But the two-year layoff was worth the wait, as Goldberg emerged as Ohio State's ace in his senior season. He compiled a 6-1 record while holding a 2.99 ERA over 15 starts. He struck out 68 batters in 81 1/3 innings while walking 46.
Goldberg's slider has only improved as an out pitch. It shows good tilt and sits in the 82-84-mph range. His best pitch, however, is his fastball, which can reach the mid-90s and usually sits between 89-92 mph. Ohio State coaches have made much his fastball much more consistent this season than it was at Coastal Carolina.
While Goldberg excelled as a starter with the Buckeyes, Ohio State coach Greg Beals told Baseball America the senior might rise faster in Chicago's organization if he transitioned to a reliever.
Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.