Height/Weight: 6’3”, 185 lbs
Acquired: 24th round 2010 (UCLA)
2011 Rank: 18
Why Ranked Here: Goeddel slips 16 spots down the rankings because he showed flashes of brilliance with the Savannah Sand Gnats but was not dominant enough long enough to earn a mid-season promotion before he got hurt. He suffered a sore right shoulder that sidelined him from May 29 through August 7th. The injury was particularly concerning for Goeddel given his injury history. He missed most of the 2008 and 2009 seasons at UCLA, following Tommy John surgery. After pitching out of the bullpen in 2010, shoulder and elbow inflammation held him to just one professional inning in 2010.
Goeddel might have been throwing 94-97 out of the bullpen at UCLA (or the ESPN guns were juiced) but as a starter with Savannah, he mostly sat in the low 90s and would touch 94 at his peak. There were nights when his slider was a wipeout pitch, with plus potential, and there were nights when he struggled with his feel. Other starts, his curve was his best breaking pitch.
Goeddel is smart, and the ability to think through at-bats and self-analyze will help him along the way.
In 2011, he was very concerned with maintaining the tempo of his delivery. He had a tendency to go too slowly, and lose fluidity and his release point. His goal, at the urging of Sand Gnats’ pitching coach Glen Abbott was to speed up his delivery to stay in sync.
2011: Goeddel was absolutely lights out in May, and seemed to be well on his way to a second-half promotion to advanced-A St. Lucie before coming down with his shoulder soreness. His May: 25 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 27 K. Yum. However, he just wasn’t the same pitcher when he returned to the Gnats in August.
Dr. Pangloss Says: I still see stuff that would allow him to hold down a rotation spot.
Debbie Downer Says: But Dr., he couldn’t throw 80 innings in a-ball and stay healthy. Also, he lost something after his 2011 injury.
Projected 2012 Start: St. Lucie
MLB Arrival: 2014