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2017 IBI Preview Capsule: Nick Goody

The Indians acquired Nick Goody from the Yankees in December as they continue to add bullpen depth. How can he impact the big league squad in 2017? The IBI's Jake Dungan examines in the latest Preview Capsule.

The IBI Preview Capsules are back for 2017 as Jake Dungan takes an in-depth look at all the players who could impact the Tribe in the upcoming season from the established stars to the prospects on the verge of being called up to the majors to the non-roster invites to spring training.

Nick Goody, RHP

Throws: Right -- Bats: Right -- Entering his age-25 season -- Contract: Pre-arbitration (Eligible for arbitration in 2019)

2016 In Review: Goody got his first extended taste of big league action with the Yankees last year appearing in 27 games and posting a 4.66 ERA in 29 innings of work with 12 walks and 34 strikeouts. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2015 as he compiled a 4.76 ERA in seven outings. After being drafted twice by New York in 2011 and 2012, the Orlando native has impressed at every level of the minor leagues going 6-8 in parts of five seasons with a 2.19 ERA while walking 51 and striking out 220 in 152 combined innings. His high strikeout rate (13 per nine innings) and low WHIP (1.039) are definitely intriguing and could make him a strong bullpen arm in the major leagues if he can translate them to that level.

Versus Right-handers: Goody's splits have fluctuated from close to even to both extremes throughout his career. Last season and 2014 marked the years with those extreme splits as right-handers had substantially more success against him in 2014 batting .294 with a .917 OPS while last season, it was southpaws who had the 25-year-old's number batting .323 with a .975 OPS between Triple-A and New York. Outside of 2014 and 2013, when he only appeared in two games before undergoing Tommy John surgery, right-handed hitters have been at his mercy as Goody has held them below the Mendoza Line in each other season. Even in the major leagues, despite his mediocre numbers overall, still held right-handers to a .205 average with a 2.45 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Versus Left-handers: 2016 was an outlier for Goody as far as how he has fared against left-handed hitters as southpaws hit .323 combined in his time with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Yankees last season. Most of that damage was inflicted in the major leagues as lefties hit .375 with a 1.097 OPS. In previous seasons, however, the Florida native has kept left-handers in check almost as well as he has right-handers holding them at or below the .200 mark with OPS numbers ranging from .523 to .562 between 2012 and 2015. If he can figure out how to pitch effectively against left-handed hitters at the major league level, his overall numbers should improve exponentially.

Pitch Mix: Like many late-inning relievers, Goody features a simple and limited arsenal of two pitches, a fastball and slider, although he can mix in an occasional curveball or changeup. His heater can top out in the mid-90s while his slider has been reported to have good bite on it and, as his strikeout numbers in the minor leagues show, clearly has the ability to miss a lot of bats, which would suggest late-inning potential. Pitching in the late innings is no stranger to Goody as he served as a closer collegiately for LSU. That has carried over to his professional career recording 20 saves spread out over five years, including five last season.

Fantasy Impact: Goody has had a fair bit of experience at the big league level, which could carry weight as he joins the other hurlers vying for a bullpen spot with the Tribe this spring. Fangraphs doesn't see the right-hander making many appearances, however, as only Steamer has a 2017 projection for him and anticipates him only logging one outing. In all honesty, there are candidates the organization is more familiar with, such as Perci Garner or Shawn Armstrong, who could have an advantage in securing the remaining spots. Plus, Goody has two options remaining and can easily be sent down to Columbus to start the year. On the other hand, given talent and ability of the former 6th round pick, particularly his knack for getting strikeouts, an impressive showing in Goodyear could raise his stock quickly, especially if he catches the eye of skipper Terry Francona.

Summary: The Indians only gave up a player to be named later or cash in the deal that brought Goody to Cleveland, but his numbers indicate that the Tribe could have yet another intriguing bullpen arm on their hands. After giving up right-handers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen in the Andrew Miller trade last season, despite the dominance and irreplaceable value that Miller has brought to the big league club, replenishing the prospect talent lost in that deal would still be nice, especially considering that Miller and other key Tribe relievers will soon be approaching free agency. Here's hoping Nick Goody can live up to the potential he's shown up to this point and become a suitable successor for one of the Indians' bullpen arms down the road.

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Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at jdungan@indiansbaseballinsider.com or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball.


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