Friday, December 11, 2015
Will Rule 5 Selection Be A Difference Maker in 2016?
Phillies Select Goeddel With First Pick – The Phillies hope Tyler Goeddel is the next Shane Victorino, Odubel Herrera or Ender Inciarte. The Phils selected Goeddel with the first pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. Pro scouting director Mike Ondo selected Victorino, Herrera and Inciarte in previous Rule 5 Drafts, and each of those players enjoyed success in the big leagues. Perhaps Goeddel can follow suit. The Phillies also selected left-hander Daniel Stumpf, who pitched last season in Kansas City's farm system. "This mirrors a lot what we tried to do last year with Herrera," Ondo said about Goeddel on Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings. "It's taking a chance on a prospect and adding him to the mix that we have. Trying to hit big on a player with a high ceiling. Goeddel excited us at the beginning of this whole process with his approach at the plate, the athleticism, the speed, the fact that he moved to the outfield this year and handled all three outfield positions. You have a baseball player here. He has instincts. He can steal bases. There's a lot of things to like about this player." Goeddel, 23, was the No. 24 prospect in Tampa Bay's farm system, and he slots in with the Phils at No. 19, according to MLBPipeline.com. The Rays selected him with the 47th overall pick in the 2011 Draft. He is the younger brother of Mets reliever Erik Goeddel. Tyler Goeddel moved from third base to the outfield last season and responded with the best offensive season of the career, hitting .279/.350/.433 with 17 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs, 72 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 123 games at Double-A Montgomery. "There's power potential," Ondo said. "His home runs jumped this year. Especially the latter part of the season, he really started to climb. He hit 12 this year, which is a career high for him. There's strength in there. There's good approach and there's strength in the bat, and I like to think there's more power to come." The Phillies weren't the only team to like Goeddel. The Reds had the No. 2 pick in the Rule 5 Draft and hoped to select him. "[Goeddel's] ceiling in our mind wasn't as high as the five guys we protected," Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics said. "And that's where it comes down to it. ... We have 40 spots. One through 40. Somebody's 41, somebody's 42, somebody's 43." Goeddel's arrival in Philadelphia makes it almost a certainty that free agent Jeff Francoeur will not return next season. If Goeddel makes the Opening Day roster, he will join a young and crowded outfield that includes Herrera, Peter Bourjos, Aaron Altherr and Cody Asche. Darnell Sweeney can also play outfield. Darin Ruf has experience in left. Stumpf, 24, went 5-4 with a 3.57 ERA in 42 games last season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He struck out 76 in 70 2/3 innings, holding opponents to a .212 average. Stumpf held left-handers to a .167 average, but he is not viewed as a left-handed specialist. "We like the arm," Ondo said. "We like the aggressiveness, the approach he has. He handled left-handers real well this year. He's an aggressive reliever up to 94 [mph], and he's got a slider to get left-handers out." The Phils did not lose anybody in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, despite the fact that outfielder Carlos Tocci and right-hander Alberto Tirado were unprotected. They lost right-hander Manny Martinez in the Minor League phase to the White Sox. Martinez went 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA for Class A Lakewood.
The Phillies finally put an end to the season finishing in last place in the NL East with a record of 63-99. Given the departures, aging stars, injuries, and bipolar performances, this has ended up being one of the worst seasons in franchise history! However, at least Ryan Madson got another ring this year.