Ethan Goforth

Born: June 25, 1997
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 25th Round, 754th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: Carson-Newman College


Goforth was an all-conference catcher for Carson-Newman.  He was also one of the team’s two best hitters, putting up a 376/483/672 line.  The power was a significant increase from 2018, when he hit 318/394/448.  His home run total went from two to a team-leading 11.  Goforth runs well enough that he stole 15 bases in 19 attempts.  He threw out 33% of base stealers in 2018. lists him as a senior, but he redshirted in his freshman year so he had a year of eligibility remaining.  He signed a week after the draft.

R+:  226/294/371, 62 AB, 3 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB, 19 K, 0-2 SB

The Pirates sent Goforth to Bristol, where he was the backup to Eli Wilson.  At the plate he showed a little power, but his walk and K rates obviously were very bad.  Behind the plate, he looked at times like his receiving could improve, but he threw out 37% of base stealers.

Goforth figures to back up at the lower levels.  He seems to have some upside as a power hitter, but needs to make much better contact.

2020: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round, 754th overall pick; signed on June 13.