This is an interview with Twins IF Prospect Niko Goodrum. Niko was the Minnesota Twins 2nd round pick in the 2010 Draft. I look at Niko as the same type of player as Billy Hamilton, who is one of the Cincinnati Reds top prospects. Niko played his first pro season in the GCL in Ft. Myers and looks to get to a much higher level next season. Something that I found interesting about this interview, he and the last player I interview not too long ago, Shawon Dunston Jr., both have the same favorite player; Dexter Fowler. Anyway, Niko was great in this interview and it was a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it.
Me: Talk to me about your first season of pro ball and how happy you were to have begun quickly after the draft.
Niko: My first season of pro ball was great . I enjoyed every moment of it . I’ve learned so many things in such a short time . Enjoyed meeting all of my new teammates . My decision to start so soon was one of the best decisions because it got me into pro ball to get adjusted and experienced.
Me: Explain the process from after the draft to the when you signed and how that went.
Niko: My first season of pro ball was great. I enjoyed every moment of it . I’ve learned so many things in such a short time. Enjoyed meeting all of my new teammates . My decision to start so soon was one of the best decisions because it got me into pro ball to get adjusted and experienced .
Me: What are your expectations for next season and what are you most excited for?
Niko: My expectation for next year is to move to the next level . Get back to Spring Training and to get started .
Me: In my opinion, you are the perfect Twins type of player because you are very toolsy and play the game right. What kind of player do you see yourself as going forward?
Niko: Thanks . Going forward I will always play the game the right way . Or as we say it , the Twins Way . Playing hard and giving my all each and everyday . Doing what I have to do to get the job done . I love this game . In the future , I see myself as a fast , quick , strong , athletic , fundemental , hardworking and smart baseball player . Never giving up .
Me: Describe your game and what you think is your best tool.
Niko: My game is being able to play multiple positions at the pro level . I feel I’m capable of being a 5 tool guy . At this time my arm is my best tool .
Me: What do you plan to do this off-season to prepare for Spring Training and the Upcoming Season?
Niko: To get ready for Spring Training and the upcoming season , I am doing lifting programs , speed training , pilates , fielding ground balls , throwing , hitting and running .
Me: Who has been your Major influence to getting you to this level?
Niko: My parents were a great influence . But my Dad has been my biggest influence throughout it all .
Me: Have you reached out or talked to any other Twins recent picks i the years or in the 2010 draft such as Aaron Hicks or from the recent draft someone like Alex Wimmers?
Niko: Yes , Aaron and Alex both played in instructional league with me . Their both great guys . Aaron and I became real cool . My roommate is JD Williams . Him and I became great friends . A friend for life .
Me: Your favorite player in Major League Baseball is _________
Niko: My favorite player in the Major League is Dexter Fowler .
Me: Last question, who was the best pitcher you faced in High School and in the minors in ’10?
Niko: The best pitcher I faced in High School is Cam Bedrosian and in the Minor League is was a lefty for the Orioles . Can’t remember his name . I believe he was from the Dominican Republic .