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The Cincinnati Reds claimed outfielder Tyler Goeddel off waivers from the Phillies Wednesday afternoon.

Tyler Goeddel was going to be spending the Summer with the Reading Fightin' Phils. Instead, the Cincinnati Reds claimed him off waivers from the Phillies Wednesday.

Tyler Goeddel didn't last long on waivers. The Cincinnati Reds were the first team with an opportunity to claim the 24-year old outfielder and they took advantage of that and claimed Goeddel. Last season, Goeddel spent the year on the Phillies major league roster after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, but this season, Goeddel was squeezed out of a roster spot and would have wound up at Double-A Reading had he remained in the organization. A glut of young outfielders didn't leave room for Goeddel at Triple-A and made him somewhat expendable when the team needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster. The Phillies designated him for assignment and tried to sneak him through waivers, but knew it was unlikely he would go unclaimed.

The Reds will assign Goeddel to Triple-A Louisville to open the season. Prior to spending all of last season with the Phillies, Goeddel had played at Double-A in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Tampa Bay had drafted Goeddel in the first round of the 2011 draft and was left exposed in the Rule 5 Draft in 2015 and the Phillies selected him with their pick, the first overall in the draft. 

The Phillies had hoped that Goeddel would have the kind of experience that current center fielder Odubel Herrera had when the chose him from the Texas Rangers in the 2014 Draft. Instead, Goeddel struggled to adjust to playing in the major leagues and the Phillies had hoped to give him more time to develop this season in the minors and wanted him to play every day, which is why they sent him to Reading. With outfield prospects Dylan Cozens, Roman Quinn and Nick Williams set to play every day with Lehigh Valley, the Phillies opted to send Goeddel back to Double-A where he would be in the lineup every day.

Goeddel had a line of 4-16-.192/.258/.291 in his season with the Phillies.


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