The Reds acquired athletic infielder/outfielder Tyler Goeddel off of waivers from the Phillies this afternoon and assigned him to AAA-Louisville. To make room for Goeddel, the Reds placed Anthony DeSclafani on the 60-day DL. They’ll have to make another roster move to promote Bronson Arroyo for his upcoming start.
Goeddel was a 2015 Rule 5 draft pick by the Phillies from the Tampa Bay Rays and stuck with the rebuilding 2016 Phillies all year, hitting .192/.258/.298 in 234 plate appearances in his age-23 season. Remember, to hold a Rule 5 player the acquiring team has to keep him on the major league roster all year. The Reds have Rule 5 catcher Stuart Turner on their roster right now. The Phillies DFA’d Goeddel to make room on their 40-man roster, hoping to assign him to their AA team if he cleared waivers.
Goeddel was a 1st round draft pick (41st overall) by the Rays in 2011. He had only reached the AA level for the Rays, so it’s no surprise he struggled at the major league level. As he progressed through the Rays’ minor league system, Goeddel had a decent batting average, slightly above average walk rate and a fair amount of power. His age-22 season for the AA-Rays was Goeddel’s best. He hit .279/.350/.433. That’s a 9.0% walk rate. He hit 12 homers, a decent uptick in power at age 22. Goeddel stole between 20-30 bases each year in the minor leagues.
Goeddel is a converted infielder, so he’s still learning how to play the OF. His poor defensive metrics last year showed it.
Goeddel actually started in left field for the Phillies on Opening Night at Great American Ball Park last season. He went 0-for-2 against Brandon Finnegan. His season ended after receiving a concussion from being hit on the head by a pitch on September 21.
Here’s part of a scouting report on Goeddel by John Sickels from about a year ago:
Goeddel has some physical tools, particularly a very good throwing arm. Physically he is strong enough to hit for power but his swing is tailored for line drives and gap shots. He set a career-high in homers last year but we’re still talking just 12 as part of a .279/.350/.433 line in Double-A. He makes better use of his speed, averaging 25 steals per season in the minors. The speed and throwing arm should make him a very good outfielder.
Not a superstar. You don’t get superstars off the waiver wire. Goeddel projects as a solid backup with good all around tools. Nice add to the organization for depth. But he does take up a spot on the ever-tightening 40-man roster.
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