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    Niko Goodrum

    Cartier Niko Goodrum

    http://mlb.mlb.com/shared/video/embe...p;property=mlb

    Born: February 28, 1992 - Fayetteville, Georgia

    Bats: Both
    Throws: Right
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 170

    Drafted as a SS out of Fayette County HS by the Twins - 2nd round (#71 Overall) of 2010 June MLB Amateur Draft.

    Pro Stats:
    2010: Twins GULF - 36G | 128 PA | .161/.219/.195 | 4SB/2CS | 9E/18DP
    2011: Etown APPY - 59G | 230 PA | .275/.352/.382 | 8SB/1CS | 25E/32DP
    2012: Etown APPY - 58G | 269 PA | .242/.349/.419 | 6SB/3CS | 18E/31DP
    2013: Starting SS for Cedar Rapids MIDW

    Prospect Review: Athletic shortstop Niko Goodrum recently began his first year of full-season baseball in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2012 found Niko repeating rookie ball in Elizabethton, where he exhibited improvements in fielding, power and plate discipline. However, his batting average remained in the mid-.200's and his overall game didn't take the leap some Twins fans were predicting.

    As someone just a month over the legal drinking age, the book is far from written on young Mr. Goodrum. 2013, though, will go a long ways towards predicting whether he'll be a mainstay middle-infielder for the next wave of winning Twins teams. My feeling, after following him closely for a year, is that he'll either break out this year and become a top-tier prospect or he'll begin the process of converting into a super-utility player. He's certainly the kind of athlete who could handle all 7 defensive positions and get on base just enough to make an MLB roster in his mid-twenties. I'm really hoping Niko can become a long-term SS option, since he's a nice kid who would look great at the bottom of a lineup that included misters Buxton, Rosario, Mauer, and Sano.

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    Last edited by MarcusE; 04-16-2013 at 02:43 PM.

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    Weekly Roundup
    Catching up on the action so far...

    9G | 33 PA | .258/.303/.355 | 1SB/0CS | 4E/2DP

    Notes: Let's hope the early season errors are merely cold-weather induced.

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    Niko seems to be a great kid. Certainly rooting for him. Posting on Saturday, April 20th - He helped Cedar Rapids avoid a sweep with a couple of singles and a couple of RBIs in an 11 - 2 victory of Peoria. Has good range. We will hope that the batting average and overall approach at the plate continues to improve this season so that he can advance and let us see if he can get to Target Field at Short Stop. Certainly seems like the path is open at that position.

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    Here is the video of Niko's walk-off single in Game 2 this season in Cedar Rapids. Scored Travis Harrison from second base.


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    Sunday, April 21

    Goodrum delivered a 2 run single today that proved to be the game winner in the Cedar Rapids Kernels 3-2. This was at least the second game winning hit (not my favorite stat) of the season. Niko's never going to be a power bat at short. That's not his game. However, I like the fact that there seems to be a little clutch in his stick. Should help his confidence level as well.

    I think it is obvious that at the major league level, Minnesota is anything but settled in the middle of the infield. In fact, with some highly touted pitching prospects added recently- it may now be the Twins' biggest area of need. I still see no super-prospects in the system other than (I hope) Eddie Rossario. Perhaps if Niko continues to develop and improve, he could move himself into that conversation.

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    Weekly Roundup (4/16-4/21)
    A nice week for Niko, including another game-winning RBI last night.

    On the week, good plate discipline & solid defense:

    5G | 22 PA | 6-1B/1-2B/0-3B/0-HR/4-RBI | 5-BB/6-SO | 1SB/0CS | 0E/2DP

    On the season:

    14G | 55 PA | .298/.400/.383 | 5RBI/7R | 2SB/0CS | 4E/4DP

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    Niko connected for his first home run of the season tonight in Cedar Rapids 16-7 win.

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    Weekly Roundup (4/22-4/28)
    Another solid week for young Mr. Goodrum including his first home run of the season. Niko's slowly molding himself into a top-of-order type of hitter with high OBPs, good speed and run-scoring ability. Also notable, he hasn't committed an error at SS in 11 straight games:

    5G | 27 PA | 4-1B/1-2B/0-3B/1-HR/2-RBI/7R | 6-BB/6-SO | 0SB/2CS | 0E/4DP

    On the season:

    19G | 82 PA | .294/.415/.412 | 7RBI/14R | 2SB/2CS | 4E/8DP

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    Weekly Roundup (4/29-5/5)
    Another nice week for Niko. Hitting primarily in the #2 spot for the red-hot Kernels, Niko is quietly molding himself into an on-base machine. To wit, he's currently in the midst of a 17-game on-base streak during which he has taken at least one walk in 14 games and multiple walks in 6 games. Predictably, this high on-base proclivity has lead to an impressive 19 runs scored during the streak.

