Goeddel, a 6-foot-3 product from Hillsborough, Calif., who pitched for UCLA in 2009 and 2010, has earned his first-ever promotion to the major leagues. He was selected in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the New York Mets after going 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA in 36 relief appearances that season.
Most recently, Goeddel has logged a 3-2 record and 5.37 ERA in 49 relief appearances for the triple-A Las Vegas 51s this season, his fourth full year in the minor leagues. The Mets are scheduled to open a three-game series at the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon.
UPDATED (Monday, Sept. 1, 3:25 p.m. PT): Goeddel became the 74th former UCLA baseball player to compete in Major League Baseball when he made his debut on Monday afternoon at Miami. With New York trailing, 8-6, and two runners on base, Goeddel entered the ballgame and issued two walks (one intentional) before inducing an inning-ending double play groundout. Goeddel has become the 11th player under head coach John Savage to advance to the big leagues.
A go-to reliever on UCLA’s team that advanced to the 2010 College World Series, Goeddel has become the fourth pitcher from that year’s squad to earn a major league promotion. The Bruins’ primary three starting pitchers from that team – Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer and Rob Rasmussen – have already pitched in the majors. Goeddel ranked second on the 2010 team with 36 pitching appearances.
Goeddel entered UCLA as a freshman in the fall of 2007 but was unable to pitch during the 2008 campaign while he recovered from an arm injury. He saw limited action in 2009, making nine relief appearances (3.38 ERA, 8.0 innings), before playing a significant role in the Bruins’ bullpen in 2010.
Since July 2012, seven former UCLA ballplayers have been promoted to the majors – Bauer, Charles Brewer, Tyson Brummett, Jermaine Curtis, Cole, Rasmussen and Goeddel.
UCLA currently has six former players competing in the major leagues – Bauer (Cleveland), Cole (Pittsburgh), Brandon Crawford (San Francisco), David Huff (New York Yankees), Casey Janssen (Toronto) and Chase Utley (Philadelphia).