The Phillies announced on Wednesday that outfielder Tyler Goeddel was claimed off waivers by the Reds. Goeddel was designated for assignment at the end of March after he failed to make the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Goeddel, 24, was selected by the Phillies from the Rays in the 2015 Rule 5 draft. To that point, he hadn’t played above Double-A, but he started the 2016 season in the majors as Rule 5 picks have to stay on the active roster, otherwise his controlling team must offer him back to his previous team. While Goeddel showed flashes of promise at times, he hit a meager .192/.258/.291 with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 234 plate appearances.
The Phillies have plenty of outfielders at the big league level and several more waiting in the minors, so Goeddel didn’t really have a future with the team. Goeddel will report to Triple-A Louisville to start fresh with a new team.
The Orioles won their 19th game of the season 11 days ago. The club snapped a nine-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Marlins 10-4 to finally cross the 20-win threshold. Aside from the Orioles, who have baseball’s worst record (20-50), the White Sox were the slowest team to reach 20 wins, securing No. 20 on June 6 — 11 days ago, for those of you keeping score.
Mark Trumbo had three hits including a solo home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Jace Peterson knocked in four runs, including two with a two-run homer. Starter Dylan Bundy wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up four runs over six innings, but it was good enough for the W.
Coincidentally, the Orioles’ last two wins at Camden Yards came on Father’s Day (June 17) and Mother’s Day (May 13). They were on an 11-game home losing streak.
There hasn’t been any one singular cause for the Orioles’ woes. The club has dealt with a handful of injuries. First baseman Chris Davis is having a tremendously terrible season, so much so that a Baltimore-area bar is offering free shots whenever he gets a hit. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop hasn’t hit anywhere close to the way he hit last year. Free agent pick-up Alex Cobb has a 7.14 ERA over 12 starts. Andrew Cashner has a 4.98 ERA and is on the 10-day disabled list. Zach Britton has been absent most of the season due to an injury, only recently coming back.
No one expected the Orioles to hang with the Yankees and Red Sox this season, but I don’t think anyone was expecting them to reach 20 wins in the middle of June, either.