accurate, average arm. He played above-average defense in his major league stint. Goins profiles as a bottom-of-the-order hitter with well below-average power and a below-average hit tool. With a long stride and length to his swing, he is susceptible to breaking stuff and posted a 14-1 strikeout-walk ratio in a small major league sample, though he has posted acceptable strikeout rates for his career (17 percent). He swung at pitches out of the zone and struggled with pitches on the outer third of the plate. Goins is also a below-average runner and has been a run-erasing basestealer, with a 51 percent career success rate stealing bases. His reliable defense should allow Goins to see additional time with Toronto in 2014.
Goins hit 22 homers at Dallas Baptist last spring, propelling him into the fourth round of the draft and earning him a $216,000 bonus. Though he didn't go deep in his pro debut, he hit his way to low Class A. He's in the Brian Roberts mold and plays with a lot of energy, often getting dirty even in pregame drills. Despite showing power in college, Goins isn't expected to produce a lot of homers with wood bats. He'll be better off driving doubles to the gaps than trying to hit balls out of the park. He has a short, compact swing that stays in the zone a long time, and he has a knack for barreling balls. While he has a plus arm, Goins may not be an everyday shortstop because he has below-average speed and range. He projects better as an offensive second baseman. He should return to Lansing, at least for the start of the 2010 season.