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Tyler David Goeddel

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Tyler Goeddel was a first-rounder in 2011. His brother Erik Goeddel has played in the majors.

Goeddel hit .361 as a high school senior despite missing a month with mononucleosis. Baseball America rated him as the 89th-best prospect entering the 2011 amateur draft, while he had a commitment to UCLA in case he did not sign. The Tampa Bay Rays took him 41st in the draft, with a choice that was compensation for the loss of Carl Crawford. He was the 5th first-rounder that year for Tampa Bay, following Taylor Guerrieri (also a compensation pick for Crawford), Mikie Mahtook, Jake Hager and Brandon Martin - Jeff Ames, Blake Snell, Grayson Garvin and James Harris would follow as Tampa Bay got 10 first-rounders that year. Goeddel signed for a $1,500,000 bonus; the signing scout was Brian Morrison.

Tyler made his debut with the 2012 Bowling Green Hot Rods on April 5 against the South Bend Silver Hawks. Hitting 9th and playing third base, he went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts. His first at-bat was against another 2011 first-rounder, Archie Bradley, who fanned him both times up.

He made his Major League debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016. On May 14th, he made highlight reels with a tremendous throw from his left field position in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. With the Phillies leading 4-3 with one out in the 9th, the Reds had runners on second and third when pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco hit a deep fly ball that looked destined to be a game-tying sacrifice fly; however, Goeddel went back to catch the ball, then unleashed a tremendous throw on the fly to catcher Cameron Rupp that arrived a split second before Eugenio Suarez, attempting to score from third, barreled into Rupp. In spite of recent rule changes to prevent home plate collisions, there was a huge one, but Rupp held on to the ball for a game-ending double play.

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