"Having the confidence of knowing that I've been up here really helped me," Goebbert said. "Once you get a taste, this is where you want to play. I'm just grateful to be here and have another chance."
Goebbert hit .250 in 48 at-bats earlier this season with San Diego. He's hitting a combined .296 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs this season in two Triple-A stops, including a .322 mark with El Paso.
Padres manager Bud Black thinks that Goebbert could be poised to replicate his impressive Minor League numbers as a left-handed hitter off the bench for the Padres.
"The decision went into what balances us out better, with Jake or bringing a [middle] infielder back with Cabrera [injured], which might've been a thought," Black said. "When you look at the composition of our roster right now, maybe a little more offensive person on the bench comes into play. … I think [Goebbert] gives that to us."
From a mental aspect, Black thinks players can get into a groove more easily once they've been called up from the Minors multiple times. Goebbert's first cup of coffee was "a dream come true," as he had the opportunity to play in front of his family and friends when the Padres visited the Cubs for a series at Wrigley Field, not far from his Illinois hometown.
"Having that opportunity was very special for me and something I've always dreamed of," Goebbert said. "But now it's time to put these dreams into reality and start working on perfecting my goals and becoming the player I want to be."
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.