26-year old outfielder Tyrell Godwin was originally a third round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays out of the University of North Carolina back in 2001. After spending four seasons in the Blue Jays' farm system, including stealing a career-high 42 bases at AA-New Hampshire in 2004, Godwin was selected by the Nationals in the Rule V Draft at last year's Winter Meetings. Not considered a power hitter at all, he entered the 2005 season with 20 career home runs in 1,268 at-bats.
However, while Godwin did an admirable job against lefties, he didn't hit them with enough power, not for a corner outfielder at least. He collected just 17.4% of his hits against lefties for extra bases but chipped in with 25.4% of his hits against right-handed pitchers for extra bases, a number more in line with the expectations from a power hitting position.
If there is one statistic where Tyrell Godwin didn't show consistency in throughout the year it was with his walks. Godwin drew 18 walks in 28 games in the month of June, equating to 36% of his entire season walk total. Considering he's a player who hits atop the lineup, it would benefit him greatly to show more consistency drawing walks.
While his overall numbers slightly favor hitting on the road, the essential differences were negligible. The important thing to take away from his road versus home splits was that he wasn't phased at all batting in enemy territory, because it says everything about his professional approach.
Godwin, despite his good speed, is more of a left fielder anyway. And with his splits showing clear favoritism towards hitting in that position, his future at that position seems pretty much set.
Godwin hit .356 with runners on base in 2005, a pleasant surprise for a traditional leadoff hitter and a big reason why he was moved further down in the lineup to bat either second or third for a good portion of the season. He hit .294 with runners in scoring position and .345 with runners in scoring position and with two outs, showing amazing versatility in the batter's box, no matter the situation.
Given his ability to make consistent contact, his good speed, and his clutch hitting, judging from all of his splits mentioned above, it would seem Tyrell Godwin would be an ideal #2 hitter. And as evidenced from his splits hitting in different spots in the order, that certainly was the case in 2005. He hit 4 of his 9 home runs this past season batting second, scored most of his runs in that spot, and had more RBI there than in any other position in the lineup.
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