Report: Phillies to Select Tyler Goeddel First Overall In Rule 5 Draft

It may not always generate the show-stopping buzz that comes with a major free agent signing or huge trade, but today’s Rule 5 Draft is always interesting. There have been a number of instances, in which Rule 5 draft picks have turned out to be pure gold for teams. Players like Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana, Jayson Werth, Darren O’Day, and Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente have all been hugely successful products of the Rule 5 Draft. Other success stories include Odubel Herrera, Shane Victorino, Jason Grilli, and Alfredo Simon.

While the Rule 5 Draft is not a guarantee to produce successful products, it’s worth the risk more often times than not.

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This year’s draft takes place at 10 AM this morning, at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. The Philadelphia Phillies currently hold the first overall pick, and it seems like they already have their mind made up on who they will select. According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki is reporting that the last-place Phils plan of snagging Tampa Bay Rays outfield prospect Tyler Goeddel with the first pick in this morning’s draft.

Goeddel is the younger brother of New York Mets reliever Erik Goeddel. In his Rule 5 preview, Callis notes that Tyler’s skill-set is ideal for that of a right fielder, citing his combination of raw power/speed and a strong arm. The 23-year-old spent his first three professional seasons playing at third base, before being switched to the outfield earlier this year. Goeddel seemed to thrive after the move to the outfield, putting up the best offensive numbers of his career, hitting .279/.350/.433 with 12 home runs, 72 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases.

Provided that Goeddel does turn out to be Philadelphia’s selection, he will likely join 2014 Rule 5 draftee Odubel Hererra in a shallow Phillies outfield.

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