Hampshire High School graduate Jake Goebbert’s wild ride up and down the Big Leagues is one that every Kane County resident can enjoy. Goebbert was just sent down to the Padres’ El Paso team to make room for Yonder Alonso on the 25-man roster. Goebbert was promoted from El Paso on June 19, and during his time in the Big Leagues hit .250 in 48 at-bats. He had one home run and three RBIs, but had three hits in his last 21 at-bats. Here’s an article, courtesy sandiego.padres.mlb.com/. Be sure to check out the “Read More” articles at the end of this post for more on the hometown hero and his recent at-bats at Wrigley Field.
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Chicagoland native Goebbert starts in left
Chicagoland native Jake Goebbert stuck around for at least another start since being called up on June 19, this time playing left field in Thursday’s series finale against the Cubs.
Goebbert has started nine games at first base, including Tuesday’s game in Chicago, but on Thursday returned to left field, where he played 351 games in six Minor League seasons.
“That’s probably my primary position,” said Goebbert, who is 11-for-43 in 21 games with the Padres. “It’s a great opportunity to play in the outfield, where I probably played most of the games in the Minor League years. Looking forward to hopefully contributing and doing some good for the team.”
“He’s versatile. We like that about Jake,” said manager Bud Black, noting that he’s primarily platooned the lefty Goebbert against right-handed pitchers. “He’s comfortable in the outfield. Either corner, left or right and at first. We’ve just got to get him re-acclimated.”
Goebbert’s status with the big league team remains unclear with the approaching return of many on the disabled list. But he will travel with the Padres to Atlanta, where the team opens a four-game series on Friday.
Newly-acquired Yangervis Solarte again started at second for the Padres on Thursday while Chris Nelson assumed his third straight game at third, the spot occupied by Solarte’s exchanged commodity, Chase Headley, who is now with the Yankees.
Black hasn’t committed to a full-time position for either, who are both considered utility infielders.
- Full Name: Jacob Dwayne Goebbert
- Born: 9/24/1987 in Hoffman Estates, IL
- Debut: 6/20/2014
- College: Northwestern
Goebbert, who was making just his sixth start since being promoted on June 19, smacked his first Major League home run with his solo shot in the fourth inning. Acquired from the A’s in the Kyle Blanks trade, the 26-year-old has looked good through 27 at-bats, batting .333 with a .519 slugging percentage. That could lead to more playing time for the light-hitting Padres, making Goebbert a worthwhile speculative add in NL-only leagues.
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- Chicagoland native Goebbert starts in left