Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster got to know right-handed pitcher Ashton Goudeau when Foster was working in the Royals organization as a special assistant to the general manager/minor league pitching coordinator. At the time Goudeau wasn't a "Can't Miss," but there was something Foster found interesting enough that last winter, when Goudeau, at the age of 26, was a free agent Foster felt he was worth signing to fill out a minor-league roster.
Turns out, the Rockies may have found a hidden gem.
Goudeau, who was 26-45 with a 5.25 ERA in seven minor league seasons (six in the Royals organization and the 2018 season with the Mariners organization), blossomed during the summer at Double Hartford, going 3-3 but with a 2.07 ERA in 16 starts before suffering a broken right hand.
And then, when the Rockies assigned him as one of their eight players in the Arizona Fall League, turned in a lights-out performance, capped off by working 2 2/3 innings for the Salt River Rafters to be credited with the win in Salt River's 5-1 victory over Surprise. He allowed one hit, but that runner was erased on a double play, and struck out three. Featuring a fastball in the mid-90s, and a curveball in the upper 70s.
“We had in our minds how we wanted the game to go, and it went according to plan,” Salt River manager Keith Johnson said. “Ashton Goudeau came in and did really well. [Antonio] Santos does what he does, [Alex] Valverde did a great job to finish that inning off and [Alex] Vesia has been lights out for us.”
In addition to Goudeau, Rockies prospects who made a mark on the championship game were first baseman Colton Welker, who was 1-for-3 with a run scored, double, strikeout and walk, and right-handed pitcher Antonio Santos, who followed Goudeau to the mound and allowed one hit in two innings.