Brian Goodwin is the best athlete in the Washington Nationals system, according to Baseball America. The scouting publication also considers the center fielder as the third best prospect overall among the Washington Nationals' top 10 prospects.
FanGraphs.com was even more praiseworthy of Brian Goodwin, rating him first overall among the Washington Nationals' top 15 prospects.
And Ryan Kelley, of BaseballNewsHound.com, gives a glowing scouting report of the Nationals' prized prospect:
Brian Goodwin is a true five-tool athlete. He’s equipped with all of the ingredients for super-stardom– bat speed, a sweet swing, acrobatic body control and Ferrari running speed. But Goodwin truly separates himself from other flashy, toolsy prospects with his work-ethic and seemingly inherent feel for the game. He polishes his mechanics and fundamentals daily, and always strives to improve himself. He can run like a track star and make leaping catches like an NFL wide receiver, but most important, he can hit like a big leaguer.
Labels like tools prospect continues to follow him around, and yes, he has the tools to garner these labels. But, unlike other five-tool players, he isn’t a raw player development project. In fact, he’s anything but. He steps up to the plate and carries a well-coached approach in to the box. He takes a smooth, refined cut, and exercises veteran-grade pitch selectivity.
He’s surprisingly polished for a twenty-two-year old kid straight out of college. For those scouts who firmly believe you can’t teach plate discipline, check-out Brian Goodwin’s track record. He’s gone from a hacker, to one of the more smart, disciplined batters in the Nats’ organization. He simply does everything well. Only one season in to his professional career, he’s already playing ball like a future big league star, and aptitude like that is rare, even in league’s jam-packed with blue-chip talent.
This first round selection from the 2011 Draft will make an impact whenever he arrives in the major leagues. But with newfound organizational depth at his natural position, Brian Goodwin can take his time to develop.