Medfield High’s own Jack Goodman is known to be a baseball prodigy. From a young age, the slugger has played with top talent nationwide. After committing to Pepperdine for D1 baseball in 2020, the star shortstop dominated during his junior year at Medfield High School, leading the team to an appearance in the state final. Goodman’s ability was validated at the highest level earlier this month when he was taken in the 15th round of the 2022 Major League Baseball draft (439 overall) by the Texas Rangers, a monumental accomplishment for both Goodman and the Medfield baseball program.
“It was truly a surreal moment,” Goodman stated when reflecting on draft night. Jack is thankful for his family, friends, teammates, and coaches; wanting to emphasize that he would not be in his position without everyone by his side. “I really want my teammates to feel proud with me, not just proud of me, because they really were a huge part of it.”
Goodman is proud to be a Medfield Warrior to his core, passing up the allure of attending private schools in favor of sticking with his hometown high school. As a kid, he looked up to Medfield stars like pitcher Chris McGrory, who went on to play at Harvard University. Goodman then made it his goal to represent Medfield High to the best of his ability.
Goodman carried the offense for the Medfield Warriors throughout the 2022 season. Batting .523 on the year, Jack led the team in hits (45), home runs (7), and runs scored (38). Jack led the Warriors to the round of eight, where the boys lost in an upset to 10th-seeded Newburyport. Goodman continues to fine-tune his skills through the summer, playing with Worcester Bravehearts in the very competitive Futures League, where he is off to a great start despite his age and lack of college-ball experience. Jack has been solid in the field and is currently batting .296 through 81 at-bats. His impressive showing has earned him a Futures League All-Star spot in just his first season. Given his success as a high schooler, it is clear that Goodman has a promising future at the professional level.
As for Goodman’s near future, he says that he is not ruling out any options. The Pepperdine commit will either continue on the path of college ball and forgo the pros for a few years, or take the jump now to become a professional in the Texas Rangers organization.
The deadline to declare for the pros is August 1, so Hometown Weekly will keep you posted on Jack’s decision.