Splitsville: Tyrell Godwin v1.1

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Nationals' prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Tyrell Godwin, we'll look how he did against the right-handed pitchers versus the southpaws, how he hit with runners in scoring position, and more.


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.

  • Owns Right-Handed Pitchers: The speedy left-handed hitting Godwin proved one thing in 2005, he can hit right-handed pitching with the best of them. While he more than held his own against southpaws, hitting .315 against lefties this past season, Godwin hit .323 against right-handed pitchers.

    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.

  • Never Looked Back: Godwin, who entered the year as a career .278 hitter, began the 2005 season - his first in the Nationals' organization - hitting .381 in his first 21 games and never looked back. In fact, over the course of the entire season, Godwin never hit below .292 in any one month, showing the type of consistency that gives prospects a shot at the Major Leagues.

    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.

  • The Road Doesn't Bother Him: Playing away from Zephyr Field wasn't a problem for Tyrell Godwin this past season, a good sign of his even-keeled approach at the plate. Godwin, who hit .311 at home, actually hit better on the road. He hit a robust .330 on the road. As a result, he did score a few more runs and drew a few more walks away from Zephyr Field.

    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.

  • Centerfield Could Be A Problem: Offensively, centerfield could be a problem for Godwin. Godwin, who had just ten career home runs entering the season, hit all nine of his 2005 home runs while playing left field for the New Orleans Zephyrs. He hit just .262 while playing centerfield but looked like an All-Star playing left field, hitting .339

    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.

  • Simply Terrific: Whether Godwin was hitting with the bases empty, with runners on base, or with runners in scoring position, he was just terrific across the board. While he hit .338 when leading of an inning, an unbelievable percentage, Godwin was even better with runners on base.

    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.

  • Better As He Climbs The Order: One of the more interesting numbers in his splits is how his batting average got better the further up the lineup he hit. With the majority of his at-bats coming in the top three spots in the batting order, Godwin hit .313 batting third, .327 batting second, and .332 batting leadoff.

    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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