Nick Goody came seemingly out of nowhere to impress in the upper levels of the minor leagues in 2015, and he continued that progress with a 1.93 ERA and 13.5 K/9 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2016. He hasn't yet been able to translate that success in the majors, where he got knocked around to the tune of a 4.66 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, with the latter being boosted by command issues. The young righty also gave up seven home runs in just 29 innings in the big leagues -- more than he had given up in the minors the last two seasons combined. He was designated for assignment this offseason, so he will really need to improve his command to earn his way back onto the 40-man roster.
Goody was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Friday. The 25-year-old has yet to allow a run during his time in the Clippers bullpen, so he'll come up to Cleveland to offer some bullpen depth. He'll likely fill a middle-relief role unless he can dominate major-league hitters as well. In a corresponding move, Shawn Armstrong was sent to the minors.
Goody was Indians/status/846783994330935297">optioned to a> to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. Goody appeared in a team-high 10 games this spring and posted an impressive 0.90 ERA and 0.70 WHIP while racking up an 11:3 K:BB. Despite the impressive Cactus League performance, the righty will need to prove he can get admirable results consistently before being trusted in the MLB bullpen. Goody has some big-league experience and will likely bounce between levels this season when the Tribe needs some bullpen help.
Goody has allowed just one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven through seven Cactus League games. Goody has been one of the most impressive arms this spring among the team's large stable of young guns. The Tribe picked up the deceptive reliever from the Yankees, where he had a career 2.19 ERA in the minors. Goody has done all he can to prove he's worthy of an Opening Day roster spot, and he'd be a strong relief option in most MLB bullpens. However, he's vying for a role in one of the best bullpens in the game, so he may be forced to open 2017 at Triple-A Columbus.
Goody allowed a hit and struck out one in his first inning of spring work Sunday against the Cubs. The 25-year-old appeared in 27 games for the Yankees last season (29 innings). He began the 2016 campaign well, but after an awful nine-game stretch in June (7.88 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and .371 BAA), Goody spent most of the second half in triple-A. The Indians' acquired him in late-December and he'll spend the spring competing for a middle-relief spot.
Goody was traded to the Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations Tuesday. The 25-year-old was designated for assignment earlier in the month to make room on the 40-man roster for Aroldis Chapman, but he'll get a new chance to crack the majors with this change of scenery. Goody possesses excellent strikeout numbers and some major league experience, but his lack of control and trouble with home runs could leave him in the minors for much of the 2017 season.
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