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Jake Goebbert
Jake Goebbert
Born: (1987-09-24) September 24, 1987 (age 33)
Hampshire, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 20, 2014, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2014, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average.218
Home runs1
Runs batted in10

Jacob Dwayne Goebbert (born September 24, 1987) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2014.



Goebbert attended Hampshire High School in Hampshire, Illinois, where he played for the school's baseball and American football teams.[1][2] He then attended Northwestern University, where he played college baseball for the Northwestern Wildcats baseball team in the Big Ten Conference. During his collegiate career, Goebbert played for the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League in collegiate summer baseball. In 2009, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3]

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros drafted Goebbert in the 13th round (401st overall) of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[4] Playing in Minor League Baseball, the Astros promoted Goebbert from Class A to Class AAA during the 2011 season.[5] They invited him to spring training in 2012.[6] He finished the 2012 season with the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League.[5]

Oakland Athletics

At the end of spring training in 2013, the Astros assigned Goebbert to the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. Before he could play for Oklahoma City, the Astros traded Goebbert to the Oakland Athletics for Travis Blackley.[5][7] He played for the Double-A Midland RockHounds of the Texas League and Triple-A Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League in 2013.

San Diego Padres

On May 15, 2014, the Athletics traded Goebbert to the Padres for Kyle Blanks and a player to be named later,[4][8] later identified as Ronald Herrera.[9]

On June 19, 2014, Goebbert was called up from Triple-A El Paso to replace the injured first baseman Yonder Alonso.[10] Goebbert was primarily an outfielder in the minor leagues after having played first base at Northwestern University, but El Paso had been occasionally playing him at first base after his acquisition by the Padres.[11] At the time of his call-up, Goebbert was hitting .270 with 5 HR and 18 RBI at El Paso. Goebbert had a pinch-hit RBI single in his first Major League plate appearance on June 20 and made his first start in left field the next day.[11] He was optioned back to El Paso on July 25 when Alonso returned. Goebbert returned to the Padres on August 12 when Everth Cabrera went to the disabled list,[12] and he remained with the team for the rest of the season. Goebbert batted .218 with one home run in 101 at-bats, starting 19 games at first base and 4 in left field. He was designated for assignment by the Padres on January 7, 2015,[13] but remained with the club, attending Padres spring training in 2015 as a non-roster invitee.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On November 25, 2015, Goebbert signed to a major league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[14] He was designated for assignment on April 3, 2016.

Tampa Bay Rays

He was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays on April 6. He became a free agent after the 2016 season.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On January 27, 2017, Goebbert signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was released on March 28, 2017.

Personal life

Goebbert and his wife, Heather, reside in Pingree Grove, Illinois during the offseason. When he is not playing, Goebbert hosts youth baseball clinics and works on the family farm in Hampshire.[5] Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch includes exotic animals and a train ride.[15]

Goebbert delivered the commencement address at Judson University in December 2013.[16]


  1. ^ "Area Roundup: Goebbert's blast fuels Whips". The Courier News. May 5, 2005. Retrieved 2013.(subscription required)
  2. ^ Oberhelman, David (September 5, 2004). "Whips up to task in win over St. Francis". Daily Herald. p. 14. Retrieved 2013.(subscription required)
  3. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b Brock, Corey (May 19, 2014). "May 19, 2014". MLB.com. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d https://archive.today/20140522192853/http://couriernews.suntimes.com/sports/21106087-419/baseball-new-team-same-attitude-for-jake-goebbert.html%23.U35LgtJdVjd#.U35LgtJdVjd. Archived from the original on 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Ultimate Astros » Astros sign ex-Aggie Ruggiano, offer spring invites to five top prospects". Blog.chron.com. February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ JEFF ARNOLD - jarnold@shawmedia.com (February 13, 2014). "Another spring training, another chance for Hampshire grad Jake Goebbert | Northwest Herald". Nwherald.com. Retrieved 2014.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Shea, John (May 15, 2014). "A's trade for Kyle Blanks - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat". Blog.sfgate.com. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.espn.com/espn/wire/_/section/mlb/id/10997284
  10. ^ Brock, Corey (June 19, 2014). "Alonso lands on disabled list with sore wrist". Padres.com.
  11. ^ a b Laws, Will. "Goebbert thrilled to get first Major League start". MLB.com. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ Lin, Dennis (August 12, 2014). "Cabrera back to DL, Goebbert back up". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Johnson agrees to $1 million deal to stay with Padres". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2015/11/25/Pirates-sign-1B-OF-Jake-Goebbert-to-major-league-deal/stories/201511250291
  15. ^ Stevenson, Joe (October 15, 2014). "Padres' Jake Goebbert an offseason Hampshire pumpkin farmer". Northwest Herald. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ "Pro baseball player Jake Goebbert addresses Judson's fall graduates". Chicago Tribune. December 16, 2013. Retrieved 2015.

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