The team’s newest member takes the mound tonight for your Bees.
Right-handed pitcher Jason Godin will make his Burlington debut, as the Bees try to leave Dayton with a split in this four-game series. Godin joined the team on Sunday, arriving in Dayton after being assigned to the Bees by the Kansas City Royals, who transferred righty Yovany Damico to extended spring training in Surprise, Arizona.
The Royals selected Godin in the fifth round of last June’s Major League Draft. Southpaw Matt Campbell (a first-round pick in 2004) and outfielder Joe Dickerson (chosen in the 4th round in 2005) are the only other current Bees who were drafted in the first five rounds.
Godin was born in Alaska but now makes his off-season home in Virginia, where he starred for Old Dominion University (in Norfolk). Last year, in 115 innings, Godin struck out 146 batters. That lofty mark was just five shy of the Colonial Athletic Conference strikeout record set by another former ODU pitcher, Justin Verlander, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year who was part of the Detroit Tigers’ memorable 2006 season.
Another close loss
Despite back-to-back homers by Kurt Mertins and Jase Turner, the Bees fell 3-2 to the red-hot Dragons last night. It’s the team’s third one-run loss in the last week. Hopefully, Godin and the Bees can wrap up this eight-game homestand on a positive note. Tonight’s game starts at 6 p.m. central time.