Goody is ready for a resolution

Drafted by the Yankees last month, LSU commitment Nick Goody has two dream opportunities to choose between.

Waiting is OK if you have a finish line in site.

For Nick Goody, the uncertainty of his current situation – the lack of a finish line – is a little more difficult to wrap his head around.

Goody is baseball no-man's land, although he has two exciting outcomes waiting on him. So the where of his future isn't as pressing as when a resolution will finally arrive.

Last month the Orlando native was drafted in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, a dream come true for any player with professional aspirations. Simply put, when the Yankees call, you tend to listen.

But Goody is also a commitment to the LSU baseball program, a notion he insists is in the same stratosphere of getting a call from the Yankees or any other big-league club.

"It's the best baseball school in the nation by far," Goody said Thursday. "Once I got to campus on LSU it was better than anything I ever dreamed of.

"I've heard all about LSU and always thought it would be unbelievable to play there, so I'm pretty pumped about the chance."

When or if that chance actually comes to fruition hinges on the Yankees.

Goody has spoken to club officials sporadically since the draft in early June, but hasn't received a final offer yet.

He hopes one is extended this weekend and whatever New York offers, Goody said he will either accept or turn down and move on.

"I want to make a decision as soon as possible because I want to know what I'm going to do as much as anybody else does," Goody said.

Part of Goody's anxiety is tied to inactivity, something he's not used to.

After playing for the Mankato (Minn.) MoonDogs of the North Woods League in June – going 1-0 with four saves and 27 strikeouts in 14 innings as the team's closer – Goody has shut down for the summer at LSU coach Paul Mainieri's request because of a hectic spring season at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

At SCF, Goody was one of the cornerstones for a Manatees' team that won 70 games the last two seasons and punched a ticket to the 2010 NJCAA World Series.

A compact, hard-throwing righty, Goody was 6-2 this spring with 114 strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA in 84 innings.

He wasn't SCF's full-time closer in either of his seasons there, but adjusted to that role well in his brief audition in Mankato.

"That's what his foreseeable future is in pro ball or at LSU," longtime SCF coach Tim Hill said. "He has the perfect makeup for that role. He's got good velocity and a real effective slider -- that's his out pitch."

Added Mankato General Manager Kyle Mrozek, ""He adapted quickly to that role because he's got a moxie to him and that's what you need to see in the closer's role. He gave our guys a lot of confidence whenever he was out there."

Now, Goody has a chance to transition into a similar role at LSU if he wins up on campus.

The Tigers' lost closer Matty Ott, a 13th-round draft pick by Boston.

"I'd love to come down there and be that guy for LSU," said Goody, who said he grew up a Florida State fan.

"I took some (recruiting) visits and when I was growing up I went to a lot of Florida State games and had a chance to go there out of high school. But once I saw what LSU had to offer and the kind of family atmosphere they have there, it was better than anything else by far."

Maybe even a chance to pitch for the Yankees? We'll find out soon enough.

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