Goudeau Hopes To Add To Legacy

Righty drafted out of Pujols' junior college

KANSAS CITY—When scouting director Lonnie Goldberg and assistant general manager J.J. Picollo were going over Royals draft picks, they were asked a tongue-in-cheek question.

"Is it safe to say your 27th-round pick will be the best player to ever come out of Maple Woods?"

They both laughed and replied at the same time, "I hope so."

The Royals selected righthander Ashton Goudeau out of Maple Woods (Mo.) CC in Kansas City, the same program that produced Albert Pujols. Goudeau said that Pujols spoke to the Maple Woods team this year.

"He talked for about an hour and a half and allowed us to ask a lot of questions," Goudeau said. "It was pretty inspirational."

Goudeau, who had a 2.17 ERA and struck out 50 in 54 innings as a sophomore, eschewed a Louisiana-Lafayette scholarship to sign with the Royals. Goudeau began his pro career in the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he had a 2.35 ERA in his first three outings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out 12 and walking seven in eight innings.

"My walks are a little bit higher than normal," Goudeau said. "In high school and junior college, you can throw the ball by guys at 90 mph. Here it's a completely different game. It gets hit, one through nine, no matter how hard you throw it."

Goudeau throws an 88-91 mph fastball, a changeup that he says is his best pitch, a slider and curveball.

He has been working with pitching coach Mark Davis "on keeping my shoulders square, instead of opening up. The ball jumps out of my hand better," he said.
The Royals had Goudeau come to Kauffman Stadium for a predraft workout in late May.

"He threw really well," Goldberg said. "He's a big kid, built very similar to Tyler Sample, a third-round pick a few years ago (2008)."


• Colin Rodgers and Lincoln Rassi nearly combined for a no-hitter July 7 for Rookie-level Burlington in a 5-2 win over Bristol. Rodgers, a 2012 third-round pick, threw six no-hit innings. Rassi retired the first eight batters he faced before yielding a walk and home run.

• Shane Halley, a 20th-round pick out of Virginia, is rehabbing in Surprise, Ariz. He pulled an oblique muscle while pitching against Georgia Tech in mid-May.