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Minor League report: Godwin making good on potential.


Date published: 5/1/2005

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The Nationals thought so highly of Godwin in Spring Training that they traded minor league pitcher Aaron Wideman to the Blue Jays so they could send Godwin to Triple-A.

He hasn't disappointed.

Through Friday's games, the Godwin was leading the Zephyrs with a .395 batting average--which ranks fifth in the Pacific Coast League--and continues to develop as a hitter.

He's hit leadoff and third for New Orleans, and is just a call away from making his big league debut and finally answering the doubters who questioned him when he chose college over professional baseball.

"I always felt like I a good enough investment," Godwin said. "I felt in the long run that it will all come."

Nice grab

Washington general manager Jim Bowden picked Travis Hughes up off waivers at the end of Spring Training, but never expected the type of performance the former Texas Rangers' prospect has turned in.

"He's been perfect. Not a run, not a hit," Bowden said. "He's throwing 94, 95 [mph] and hasn't given up a hit yet."

That's true. Through eight games and 8 innings, the 6-foot-5 right-hander has allowed just two walks and struck out eight.

Et cetera

Potomac Nationals pitcher Mike O'Connor struck out 15 batters in 6 innings Wednesday. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a solo home run.

To reach TODD JACOBSON: 540/374-5440 tjacobson@freelancestar.com


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