|Born: May 25, 1985
Drafted: 9th Round, 281st Overall, 2006 (Indians)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Kansas State University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Goedert has been mostly a good hitter in the upper minors, with solid or better power. He had very good plate discipline in the low minors, but it hasn’t been as good higher up. He struggled through much of the 2007-09 seasons, some of it seemingly related to recurring shoulder problems. He’s played mostly third in the minors, where he’s not a good defender. He’s also seen time at first, second and in the outfield corners.
Goedert played third regularly in short season ball, but didn’t hit a great deal. He had labrum surgery after the season,
Goedert provided a good lesson on why it’s not a good idea to get all worked up over a college hitter tearing up low A. He hit even better there than Matt Curry did. He moved up to high A and didn’t hit nearly as much, although his plate discipline remained very good and he hit for decent power. He also reinjured the shoulder, which cost him a good deal of playing time. He played mainly second in high A.
Goedert spent the season back in high A, playing mostly third but some at second. He didn’t hit with much authority, but continued to post a good BB:K ratio. The shoulder injury apparently continued to bother him.
The Indians moved Goedert up to AA and he struggled, despite continued good BB and K numbers. He also missed part of the season with an oblique injury.
Goedert returned to AA and started hitting very well, although his plate discipline slipped. He hit pretty much the same after a promotion to AAA, except for an 80-point drop in his BABIP. The Indians added him to their 40-man roster after the season.
Goedert opened the season back on the disabled list with an oblique injury. He eventually returned to AAA and hit well, but at that point he was 26. He started playing some at first. The Indians removed him from the 40-man roster during the season.
For some reason, the Indians sent Goedert back to AA, where he hammered the ball. He spent the bulk of the season in AAA, playing first, third and the outfield corners. He hit similarly to 2011, but not quite as well, with his plate discipline dropping off.
Aside from Ivan De Jesus, Jr., none of the veterans the Pirates acquired to play in AAA hit well, and Goedert was no exception. He got off to a slow start and never hit better than .261 in any month, which was as low as his worst full season’s average in any year since he reached AAA. He hit six HRs in May, but no more than two in any other month. (Oddly, Matt Hague also hit over half of his HRs in May.) Goedert played third regularly all year.
Goedert will be a free agent in the fall and will probably move on.
|2013: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: $70,000
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2013
MLB FA Eligible: 2018
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: November 19, 2010
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2011)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 4, 2003: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 36th round, 1068th overall pick.
July 6, 2006: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 9th round, 281st overall pick; signed on June 16.
November 19, 2010: Contract purchased by the Cleveland Indians.
July 22, 2011: Designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.
November 6, 2012: Became a free agent.
November 7, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.