Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Welcome to the Blue, Erik & Tyler Goeddel!

It's taken me far too long to put this post up. Over the weekend I had read about a recent Dodger acquisition, reliever Erik Goeddel, but wanted to wait for pics of him in Dodger Blue to show up. That, for whatever reason, has yet to happen. So, I don't have a fantasy Baseball card of him in "Blue" to share with you. Instead, you'll get a Dodger fantasy card with Goeddel wearing Mariner dark blue and green. Per a Dodger press release:
Goeddel, 29, was claimed off of waivers yesterday from the Mariners and in five games out of the bullpen with Seattle, he went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA (1 ER/7.1 IP) while striking out nine. Prior to his promotion, Goeddel was 1-0 with four saves with 10 strikeouts in nine relief appearances for Triple-A Tacoma this season. Goeddel signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on March 20 after beginning the 2018 campaign with the Rangers, who he signed with on Dec. 19, 2017.
Goeddel is wearing #62 and has already gotten into a couple of games for the team. During the second game of this weekends doubleheader he came in and pitched a scoreless inning; allowing a walk and striking out one. The next day he was not as good, but still recorded a scoreless outing -- getting two outs whole allowing a hit and a walk.

Unusually, Erik Goeddel's addition to the club follows on the heals of another recent Dodger move. The team also signed free agent minor leaguer Tyler Goeddel - Erik's younger brother. In celebration of him becoming a Dodger I made a fantasy card for him that you can see on the right. Per Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors:
As for the younger of the two brothers, the 25-year-old Tyler was the 41st pick in the 2011 MLB Draft and the No. 1 pick in the 2015 Rule 5 Draft. The outfielder struggled with the Phillies in his lone big league season, though, hitting just .192/.258/.291 in 234 trips to the plate. He’s a career .263/.344/.358 hitter in 310 Triple-A plate appearances and had been with the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate to open the year before being released.

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