“There’s comfort there now,” said Jared Porter, the team’s director of professional scouting. “He’s been good in the outfield. The fact that he’s played so much right field shows you that.”
Nava, a switch-hitter, also improved the consistency of his swing from the right side, his OPS climbing by 100 points. Through Sunday, he was ranked in the top seven among American League outfielders in batting average (.288), on-base percentage (.383), RBIs (44), and OPS (.843).
“Daniel has been one of the keys to our season,” Sox manger John Farrell said. “I don’t think there’s much question about that.”
Watching from afar, Goodwin feels a sense of satisfaction.
“Daniel was looking to get an edge,” he said. “It’s good to see somebody succeed because they went about their business the right way.”
Porter was one of the scouts who recommended Nava after seeing him in independent ball in 2007. The player he is watching now is much different.
“Daniel has exceeded expectations,” Porter said. “It’s not very often you can say that. He always could hit, now he’s a well-rounded player. He’s gone beyond what we could have hoped.”