The New York Yankees announced that they had designated right-handed pitcher Nick Goody for assignment.
In order to make room for Chapman on the 40-man roster, the @yankees designated RHP Nick Goody for assignment.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) December 16, 2016
The transaction opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman, whose signing is now made official.
The move to DFA the 25-year old right-hander comes as a bit of a surprise. Despite pitching to a sub-par 4.66 ERA in 29 innings out of the big-league bullpen in 2016, Nick Goody did post an impressive 10.6 K/9 ratio along with a 3/7 BB/9 ratio.
That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if the right-hander is traded or claimed before clearing waivers.
Over the last two seasons in the Yankees pipeline, the Orlando, Florida native has shown overly impressive control, recording 119 strikeouts while walking just 25 batters in 85.2 innings pitched between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton. He’s also allowed just 16 earned run while scattering 55 base hits in that span.
Though Goody doesn’t exactly smoke the cover off the ball like other pitchers in the Yankees system, his fastball does hover around the low 90’s, and he did manage to record a solid 15% swing and miss rate in the majors courtesy of his plus slider.
Goody was drafted by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 2012 Amateur Draft.