Saturday, August 02, 2014

Goedert talks contract with Houston Astros

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 6/11/2014

If Connor Goedert has his way, he wants the business part of being a pro baseball player to go smoothly.

The former Ottawa High School all-state third baseman was a 15th round draft pick of the Houston Astros this past Saturday.

If Connor Goedert has his way, he wants the business part of being a pro baseball player to go smoothly.

The former Ottawa High School all-state third baseman was a 15th round draft pick of the Houston Astros this past Saturday.

Goedert met with an Astros scout to work out the contract details.

“If everything goes as planned, it is a done deal,” Goedert said. “I still have the option of going to K-State.”

Goedert said the Astros have a nice organization.

“I heard good things about them,” he said. “I really like the scout. He has talked to me every day since [the draft].”

If he signs, the Astros will send Goedert to the short rookie league team in Greenville, Tennessee. The season lasts two months.

“It should be an easy transition,” Goedert said. “It will be short. We will play every day. I will get to learn a lot.”

Goedert is coming off an NJCAA All-American season with Neosho County Community College. He led the nation in home runs (19) and RBIs (90).

Last year, he was a 34th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but elected not to sign and return to school.

The Major League teams were a lot more interested this time around.

“I had a lot more teams calling this year,” Goedert said. “They thought I matured and knew the game better ... looking more comfortable and confident.”

Goedert said the draft process is pretty exciting, even though he has been through it before.

“You are sitting there waiting and then you finally get that call,” Goedert said. “It is an exciting feeling. There were teams that talked to you and tell you this and that. You get an idea you will get drafted. You never know what is going to happen. It is a nerve-racking thing.”

The Astros talked to Goedert a couple of weeks before the draft.

“The night before [the scout] texted me,” Goedert said. “He called me a couple rounds before and asked me if I would do this or that. They went ahead and took me.”

Goedert did not go into the business blindsided with his older brother, Jared, being drafted and is now playing for the Toronto Blue Jays AAA squad.

Goedert talked with his brother about the whole process.

“He said, do what you feel is right,” Goedert said. “It is your life. You are supposed to have fun playing. If it is the situation you like, jump on it. We have had all kinds of talks about the season and the grind. If I am ever struggling, I can call him and talk to him about it. He knows exactly what I am going through.

“I am fortunate to have such a great support group of my brothers and mom and dad.”

The Astros have built their minor league system with talented young players the past three or four drafts.

“Hopefully they can turn it around with the top picks in the past few years,” he said. “They drafted me as a third baseman. I am fine playing anywhere. I need to be ready for anything.”

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