Tuesday, January 15, 2013

T-Bones re-sign “Comeback Player” Goodwin


The Kansas City T-Bones have announced that they’ve re-signed infielder Devin Goodwin.

Goodwin, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds from Russellville, Ala., joined the T-Bones a week into the 2012 season, and ended up finishing in a tie for second in the American Association with 18 home runs.

During the final week of the season, Goodwin, who batted .287, had two two-home-run games. Additionally, he finished the season with 57 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

“Goody is a younger player who offers us a lot of flexibility, being able to play second base, shortstop and third,” said T-Bones manager Kenny Hook. “Obviously he showed with 18 home runs that he has some pop in his bat, but he’s capable of hitting for a higher average and having more consistent at-bats. I look for him to be an important part of our club in 2013.”

Goodwin was a 33rd round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009. He spent two seasons with the Cardinals’ single-A teams in Batavia, Quad Cities and Palm Beach.

The Cardinals released him after the 2010 season, and he didn’t play in 2011. After his performance for Kansas City last season, he was selected as the club’s “Comeback Player of the Year.”

“I’d like to think he resurrected his career with the T-Bones,” said Hook. “He’s young enough at 26 that he could get back on track and end up with an organization.”