JOSE GODOY, CATCHER
Born: October 13, 1994
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 200
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2012 (Cardinals)
How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Twins)
Country: Venezuela
Agent: The MAS+ Agency
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Godoy is a glove-first catcher who originally signed with St. Louis.  He’s a contact-oriented hitter with minimal power who’s generally had good plate discipline in the minors.  Like with most hitters who lack power, his ability to draw walks has faded since he reached the upper-minors.  Godoy is reputed to be a good receiver.  He had a lot of success throwing out base stealers in the low minors, consistently catching over 40%, but his CS% has dropped sharply at higher levels.  In AAA it’s been just 16%.  The Pirates claimed Godoy off waivers from the Twins.

2012
DSL:  239/387/282, 142 AB, 4 2B, 1 3B, 32 BB, 22 K, 0-2 SB

In his debut season, Godoy showed a lot of patience at the plate but didn’t hit a great deal.  He threw out 46% of base stealers.

2013
R:  263/368/307, 114 AB, 5 2B, 14 BB, 18 K

The Cards moved Godoy up to the GCL, where he split time with two other catchers.  He hit slightly better, but drawing walks remained his best offensive skill.  He threw out 44%.

2014
R+:  331/423/390, 118 AB, 4 2B, 1 HR, 18 BB, 11 K
A+:  000/000/000, 4 AB, 1 K

Still moving Godoy up very slowly, the Cards sent him to the advanced rookie Appalachian League.  He hit for a high average and did a great job of putting the ball in play.

2015
A-:  234/333/318, 107 AB, 7 2B, 1 3B, 14 BB, 15 K
A+:  167/286/167, 6 AB, 1 BB, 1 K

Still moving slowly, Godoy went to the short season New York-Penn League, where he caught about 40% of the team’s games.  His hitting fell off, although he continued to make contact most of the time.

2016
A:  293/371/342, 287 AB, 11 2B, 1 HR, 29 BB, 34 K, 1-2 SB
AA:  1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 AB

The Cards finally sent Godoy to full season ball, although he still caught only about 40% of the time.  His hitting improved, although power was still lacking.

2017
A+:  265/317/374, 238 AB, 14 2B, 4 HR, 16 BB, 36 K, 1-3 SB

In the Florida State League, Godoy showed a bit more power but didn’t walk as much.

2018
A+:  289/381/374, 211 AB, 10 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 25 BB, 37 K, 2-2 SB
AA:  226/273/258, 31 AB, 1 2B, 2 BB, 3 K

Apart from nine games in AA, Godoy repeated the FSL.  His hitting improved and he returned to drawing a lot of walks.

2019
AA:  256/348/413, 160 AB, 10 2B, 5 HR, 18 BB, 30 K, 0-1 SB
AAA:  317/368/468, 79 AB, 6 2B, 2 HR, 7 BB, 16 K

Godoy finally made it to AA and then, at mid-season, AAA.  His hitting improved, especially in power, as he seems to have become more aggressive.  He wasn’t as successful against base stealers, throwing out 11% in AAA.

2020
DNP

Godoy didn’t play in the pandemic season and, afterward, became a free agent.  Seattle signed him to a minor league deal for 2021.

2021
AAA:  285/330/413, 298 AB, 15 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 19 BB, 57 K, 1-1 SB
MLB:  162/225/189, 37 AB, 1 2B, 3 BB, 14 K

Godoy started the season in AAA, then got called up in late May.  He spent about a month in the majors before going back to AAA.  He put up reasonably good numbers in the minors, but a lot of that was the product of the hitting-happy Pacific Coast League.  His OPS was well below his team’s average.

2022
AAA (Minn):  197/272/299, 137 AB, 5 2B, 3 HR, 13 BB, 41 K
AAA:  333/357/590, 39 AB, 1 2B, 3 HR, 1 BB, 7 K
MLB (Minn):  000/400/000, 3 AB, 2 BB, 2 K
MLB:  059/059/059, 17 AB, 7 K

The Mariners designated Godoy for assignment during spring training and the Giants claimed him.  Four days later, they dfa’d him and the Twins claimed him.  Minnesota outrighted Godoy to AAA in early April, but called him back up a couple weeks later.  He was called up two different times and got into two games in the majors.  He spent the rest of his time in AAA, struggling to hit, until the Twins dfa’d.  The Pirates claimed him off waivers, as Tyler Heineman had just gotten hurt.  The Pirates apparently preferred Godoy to Taylor Davis.  After about a week, though, they optioned Godoy to AAA.  Then about a week later they designated him for assignment and outrighted him to Indianapolis.  Then they called him back up near the end of the season when Heineman got hurt again.  In his time with the Pirates, Godoy established his bona fides as a Ben Cherington waiver claim by going 1-for-17.

The Pirates designated Godoy for assignment when they claimed Ali Sanchez shortly after the season.  He’ll probably elect free agency.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor League Salary
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut: 5/21/2021
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible: 2028
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 5/20/2021 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 1 (USED:  2021, 2022)
MLB Service Time: 0.065
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2012: Signed as an international free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals.
November 2, 2020: Became a free agent.
November 20, 2020: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Seattle Mariners.
May 20, 2021: Contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners.
March 13, 2022: Designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners.
March 13, 2022: Claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners by the San Francisco Giants.
March 17, 2022: Claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants by the Minnesota Twins.
April 4, 2022: Designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins; outrighted to AAA on April 10.
April 23, 2022: Called up by the Minnesota Twins.
August 1, 2022: Designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins.
August 5, 2022: Claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
August 21, 2022: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on August 23.
September 26, 2022: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
October 18, 2022: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on October 27.
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