Tyler Goeddel’s 2016 starting gig in left field lasted just 23 games. The reasoning behind his short stint was cloudy at best, especially given his above-average (and near team-best) production over that time.
Let’s take this from Opening Day. For the first month of the season, manager Pete Mackanin deployed a combination of Cedric Hunter, Darin Ruf, Emmanuel Burriss, David Lough and Goeddel in left. All but Burriss made at least six starts.
None hit over .240. None got on base more than one-third of the time. None slugged over .320.
From batting average to slugging percentage, on-base percentage to wRC+, the left field position was head and shoulders below that of every other MLB team. They lacked power in a big way, with a slugging percentage a point below their already low .212 OBP.
|Phillies (Rank)||.144 (30th)||.212 (30th)||.211 (30th)||.423 (30th)||.189 (30th)||11
|.191 (29th)||.243 (29th)||.245 (29th)||.572 (29th)||.254 (29th)||.53 (29th)||-6
So Mackanin turned to the Phillies first overall draft pick from 2015. No, not that draft. The Rule 5 Draft, where teams get to select non-40-man roster players buried on other team’s minor league depth charts. Continue reading…