Mankato, Minn. – Former Mankato MoonDogs pitcher, Nick Goody, made his Major League debut for the New York Yankees on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Goody is the 12th former Mankato player to reach the Major League level.
Goody, who played collegiately at LSU, played for the Mankato MoonDogs in 2011. Goody was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 6th round of the 2012 MLB draft.
In 2011 with the MoonDogs, Goody was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 appearances. He also struck out 27 batters in 14 innings pitched.
Goody began his Minor League career in 2012 with the Staten Island Yankees in the Short-Season A New York-Penn League. After three games with Staten Island he was promoted to Lo-A with the Charleston RiverDogs. After appearing in 17 games with Charleston he was promoted to Hi-A Tampa in the Florida State League. Goody went a combined 1-2 with a 1.12 ERA in 23 games. He also struck out 52 batters in 32 innings pitched.
The 2013 season was a tough one for Goody as he underwent Tommy John Surgery after injuring his arm in his second appearance of the season.
Goody went back to Tampa for the 2014 season and was promoted after 14 games to Trenton in the AA Eastern League. He was 2-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 27 games between the two teams. Goody also struck out 46 batters in 31.1 innings.
Goody started the 2015 season in Trenton and then was promoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. Before his call-up to the Yankees he was 1-2 with a 1.68 ERA to go along with 70 strikeouts in 48.1 innings pitched.
In his Major League debut, versus the Texas Rangers, Goody came on in relief of Dellin Betances with two outs in the 8th inning. He then struck out Robinson Chirinos to end the inning. Goody came back out for the 9th inning and walked Delino DeShields before being replaced by Andrew Miller.
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