Concordia Native, Cloud County Alumnus Jared Goedert Named Texas League Manager of the Year
After winning the 2022 Texas League Championship, Concordia native and Cloud County Community College baseball alumnus Jared Goedert has been named the Texas League Manager of the Year.
Goedert, the manager of the Frisco RoughRiders, led the organization to a league crown in his second season as RoughRiders manager after going 74-63 and on top of the Texas League South Division. Going 38-30 in the second half of the season to clinch a postseason berth, Goedert led Frisco to their second title in franchise history and becomes the first RoughRiders manager to win Texas League Manager of the Year since Jason Wood won it in 2014. This past season was Goedert's seventh as a part of the Texas Rangers farm system, having previously served as an assistant coach with the Spokane Indians (2016) hitting coach for the AZL Rangers (2017) and Spokane Indians (2018), and hitting coach for the Hickory Crawdads (2019). Goedert was scheduled to be the hitting coach for the Down East Woods Ducks in 2020 before seeing the season canceled due to COVID-19 before moving into his current position with the RoughRiders.
A 2003 graduate of Concordia High School, Goedert was a 36th round selection by the Cleveland Indians out of high school before opting to spend the 2004 season as a Cloud County T-Bird. While at CCCC, Goedert hit .431 and set a then-school record with 77 hits while striking out just 13 times in 178 at-bats. An All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and All-NJCAA Region VI selection, Goedert would be named Honorable-Mention All-American before going on to transfer to Kansas State University where he would spend two years with the Wildcats.
Following his time at K-State, Goedert would be a ninth-round selection of the Cleveland Indians (281st overall draft pick) in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft and began his professional career with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The 2007 season would see Goedert play for the Lake County Captains and Kinston Indians as he led the entire Indians minor league system in walk percentage (16.4 percent of plate appearances) and on-base percentage (.430). Goedert would spend the entire 2008 season with the Kinston Indians before starting the 2009 season with the Akron Aeros where he would spend the entire season in Akron. The 2010 and 2011 seasons would see Goedert split time with the AA Akron Aeros and AAA Columbus Clippers. In his final two seasons as a player, Goedert would remain in AAA spending the 2013 season with the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate) and 2014 season with the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays affiliate). In total, Goedert would play in 923 minor league games and record 904 hits with 123 home runs and 522 runs driven in along with an on-base percentage of .349.