The Kansas City Royals have now made their second trade before the deadline with the Washington Nationals. The Royals sent minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan to the Nationals in exchange for center fielder, Brian Goodwin.
What did the Royals lose?
Jacob Condra-Bogan is a right handed reliever who spent most of his time with the Lexington Legends, but also the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2018. The Royals signed him as a free agent in January earlier this year.
He had just been called up to Wilmington on July 18th, so it is a quick turnaround for him. In his 26 innings of work with Lexington, Condra-Bogan yielded an ERA of 2.08 through 16 appearances. Within those innings, he gave up 18 hits, walked 2 batters, and struck out 39.
Condra-Bogan pitched just one inning with the Blue Rocks. He yielded 3 hits, a walk, and he struck out one. He has the potential to move up an organization and find some Major League time, as he is just 23 years old, but he isn’t a huge loss.
What did they pick up?
Brian Goodwin has played in 48 games for the Washington Nationals in the 2018 season. There’s a reason why his haul was just a Single A pitcher; he wasn’t getting consistent playing time. He hit the DL earlier this season with a wrist injury, but he essentially had to take on the role of being the fourth outfielder in Washington.
With the Kansas City Royals, he may be able to find the kind of success he wants at the Major League level. He arguably had a great breakout season in 2017, slashing .251/.313/.429. That was in his 74 games played.
In 2018, he slashed .200/.321/.354. Goodwin was likely not going to find the amount of playing time that he wanted with Washington. With the Kansas City Royals, a team undergoing a rebuild, he may find himself at the center of the rebuild. That is, if he can continue the direction he was seemingly headed last season.