    Defensively, playing mainly at SS with one game at 3B, Niko has also been solid. In fact, yesterday he ended a 16 game error-free streak.

    On the week:

    6G | 29 PA | 4-1B/1-2B/0-3B/0-HR/2-RBI/8R | 8-BB/5-SO | 1SB/0CS | 1E/2DP

    On the season:

    25G | 111 PA | .281/.423/.382 | 9RBI/22R | 3SB/2CS | 5E/10DP

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    Weekly Roundup (5/6-5/12)
    For some reason, Niko started the week with a couple games at DH and proceeded to go 0-9 with 4 strikeouts. However, after being re-inserted in the defensive lineup, Niko got back to his hot hitting ways and ended the week with a superb 3-4 with 1BB and 1SF performance in the Kernels Sunday 23-run drubbing of the Snappers.

    Manager Mauer also continues to sparingly use Niko at 3B. I take this as merely evidence of the surplus of middle infielders at Cedar Rapids, but who knows?

    On the week:

    5G | 24 PA | 4-1B/1-2B/1-3B/0-HR/4-RBI/4R | 2-BB/7-SO | 1SB/0CS | 2E/0DP

    On the season:

    30G | 135 PA | .282/.407/.391 | 13RBI/26R | 3SB/2CS | 7E/10DP
    Last edited by MarcusE; 05-20-2013 at 03:43 PM.

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    Of the position players for the Kernels, only Buxton, Polanco and Harrison are younger than he is.
    That has me be really pleased with his .407 OBP.

    A long way off, but he is another young man it is fun to be optimistic about.

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    Niko is pretty impressive! There's some question about if he'll stay at SS or eventually move to 3B (obviously, in part, depends on Sano and Harrison). Offensively, he's got a nice approach and a smooth swing. Defensively, I thought he looked pretty good at SS.

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    John Sickels posted a quite complimentary write-up on Niko (and Jorge Polanco) today: Prospect Notes: Niko Goodrum, Jorge Polanco - Minor League Ball

    "Goodrum is a switch-hitter listed at 6-4, 190. He's gained at least an inch and 20 pounds since high school and may not be done growing. His athleticism really stands out on the field; I felt he was second only to Byron Buxton in terms of quickness and agility in the pre-game workouts. He also has a very strong throwing arm, easily the best I saw during infield drills."

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    Weekly Roundup (5/13-5/19)
    Busy week, bad week, numbers dropping...

    On the week:

    8G | 34 PA | 2-1B/4-2B/1-3B/0-HR/4-RBI/1R | 1-BB/9-SO | 0SB/0CS | 1E/4DP

    On the season:

    38G | 169 PA | .270/.385/.397 | 17RBI/27R | 3SB/2CS | 8E/10DP

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    Weekly Roundup (5/20-5/27)
    Very quiet week for Niko, numbers still dropping...Alarmingly, he's hit into double plays in 4 straight games after doing so just twice in the first 38 games. Hitting behind on-base machine Buxton, this is not a good trend. Let's hope Niko gets the ship righted asap and this 2-week stretch of bad baseball will fade away quickly.

    On the week:

    4G | 18 PA | 2-1B/0-2B/1-3B/0-HR/5-RBI/1R | 2-BB/1-SO | 1SB/0CS | 1E/5DP

    On the season:

    42G | 187 PA | .261/.374/.389 | 22RBI/28R | 4SB/2CS | 9E/15DP

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    Weekly Roundup (5/28-6/2)
    A good week for Niko with a terrible ending. Last night Niko was carted off the field after a home plate collision and taken to the hospital. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and eased fans minds a bit by tweeting last night, “Hey guys everything has checked out. I’m going to be just fine. Thanks for the well wishes!”

    Let's pray that everything is okay and Niko is back relatively quickly. Twins fans, unfortunately, know all too well how damaging concussions can be to a player's career.

    On the week:

    6G | 25 PA | 5-1B/1-2B/0-3B/0-HR/6-RBI/2R | 4-BB/7-SO | 1SB/0CS | 1E/5DP

    On the season:

    48G | 212 PA | .270/.382/.388 | 28RBI/30R | 5SB/2CS | 10E/18DP

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    Following up - Niko was place on the DL. Also a illustrative photo of the collision: Goodrum placed on DL, Licon to join Kernels | TheGazette

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    Scary stuff. Niko being carted off on a stretcher and driven away by on-field ambulance:


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    Does anyone have an update on his status?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
    Does anyone have an update on his status?
    Just this morning, he said that he does have a little bit of a headache, but it's not too bad. He is really hoping (as you would expect) to join his teammates back on the field as soon as possible. He hopes that it is just a 7 day thing, but with such a talented young man, the Twins are wise to be as patient and conservative as they need.

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