Scouting Mets Prospect #47: Erik Goeddel

Goeddel has a quality big league fastball

The New York Mets selected right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of UCLA. Showing a nice mixture of stuff and results, a little more command and overall pitch-ability could give him a pretty high ceiling.

Vital Statistics
Name: Erik Goeddel
DOB: December 20, 1988
Height:6'3"
Weight: 185
Throws: Right
Bats: Right

Fastball: Goeddel has an above average fastball combination of sinking two-seamers and power four-seamers, ranging anywhere from 91-95 mph. He used to have a habit of overthrowing his fastball at times but it is an issue that has become ironed out over the past year or so. He shows solid command of his fastball, especially the four-seamer, and he is really adept at pounding the lower-half of the strike zone.

Other Pitches: Goeddel has a solid breaking ball arsenal, including an above average slider sitting in the 82-85 mph range, and a curveball that shows above average potential. He'll got to either one when ahead in the count but more often than not the slider. His changeup remains easily his fourth best pitch, one that is still developing, but he has been throwing it a lot more over the past two years and it's still developing. It's not a strikeout pitch but it is a good change of pace pitch that he can locate down in the zone.

Pitching: Goeddel has quality big league stuff across the board and his command has gotten better, but sometimes he can be his own worst enemy and pitch too often behind in counts. Improving his strike-throwing ability with his secondary pitches remains his developmental mantra going forward. He also shows a great ability to keep balls in the yard, an aspect of the game that is still very much underrated.

Projection: Able to be a power pitcher who can show solid command at times, Goeddel has the four-pitch big league mix to have the ceiling of a middle of a big league starting pitcher. The fact that 2012 was his first healthy season is a good sign too but further improvement getting ahead in counts and throwing his breaking ball combination for strikes in the zone will be needed to reach that kind of ceiling. Even if he doesn't improve much more going forward though, he still has a relatively safe projection as a back-end starting pitcher or long reliever type.

ETA: 2014. Seemingly ticked for Double-A Binghamton this coming season, Goeddel is on track to make his big league debut the following year as long as he remains healthy.

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