WASH: Nationals could have drafted Josh Bell in 2011

Washington Nationals 2011 Draft picks Alex Meyer #17, Anthony Rendon #23 and Brian Goodwin #24 are introduced to the media at Nationals Park on August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals 2011 Draft picks Alex Meyer #17, Anthony Rendon #23 and Brian Goodwin #24 are introduced to the media at Nationals Park on August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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The Washington Nationals gave Brian Goodwin a $3M signing bonus after they took him in the 2011 draft.
Brian Goodwin #8 of the Washington Nationals runs to first base against the Boston Red Sox at Nationals Park on July 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Brian Goodwin

With the second pick gifted as compensation for Dunn, the Nationals selected Brian Goodwin, an outfielder out of Miami-Dade College. At pick 34, Goodwin signed for $3M, or more than each of the twenty-five picks ahead of him.

Goodwin debuted for the Nationals in 2016 and was the fourth outfielder on the 2017 team. He hit 13 home runs with a .251 average and looked like he would fight for more at-bats the following year.

That wasn’t the case

Goodwin was hitting .200 when he became a roster casualty in 2018. The Nationals needed another arm at the major league level and Goodwin was out of minor league options. When Sammy Solis was added to the bullpen, Goodwin was traded to the Kansas City Royals for relief pitcher, Jacob Condra-Bogan.

Congra-Bogan was 7-4 at Double-A Harrisburg in 2019.

The Royals put Goodwin on waivers prior to the 2019 season and the Los Angeles Angles claimed him. For the first time in his career Goodwin received regular playing time and he responded by hitting 17 home runs. By 2020 he was on the Cincinnati Reds and after being non-tendered this offseason, Goodwin is currently a free agent.

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Josh Bell could have been had at this draft spot as well.

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