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Erik Van Norman Goeddel (born December 20, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Erik Goeddel
Erik Goeddel on August 6, 2017 (2) (cropped).jpg
Goeddel with the Mets in 2017
Free agent
Born: (1988-12-20) December 20, 1988 (age 30)
San Mateo, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2014, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record6–4
Earned run average3.69


Amateur careerEdit

Goeddel attended Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, California, where Baseball America and Perfect Game USA ranked him the third-best high school baseball prospect in the United States and Canada.[1] After going undrafted in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, Goeddel enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he played college baseball for the UCLA Bruins.[2]

New York MetsEdit

Goeddel with the Mets in 2016

The New York Mets selected Goeddel in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.[2] The Mets added Goeddel to their 40-man roster after the 2013 season.[3] Goeddel played in the minors with the Gulf Coast League Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Binghamton Mets, and the Las Vegas 51s.

Goeddel was called up to the majors on September 1, 2014,[4] and made his major league debut the same day, pitching in relief against the Miami Marlins in a 6-9 loss. Goeddel replaced Jeurys Familia with two on and one out in the eighth, and walked in the third run of the inning.[5] Goeddel finished the season with a 2.70 ERA appearing in 6 games with 6.2 innings pitched getting 6 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.05 while giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and 4 walks.

Goeddel was called up on April 7, 2015 with then-closer Jenrry Mejía going on the disabled list on April 5.[6] On June 12, Goeddel was placed on the diable list with a right elbow strain. His spot on the roster was replaced by Danny Muno.[7] He spent the majority of the season since the injury rehabbing with the Binghamton Mets.[8] He was promoted back again on September 1 due to expanded rosters.[9]

When the Mets reached the playoffs, Goeddel was placed on the roster for the NLDS making one appearance in game three in the top of the ninth inning giving up three runs in a 13-7 win for the Mets. While giving up the runs, he gave 4 hits, 1 home run while facing 4 batters. However, he was replaced by Sean Gilmartin to be on the roster for the NLCS. It was the only change made to the roster from the NLDS.[10] Goeddel finished the season with 1-1 record, 2.43 ERA, and 34 strikeouts in 35 games with 33​13 innings pitched.

Texas RangersEdit

On December 19, 2017, Goeddel signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.[11] He was released on March 19, 2018,[12]

Seattle MarinersEdit

On March 20, 2018, he signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners the following day.[13] He was designated for assignment on May 16, 2018.[14]

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

On May 18, 2018, he was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.[15] He pitched in 26 games for the Dodgers, with a 3.38 ERA.[16] He missed much of the season with an elbow injury that shut him down for good in August.[17] Goeddel was designated for assignment on November 20, 2018[18] and released the following day.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Goeddel's brother, Tyler, is also a professional baseball player. Their father, David Goeddel, is a pioneering biologist responsible for the development of both synthetic insulin and human growth hormone.[20]


  1. ^ "High School Class Of 2007 Top 100". Baseball America. May 23, 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kyle Maistri (January 2, 2013). "Mets stock up on experienced Draft picks". New York Mets. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mets shield former top pick Matz from Rule 5 Draft". November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mets promote Josh Satin, Erik Goeddel as roster set to expand". Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  5. ^ KRISTIE ACKERT (September 1, 2014). "Sloppy Mets take Labor Day off, make six errors in loss to Marlins". NY Daily News. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Mets put Jenrry Mejia on DL, call up Erik Goeddel". Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Danny Muno back again, Goeddel to the DL". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mets expected to add Nieuwenhuis, Goeddel, Plawecki when rosters expand". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Mets call up Campbell, Nieuwenhuis, Young Jr. and Plawecki; Activate Matz, Parnell and Goeddel". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Gilmartin replaces Goeddel on NLCS roster". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  11. ^ Todd, Jeff (December 19, 2017). "Rangers Sign Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Erik Goeddel". Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "Erik Goeddel: Granted release from Rangers". March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Mariners' Erik Goeddel: Signs minor-league deal with Mariners". March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 16, 2018). "Mariners Designate Erik Goeddel, Select Christian Bergman". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Johns, Greg (May 18, 2018). "Goeddel claimed off waivers by Dodgers". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Eric Goeddel Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  17. ^ Starkand, Daniel (September 1, 2018). "Dodgers Injury News: Erik Goeddel (Elbow Inflammation) Transferred To 60-Day Disabled List". Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  18. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 20, 2018). "Dodgers Designate Erik Goeddel, Release Tom Koehler". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  19. ^ Adams, Steve (November 23, 2018). "Dodgers Release Erik Goeddel, Zac Rosscup". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  20. ^ Schwedelson, Paul (July 14, 2016). "Goeddel brothers to finally meet when Phillies host the Mets". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 2, 2018.

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