Mar 7, 2016

2015 Mets Relief Pitcher: Erik Goeddel (2015-2016)

Erik Van Norman Goeddel was born December 20th 1988 in San Mateo California. The six three, right handed pitcher attended the University of Southern California where he played baseball for the UCLA Bruins. Goeddel was drafted by the New York Mets in the 24th round of the 2010 draft.

He spent 2010 to 2012 in A ball, moving up to AA Binghamton in 2013 where he was 9-7 with a 4.37 in 25 games, all starts. In 2014 he became a reliever at AAA Las Vegas going 3-2 finishing up 17 games but posted a high 5.80 ERA. The Mets still gave him a shot at the big league level.

Goeddel was called up in September, making his MLB debut on September 1st, finishing up a 9-6 loss in Florida to the Marlins. He would get the call to finish up six games that September, posting a 2.70 ERA with six strike outs four walks & three hits allowed in 6.2 innings.

He started out 2015 with a good enough Spring Training to get him on the Mets roster going North. He remained with the Mets until mid June, seeing action as a middle reliever as well as a sometime 8th inning man. After 22 games he was posting a 1.96 ERA when an elbow injury sidelined him until September.

From there a rehab assignment at St. Lucie was followed by a trip to AA Binghamton making it back to the Mets on September 1st. He took a loss on September 4th & was credited with a 6th inning hold on September 11th vs Atlanta. On September 24th he earned his first MLB win, after pitching a scoreless 7th inning at Cincinnati a day before the Mets clinched the NL East.

Post Season: Goeddel made the Mets post season roster, but gave up three runs on four hits without recording an out in his lone appearance in the NLDS Game #3 at Citi Field in the Mets 13-7 win.

That outing cost him his spot in the Mets bullpen as Sean Gilmartin was added to take his place in the NLCS.

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