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Tampa Bay Rays Sign First-Round Pick Tyler Goeddel

About an hour after Kevin Goldstein tweeted this:

Hearing that if you are a fan, you should expect 3B Tyler Goeddel to sign. You should expect that if you are not one as well.

The Rays have signed third baseman/short stop and 41st overall pick Tyler Goeddel to a $1.5 million contract, according to Jim Callis. He is 6'4" and 170 pounds and athletic enough to play multiple positions, similar to...basically everyone on the Rays current club. He is a high-school signee, playing last year at St. Francis High School in Hillsbourgh, California. He also had a verbal commitment to UCLA, where his brother Erik Goeddel pitched last year before leaving for the New York Mets.

Baseball AMerica rated him as the number 89 prospect in this draft, stating:

Goeddel has above-average arm strength and shows intriguing tools at the plate. He takes aggressive swings with bat speed, and his bat head stays in the hitting zone for a long time. Scouts have to project on Goeddel's power, but it's not hard to envision him hitting for at least average power as he adds muscle to his frame.

This looks like another in the long (at least recent) line of toolsy Rays signings, which is part of what makes the team so competitive and exciting to watch.