ASHTON GOUDEAU, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: August 22, 1990
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 27th Round, 828th overall pick, 2012 (Royals)
How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Rockies)
College: Maple Woods (MO) CC
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

The Royals drafted Goudeau in a late round out of junior college.  He spent seven years in the minors without gaining any notice or even reaching AAA until he was nearly 28.  In 2019, though, he made a minor change in his fastball grip and stopped throwing a slider, and suddenly had a breakout season that got him added to Colorado’s 40-man roster.  Goudeau throws the fastball from 90-96 with excellent spin that makes it a swing-and-miss pitch.  The fastball is difficult to distinguish from his curve, which has always been regarded as a good pitch.  He also throws a decent change and has good command, and at least in 2019 was extremely tough on left-handed hitters.  The Pirates claimed Goudeau off waivers.

2012
R:  1-1-1, 3.97 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 34.0 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 11.4 K/9

Goudeau pitched in relief in rookie ball, with just a decent showing as he had some control problems.

2013
R+:  1-5-0, 10.18 ERA, 2.09 WHIP, 40.2 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 5.1 K/9

The Royals moved Goudeau up only to advanced rookie ball and he had a rough time pitching both as a starter and in relief.  Opponents batted .382 against him.

2014
R:  1-0-0, 1.69 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 16.0 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 8.4 K/9
A:  0-0-0, 6.62 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 17.2 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 9.2 K/9

Kansas City sent Goudeau back to rookie ball and he pitched well, then he moved up to full season ball for seven outings.  He got hit hard, although his walk and K rates were good.

2015
A:  1-0-1, 3.06 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 17.2 IP, 1.0 BB/9, 10.7 K/9
A+:  6-4-1, 3.26 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 69.0 IP, 1.3 BB/9, 8.0 K/9

Goudeau opened the season at low A and, after seven games in relief, moved up to high A.  He started five games there and otherwise pitched in relief.  Goudeau pitched well at both levels, with good walk and K rates.

2016
A+:  2-4-0, 5.14 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 35.0 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
AA:  5-13-0, 5.34 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 92.2 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 6.6 K/9

Starting off back in high A, Goudeau mostly pitched as a starter and got hit hard.  The Royals moved him up to AA for most of the season, where he continued to start most of the time and continued to get hit hard.

2017
R:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
AA:  3-7-1, 5.37 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 57.0 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

Goudeau went back to AA, serving as a swing man until early July, when he got hurt.  He returned in time just to make two rehab appearances and one last appearance in AA.  He mostly struggled, with opponents batting .317 against him.

2018
A+:  1-1-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 14.0 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 7.7 K/9
AA:  4-5-0, 4.38 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 51.1 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 6.1 K/9
AAA:  1-5-0, 8.20 ERA, 2.09 WHIP, 37.1 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

In spring training, Kansas City sent Goudeau and three other players to Seattle in a cash deal.  The Mariners started Goudeau off in AAA, where he got hammered.  He spent the last two months of the season in high A and AA.  He became a free agent after the season and signed with Colorado.

2019
AA:  3-3-0, 2.97 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 78.1 IP, 1.4 BB/9, 10.5 K/9

Goudeau served as a starter for the Rockies in AA and was outstanding in 16 starts.  He missed two months with an injury, but otherwise opponents batted just 215/247/330 against him.  He was even better in the Arizona Fall League, allowing just four hits and no walks over 13 innings, with 17 strikeouts.  The Rockies added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

2020
MLB:   0-0-0, 7.56 ERA, 2.04 WHIP, 8.1 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 2.2 K/9

Goudeau shuttled back and forth between the Rockies’ training facility and the majors during the truncated season.  He got into four games and had a rough time, giving up nearly two hits per inning.  Colorado designated him for assignment after the season.

Goudeau has followed an unusual career path, to put it mildly, but observers seem impressed by the changes he’s made recently.  He has two options left and could serve as starting depth for the Pirates, or he might get a shot at the major league bullpen.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Major League Minimum
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut: 8/29/2020
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2026
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2019
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2020)
MLB Service Time: 0.092
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2012: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 27th round, 828th overall pick; signed on June 9.
March 20, 2018:
Traded by the Kansas City Royals with David McKay, Matt Tenuta and Colin Rodgers to the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations.
November 2, 2018:
Became a free agent.
November 16, 2018:
Signed by the Colorado Rockies as a minor league free agent.
November 20, 2019:
Contract purchased by the Colorado Rockies.
March 26, 2019: Traded by the San Francisco Giants with to the Los Angeles Angels for Williams Jerez.
May 7, 2019: Designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels.
November 25, 2020: Claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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