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:

[quote_center]”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.”[/quote_center]

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.

Bucs Bits: Pirates News and Notes 11/7/12

- Bob Nutting (right) announced yesterday that the front office will stay intact despite recent criticism. Click HERE to see a video interview with him from WTAE (they disabled embedding of the video so it cannot be placed here).

– The Pirates signed outfielder Darren Ford and infielder Jared Goedert to minor league deals. Ford, 27, has hit .268 in 771 minor league games. Goedert, also 27 years of age, hit .311 for the Double-A Akron Aeros and Triple-A Columbus Clippers last season.

– Michael McKenry will be at the PNC Park Team Store tomorrow from 4:00 to 5:00 pm for a “Social Media Meet & Greet.” The first 50 guests will receive PirateFest tickets!

– Jeremy Guthrie, one of the Pirates’ starting pitching targets, is apparently seeking a 3 year, $34 million contract.

– Willie Stargell’s commemorative stamp (below) was a top-seller.