The Milwaukee Brewers‘ farm system has been overlooked in recent years but certainly has some highly-touted prospects. One guy to keep an eye on is 25-year-old power arm David Goforth.
Goforth was drafted in the seventh round in 2011 out of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). As of late, he’s been nothing short of impressive. He carried a 3.17 ERA last season between High-A and Double-A and continues to progress. Goforth presents a fastball that he can run into the upper 90s and seems to be on the path of a future closer. His secondary stuff is just as explosive as his fastball. Goforth has a cut fastball comparable to the great Mariano Rivera, a hammer curveball and an above-average changeup. This guy is nasty.
Goforth has experience as a starter but the Brewers feel he may be best suited in the bullpen. He is flying under the radar and doesn’t receive the hype he certainly deserves. With Jimmy Nelson, Taylor Jungmann, and Johnny Hellweg receiving most of the attention, and rightfully so, Goforth is the guy that is quickly making a name for himself. With his arm and repertoire, it’ll be very difficult for the Brewers to leave him off their 40-man roster this spring. The Brewers’ management insists their pitching prospects are developing and emerging through their system and we could see a handful of the young arms shine in 2014.
Current closer Jim Henderson, although a late bloomer and continuing to get better, is 31-years-old and the future of the bullpen is a question mark. Look for Goforth to make some noise. With his upper 90s fastball, devastating cutter, sharp as a knife curveball and rapidly improved changeup, this guy has the makeup of a closer for many years to come.