After three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, infielder Javier Godard put together a solid US debut last season in the Arizona Rookie League. Godard hit .277 with a .347 OBP last year while also playing solid defense.
This season, Godard has spent the entire year with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. Although Godard’s slashline isn’t as strong as it was last year (.169/.283/.203), he has walked 18 times against 22 strike-outs and he’s provided value defensively. Godard has played second base, third base, right field and left field for the Lake Monsters this year. He’s also pitched in two games as an emergency replacement.
Donald Moore spoke with Godard about his 2017 season.
Donald Moore: Hi Javier, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Javier Godard: Pretty good, I have been doing my job and everything is going good.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
JG: Finish strong and have a successful season.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
JG: My defense. It’s the best thing that I have and I can really deal with it.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
JG: My speed and my hitting.
DM: How many years have you’ve been playing professionally?
JG: It’s my fifth year. I played in the DSL for three years and then came here. It’s my second year playing in the United States. I was 17 years old when I signed my first contract.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional athlete?
JG: It’s something different and it’s pretty good to be here and it’s a big opportunity.
DM: Any pre-game routine?
JG: Get ready and don’t think about it too much. Just go with the flow.
DM: Any hobbies?
JG: Go to the movies or something. I like to play golf and tennis.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
JG: The New York Yankees.
DM: Where are you originally from?
JG: Baruta, Venezuela.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
JG: My dad.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball field?
JG: The triple play we had this year. That was pretty amazing.
DM: Any off-season plans?
JG: No, just take rest and see my brother and keep practicing.
DM: Thank you so much for your time and the best of luck to you and your future.
JG: Thank you.
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