DAVID GOFORTH (RHP)
Profile: With starting pitcher Wily Peralta landing on the disabled list on Monday, a roster spot opened up and Goforth was promoted to join an over-worked bullpen in Milwaukee.
Originally drafted in the 31st round by the Cleveland Indians in 2010, Goforth opted to return to the University of Mississippi for the 2011 season and the decision paid off when Milwaukee selected him in the seventh round the following season.
After signing in 2011, he began his pro career at Helena where he made 19 relief appearances before being inserted in to the starting rotation at Wisconsin the following season. In 28 starts for the Timber Rattlers in 2012, Goforth went 10-8 with a 4.66 earned run average.
He advanced to High-A Brevard county to begin the 2013 campaign and started 14 games for the Manatees, going 7-5 with a 3.10 ERA and earning a promotion to Double-A Huntsville. Goforth made 20 Double-A appearances in 2013, starting four games and was 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA.
After making the move back to the bullpen in the latter half of 2013, Goforth returned to Huntsville as the Stars closer last season and in 54 games, went 5-4 with a 3.76 ERA and racked up 27 saves, impressing the Brewers enough to be added to their 40-man roster last November. He received a promotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs to begin the 2015 season and after getting off to a rough start, turned things around, allowing just one run in his last ten outings.
Strengths: Goforth’s best pitch is his high-90’s fastball that he can blow by both lefties and righties and plays up a few ticks in a relief role. He also mixes in a slider and a changeup and has shown the ability to handle the high pressure of working in the late innings of games, racking up 34 minor league saves. Goforth has been especially tough on right-handed hitters this season, holding opposing righties to an 0.83 average.
Weaknesses: Despite his big fastball, Goforth doesn’t have huge strikeout numbers. He’s averaged just 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings through his first five minor league seasons. He struggles with his command at times, putting himself in to some tough situations by allowing too many extra runners on base via the walk. Goforth has a lot of effort to his delivery as well which limits him to shorter stints.
Future: Ever since he was drafted, scouts predicted that Goforth would wind up in the bullpen and even though he enjoyed some success as a starter, Goforth’s future with the Brewers is as a reliever. He’ll join an already crowded bullpen in Milwaukee where he could become a fixture over the next several seasons. Goforth will need to show he can get hitters out at the highest level, but he’s another hard throwing option who could eventually assume a more prominent role in the later innings.