Tuesday Daily Chores: Rockies Option RHP Ashton Goudeau to Minor League Camp
Ashton Goudeau, who spent seven years in the minor leagues between the Royals and Mariners, signed with the Rockies as an undrafted free agent last off-season. He responded by not only putting on an impressive show at Double-A Hartford last summer, but also stepping into a bullpen role in the Arizona Fall League and excelling last fall, which led to him being placed on a 40-man winter roster for the first time in pro ball last winter.
Goudeau was optioned to the minor-league camp on Tuesday, but don't get the wrong impression. In four appearances for the Rockies in spring training games this year, he only enhanced his status in the organization. He, however, is not going to be able to force his way into the Rockies rotation right now, so instead of him working limited innings in big league games deeper into the spring, the feeling is he will benefit by getting to work with Triple-A Albuquerque so that when the season starts he will be at the top of his game.
Over the years teams have learned that while they may try and show appreciation for a player by keeping him around the big-league camp as long as possible, the effort has a negative impact on the player being ready for the daily grind if he is a late arrival to the minor leagues.
While he was on the Injured List at Hartford from June 7-Aug. 14 last year, he made 16 starts for the Yard Goats, going 3-3 with a 2.07 ERA -- the third lowest in Yard Goat history, and then found himself in a bullpen role in the AFL, where he worked 13 scoreless innings in eight appearances, giving up four hit and striking out 18 without issuing a walk. He was selected an Arizona Fall League Rising Star.