Player Profile: Jared Goedert

One name circulating around Pirates’ camp that is drawing quite a few ”Who is that?” comments this week is Jared Goedert.

Goedert, 27, was signed to a minor league deal back in November. The Kansas State University product stuck in the Cleveland organization for seven seasons, but never cracked the big league roster. Here are his career stats:

Year Age Tm Lev Aff G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2006 21 Mahoning Valley A- CLE 63 238 31 64 14 2 3 27 19 28 .269 .328 .382 .711
2007 22 Lake County A CLE 46 165 44 60 10 0 16 51 35 29 .364 .475 .715 1.191
2007 22 Kinston A+ CLE 35 125 23 32 9 0 4 23 23 25 .256 .369 .424 .793
2008 23 Kinston A+ CLE 126 467 75 119 23 1 10 74 57 77 .255 .336 .373 .709
2009 24 Akron AA CLE 92 313 34 70 22 1 5 37 34 47 .224 .309 .348 .657
2010 25 Akron AA CLE 44 163 26 53 14 0 7 32 16 35 .325 .382 .540 .922
2010 25 Columbus AAA CLE 81 318 54 83 23 1 20 51 37 77 .261 .345 .528 .874
2011 26 Akron AA CLE 8 29 7 8 2 0 3 9 6 8 .276 .389 .655 1.044
2011 26 Columbus AAA CLE 79 284 39 77 18 0 15 39 33 60 .271 .346 .493 .839
2012 27 Akron AA CLE 35 124 19 49 10 1 5 17 20 20 .395 .476 .613 1.089
2012 27 Columbus AAA CLE 86 326 54 91 17 0 14 60 28 72 .279 .331 .460 .792
7 Seasons 695 2552 406 706 162 6 102 420 308 478 .277 .356 .465 .820

As a non-roster invitee, Goedert has appeared in five Grapefruit League games thus far, knocking two singles and a home run in nine at-bats. He’s split time between first and third base in those five ballgames. He provides decent versatility in the field; here’s what Did The Tribe Win Last Night? said about Goedert in their Akron Aeros 2012 season preview:

“Another player that will be tossed around the diamond this season is Jared Goedert. The skipper informed us that Goedert will be playing just about everywhere this season, including the outfield since there are only three true outfielders on the roster.”

The Indians named him “Minor League Player of the Week” in late April of 2012:


A look at his hitting mechanics:

Note his high leg kick, which is reminiscent of Xavier Nady:

Goedert Nady

Considering he turns 28 in May, he’s definitely not categorized as a prospect anymore. The chance he make the majors this year is slim to none, but he’s an interesting player to watch if you’re a fan of the Class AAA Indianapolis Indians. There are already a few players to fill the spots in Indy’s lineup, but he’s versatile in that he can play all four corner positions. He’s intriguing in the offensive department as well, since he’s hit fairly well at the high levels of minor league ball.

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  1. Josh on March 3, 2013

    Goedert is a player that a lot of scouts like, both he and Clint Robinson profile as players that were in a similar situation to Garrett Jones when he signed with the Pirates as a minor league free agent. Having these guys as depth, along with Matt Hague and Matt Curry in the corner infield slots at AAA, will go a long way in helping the Pirates get through the 162 game grind that often includes injuries along the way.

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