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Niko Goodrum

#11 | 2B/1B/DH
Houston Astros Houston Astros
Niko Goodrum
Name: Cartier Niko Goodrum
Born: Feb 28, 1992 in Fayetteville, GA
High School: Fayette County HS, Fayetteville, Ga.
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 218 lbs
Bats: B / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (71st overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2010 (signed for $514,800)
Goodrum is part of the deep class of Georgia prep players who are viewed as future outfielders, a list that includes Delino Deshields Jr., Chevez Clarke, Aaron Shipman and Chris Hawkins. Goodrum, like Hawkins, played shortstop in high school but probably will move out of the infield as a pro because he lacks the pure infield actions most scouts look for at short. He has excellent quickness and well-above-average arm strength and is a 60 runner on the 20-80 scale, though he should slow down as he bulks up. Goodrum was committed to Kennesaw State, and despite the Owls' recent track record of success, he is considered signable. Goodrum is a switch-hitter who got off to a slower start with the bat, thanks in part to him pressing on a modestly talented high school team. As the weather heated up, though, so did Goodrum's bat and he made more contact. He's long and lean at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, and his swing has holes as a result of his long arms. He also has surprising raw power, as his swing has leverage and he has good hands. Scouts like Goodrum's makeup, and he's an easy player to dream on. He could wind up at third base, center field or even right and should go out in the first four rounds.
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