Goins with the Toronto Blue Jays
|Toronto Blue Jays – No. 17|
|Second baseman / Shortstop|
February 13, 1988 |
Round Rock, Texas
|August 23, 2013, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
(through August 24, 2016)
|Runs batted in||80|
Goins attended Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas, where he played on his school's baseball team as a shortstop. He then enrolled at Dallas Baptist University, where he played college baseball for the Dallas Baptist Patriots from 2007 to 2009. In three seasons, Goins hit 32 home runs and recorded 117 runs batted in (RBIs). In 2009, he set the Patriots record for home runs in a single season with 22. In 2008, Goins played for the Waterloo Bucks in the Northwoods League during the offseason.
Minor league career
The Blue Jays drafted Goins in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB draft. He was assigned to the Rookie Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, and also played for the Short Season Auburn Doubledays and Class-A Lansing Lugnuts in 2009, collectively batting .246 with 17 RBIs. In 2010, Goins played 77 games with the Lugnuts and batted .308 before he was promoted to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays. In 124 total games in 2010, Goins batted .271 with 3 home runs and 53 RBIs. Apart from 1 rehab game in the Gulf Coast, Goins played the entire 2011 season in Dunedin, and batted .284 with 3 home runs and 52 RBIs.
Goins played for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2012, batting .289 with 7 home runs and 61 RBIs in a career-high 136 games played. After the season ended Goins played 13 games with the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, and hit .133 with 5 RBIs. The Blue Jays added him to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season. For most of the 2013 season, Goins played for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He was batting .257 with 6 home runs and 46 RBIs for the Bisons before his promotion.
Toronto Blue Jays
Goins was called up by the Blue Jays on August 22, 2013, when Maicer Izturis was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He made his MLB debut on August 23, batting ninth and playing second base against the Houston Astros. Goins would later move to shortstop and finished the game 2–4 with a double. He recorded his first career RBI on August 25 when he grounded out in the ninth inning. On August 31, 2013, Goins tied a Blue Jays franchise record by hitting in his 8th consecutive game to begin his major league career. Jesse Barfield also opened his career with an 8-game hitting streak in 1981. Goins' hit streak ended at 8 games on September 1 against the Kansas City Royals, when he went 0–4 with 2 strikeouts. He hit his first big league home run on September 18, off David Huff of the New York Yankees, and would finish the season with a .252 average, 2 home runs, and 8 RBIs.
Goins attended 2014 spring training, seeing regular playing time at second base. He was announced as the starting second baseman for the Blue Jays on March 24, after posting a batting average of just .176. He was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on April 28. On July 22, Goins was recalled from Buffalo. He set career-highs in both hits and RBI, with 4 each, in a 14–1 win over the Boston Red Sox on July 28. He was sent down once again, before being called up on September 1. In total for 2014, Goins batted .188 with 1 home run and 15 RBI in 67 games.
Goins did not make the 2015 Opening Day roster out of spring training, with Toronto opting to open the season with an 8-man bullpen. On April 16, he was recalled from Buffalo after Todd Redmond was designated for assignment. Goins became the starting shortstop on April 28, as José Reyes was placed on the disabled list with a cracked rib. After Reyes returned from the disabled list on May 25, Goins remained with the Blue Jays as a utility infielder. On July 26, he became the starting second baseman due to an injury to Devon Travis. It was at this time that Blue Jays' hitting coach, Brook Jacoby, made a change to Goins' batting stance. Rather than hold the bat above his shoulder while awaiting a pitch, Jacoby had Goins lower the bat and rest it on his shoulder before swinging. The change paid immediate dividends, as Goins experienced the most productive month of his career, batting .314 with 2 home runs, 16 walks, and an .885 on-base plus slugging (OPS) in August. On September 1, Goins hit a 2-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 5–3. Goins would record the first 5-hit game for a shortstop in franchise history on September 30, aiding the Blue Jays to a division-clinching 15–2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Goins played in a career-high 128 games in the 2015 regular season, and batted .250 with 5 home runs and 45 RBI. He played in all 5 games of the 2015 American League Division Series, and went hitless in 17 at-bats. In game 3 of the 2015 American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals, Goins hit his first postseason home run, drove in three runs and scored twice to help Toronto to an 11–8 win. On July 1, 2016, Goins made his professional pitching debut, being pressed into service in the 18th inning of a 19 inning marathon game against the Cleveland Indians. Goins was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day with forearm tightness. He was activated on August 1, and optioned to Buffalo on August 2. On August 19, Goins was recalled from Triple-A.
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