CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tyler Goeddel was almost guaranteed a roster spot when he reported last month to spring training. The Phillies drafted him first overall in December's Rule 5 Draft. There was little chance they wanted to risk losing him by pushing him off the 25-man roster.

Now, Goeddel seems poised to grab a starting role as Aaron Altherr will possibly miss the entire season after undergoing left wrist surgery on Wednesday. The righthanded Goeddel, 23, has never played above double A and only started playing the outfield last season.

"The first day, I was really nervous, I remember," Goeddel said. "First day of camp and first game. I was really nervous. But I'm feeling a lot more comfortable right now. Once the first inning of the first game went by, it's the same game. I feel good now. I feel comfortable.​"

Goeddel has six hits in his first 18 at-bats this spring. He has spent time in all three outfield positions, with the most time coming in right field. Manager Pete Mackanin said Goeddel has made a "great impression."

"Not only does he play a solid defense. He can run," Mackanin said. "He looks like a heady ballplayer and I like his swing path. I like the way he approaches. He seems to have good pitch recognition, especially when he gets behind in the count. He doesn't really offer at pitches that are out of the strike zone, which is really nice to see, a young player having good plate discipline like that."