Goeddel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Goeddel joins a crowded outfield at Louisville, led by highly-touted left fielder Jesse Winker, so it's going to be tough to make an immediate impact. Nonetheless, It's a new beginning for the 24-year-old after being designated for assignment by the Phillies last week, though he'll need to improve upon his .192/.258/.291 slash line from 2016 if he wants to get back to the big leagues.
2015's top Rule 5 draft pick spent all of the 2016 campaign at the big-league level, but was DFA'd this offseason after batting just .192 in 92 games. The Reds decided to take a flier on the young outfielder given their focus on acquiring young talent, although the multitude of outfield options in Cincinnati forced the Reds to option him straight to Triple-A Louisville.
The move was made to clear room on the 40-man roster for Brock Stassi, who made the Phillies' Opening Day roster on Thursday. Goeddel slashed just .192/.258/.291 in 213 at-bats with the Phillies in 2016.
Goeddel will begin the season at Double-A Reading, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
It's a drastic fall for Goeddel, who played in 92 games with the Phillies last season. However, with no room at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the team had little choice but to place the left fielder at the next rung down. "I'm not too happy about that, but you can't control it," he said. Nonetheless, the demotion will warrant plenty of playing opportunities for Goeddel and allow him to find his swing after a difficult spring (7-for-28 with 12 strikeouts).
Goeddel is expected to open the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports.
Goeddel is in camp competing for a bench job, but there is little chance he cracks the active roster after losing a year of development as a Rule 5 pick last season. He hit a paltry .192 with a .549 OPS, and managed just 55 at-bats after the All-Star break. He is expected to rotate through the outfield and DH spot at Triple-A where he could position himself for another look in the majors this summer if he gets off to a strong start.
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