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With Chase Anderson heading to the DL earlier this week, a spot opened up in the starting rotation. We speculated who Chip Hale could be leaning towards, but the final decision comes as a large unknown. Zack Godley will head to the bump on Thursday night in search of a stable role with the major league club.
This morning Godley’s contract was officially selected from Mobile. In order to make room for him on the 40-man roster, Phil Gosselin was transferred from the 15-Day DL to the 60-Day DL. In order to make room for him on the active 25-man roster, Matt Stites was optioned to Reno (his 3rd demotion this season).
The 25-year old Godley was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of Tennessee. In the winter of 2014, Chicago sent Godley and Jeferson Mejia to Arizona in exchange for two time All Star Miguel Montero.
Zack Godley makes his MLB debut tonight. Credit: azcentral.com
Godley started the season in Visalia, not the most promising place for a player in his mid-20’s. Godley absolutely dominated A-level ball, being named to the Mid-Season All Star team and accomplishing Pitcher of The Week honors. Godley was 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.
In the beginning of July, Godley was promoted to Mobile, where he’s made three starts for the Bay Bears. However, in AA ball, Godley has yet to pitch over 5 innings and has yet to throw over 80 pitches. Godley is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA and 8 strikeouts. The selection was definitely an interesting one.
Godley will makes his MLB debut on Thursday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at 6:40 MST. One has to believe that this nothing more than an audition in which Godley will have to exceed in if he plans to stay in Arizona.