ELMIRA, NY (WETM) – The baseball dream is now a reality for Horsehead’s Connor Godwin.
Now it’s time to take it even further. Godwin, who signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system last year, aims to keep improving this offseason. The big right-handed pitcher steps in after seeing time in instructional and rookie ball in Arizona come to an end last season.
The immediate goal is to move up the system to Class A short or extended season play, but Godwin is simply taking his opportunity one day at a time. During the holidays, Godwin returned home to help put on a special youth clinic at the Sandlot Sports Academy in Corning. He gave us his words about his first year of professional baseball.
“I feel like I hit really well at the end of the instructions and during rookie ball,” Godwin said. “I really want to take this offseason very seriously, go straight into A ball in the minor leagues next year and hopefully move up a level this year.”
The 20-year-old excelled in junior college ball at The College of Central Florida and then played in the MLB Draft League for the Frederick Keys. At 6’4″ and 207 pounds, Godwin threw five innings for the Keys going (1-1) with seven strikeouts after his time in college. For Connor, it’s simply about putting himself even more on the map.
“Get myself noticed a little more (that’s the goal),” Godwin added.
Godwin was designated to the Arizona Complex League (ACL) last August, the Dodgers’ rookie ball affiliate. ACL action begins on the field in March. 18 Sports will continue to follow Godwin’s progress in the game.