GOFORTH, DAVID

Position: Pitcher

DOB: October 11, 1988

Height: 5’10” / Weight: 205

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (7th round, 2011)

Profile: 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 a year later. After signing with the Brewers, he began his pro career in Helena in 2011, then moved up to Wisconsin in 2012, joining the Timber Rattlers starting rotation. Goforth split 2013 between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville, moving into the bullpen with the Stars. He returned to Huntsville in 2014, taking over as the team’s closer, then opened 2015 at Triple-A Colorado Springs before receiving a promotion to Milwaukee. He made his big league debut with the Brewers in late May, then spent 2016 bouncing between Colorado Springs and Milwaukee. A hard thrower with a fastball that sits in the mid 90’s, Goforth also mixes in a slider and a sinker but has struggled to command his pitches at times, resulting in unnecessary base runners. When he’s pounding the strike zone, Goforth has shown an ability to induce ground balls while also blowing his heater past hitters.

2011: After signing with Milwaukee following his junior season at Mississippi, Goforth made his way to Helena to begin his pro career in the Pioneer League. He made 19 relief appearances there, going 0-4 with a 4.43 earned run average over 40.2 innings of work.

2012: The Brewers promoted Goforth to Class-A Wisconsin in 2012, inserting him into the starting rotation there. He made 28 starts for the Timber Rattlers and went 10-8 with a 4.66 ERA while helping the team to a Midwest League Championship title.

2013: Goforth moved up to High-A Brevard County in 2013 and got off to a strong start to the year. In 14 starts for the Manatees, he went 7-5 with a 3.10 ERA, earning a spot on the Florida State League All-Star team and a promotion to Double-A Huntsville. He finished out the year with the Stars, going 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .192 batting average over 46.2 innings.

2014: Returning to Huntsville in 2014, Goforth took over as the team’s closer and racked up 54 appearances, converting 27 of 33 save chances. He finished the year 5-4 with a 3.76 ERA and was named to the Southern League All-Star team.

2015: The Brewers gave Goforth a bump up to Triple-A Colorado Springs to start the 2015 season and two months into the season, called him to Milwaukee to make his MLB debut. Goforth bounced between the Sky Sox and the Brewers, making the Pacific Coast League All-Star team while also making 20 relief appearances for the Brewers.

2016: Goforth again opened up the year at Colorado Springs in 2016, and again wound up bouncing between Triple-A and the big leagues throughout the year. He worked in 42 games for the Sky Sox, recording a pair of saves, and also saw action in ten games with the Brewers, getting rocked around to the tune of a 10.97 ERA.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2015 (#16)
2014 (#13)
2013 (#22)