Ashton Goudeau: The Rockies Uncovering of a Diamond in the Rough

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By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com

In November 2018, Chris Forbes, the Rockies’ assistant director of player development, spearheaded the signing of Ashton Goudeau to a minor league contract.

That transaction ideally was going to address a short-term need in the high minors for the Rockies. They were getting a right-handed starting pitcher, who threw strikes but had toiled in the minor leagues for seven seasons, going 26-45 with a 5.25 ERA. That bottom line seemed that of a journeyman and certainly not someone about to transform himself into a mound force and earn a spot on their 40-man roster.

“He just sort of freed up everything he was doing,” Rockies player development director Zach Wilson said. “He freed up his body. He freed up his mind, found out everything worked just a little bit better.”

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The Rockies didn’t have an inkling any of this would happen when they brought the right-handed Goudeau into their organization. They weren’t looking too far ahead. As they eyed the 2019 season, they lacked pitching depth at Double-A Hartford.

The Rockies had good reports on Goudeau from pro scout Ty Coslow, who had seen Goudeau in 2016 and 2017 and ever so briefly in 2018. Goudeau’s name had appeared on a list of minor league free agents after the 2018 season. Digging into that list and trying to fill needs at the upper levels of the minor league system is a developmental task that occupies Forbes shortly after the World Series ends.

It’s necessary work and comes with the reality that the survival-of-the-fittest nature of the minor leagues means most players get weeded out. On November 16, 2018, Goudeau signed a minor league contract with the Rockies. Forbes’ hopes for Goudeau were understandably modest.

It’s necessary work and comes with the reality that the survival-of-the-fittest nature of the minor leagues means most players get weeded out. On November 16, 2018, Goudeau signed a minor league contract with the Rockies. Forbes’ hopes for Goudeau were understandably modest.

“This could be a good upper-level depth piece, not thinking he would take any type of step that he did,” Forbes said. “Very quickly he went from a guy I thought we were going to have for the year and not worry about much after that to being an absolute dominant force in the Eastern League, which is not an easy league to pitch in.”

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