Clippers’ Goedert Looking To Finish First Half of Season Strong
By Evan Matsumoto
July 11 marks the 2012 International League All-Star game and the halfway point of the minor-league season.
“I look forward to improving in the second half but I feel like it’s kind of a good point, with the All-Star break coming up, to have a good finish (before the break),” Jared Goedert, Clippers infielder, said.
Goedert is certainly doing all he can to finish well before the hiatus. In his last 10 games, Goedert is hitting .350, including a pair of three-hit games on a road trip to Chicago, slugging a modest .450, with an on-base percentage of .395.
The Indians’ ninth round pick in the 2006 draft is no stranger to putting up big numbers, though. At the beginning of the season, no Clipper had hammered more homers at home in Huntington Park than Goedert. His 24 laps around the bases ranked him first among his teammates.
This season, Goedert is tied with Beau Mills for third in Columbus, with seven homeruns—IL All-Star selections Matt LaPorta (16) and Russ Canzler (9) are first and second, respectively. His .273 average ties him for eighth on the season with Canzler. A .803 OPS, however, is good enough for the fifth highest in Columbus this year.
Goedert hasn’t gotten a call from the Tribe yet, but said his focus isn’t necessarily on the call, rather, on himself.
“I need to do what makes me successful. Hopefully doing what I know I can do well and trying to do it consistently,” Goedert said. “Those decisions, who goes up, are out of my hands. I don’t really try to focus on that, specifically, just what I can do to hopefully put myself in that position.”
Columbus has been good to him while he waits for his chance.
“It’s a pretty good hitter’s park, almost every night we have a great crowd, and a good group of guys, so it makes it fun to be here every day. It’s a good experience,” Goedert said.
Goedert played at Kansas State from 2005-2006, amassing a .339 batting average and 16 homeruns in 105 games. He was named Second Team All-Big XII in his 2006 season. His time in the minors has yielded a .330 batting average, 88 hits, 47 runs batted in, and a .937 OPS.