MLB: AZ Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt
Currently the Diamondbacks are sitting in first place. Some might say, surprising, with guys like Miguel Montero, Jason Kubel, Martin Prado and others either struggling or injured. But, there is one guy who has been driving the Diamondbacks offense, his name is Paul Goldschmidt.
He is hitting .428 (12 for 28) with nine RBI in his last seven games. Overall he has a .332 average with 13 homers and 45 RBI in 54 games played. If you are like me, you have become a fan, and how can we not be given his production and leadership.
Let’s take a closer look at his brief career.
Goldschmidt was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of Texas State University. He was sent to play for the Missoula Osprey after the draft. He hit .334 with 18 home runs along with 62 RBI in just half a season of pro ball. He continued his success the following year in the California League, for Visalia and then in 2011 AA Mobile. In all Goldschmidt hit .317 with a .407 on-base percentage and 83 home runs in only two and a half minor league seasons. The only negative was that his defense and strikeouts were concerns of MLB scouts and that might have kept him from being regarded as a top prospect; but that did not stop the Diamondbacks from calling him up to the majors on August 1, 2011. In his first Major League at-bat, Goldschmidt had a base hit. The next day, on August 2, 2011, Goldschmidt hit his first home run off of San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum. Since his call-up, the questions about his defense and strikeouts have not been mentioned. In fact, his defense has been a key to the Diamondbacks success so far in 2013. As of this article he has made only 2 errors and has a .996 fielding average, and the Diamondbacks are currently tied with the fewest errors in baseball.
The Diamondbacks are in great shape with Goldschmidt and his contract. At the end of March the Diamondbacks signed Goldschmidt to a five-year, $32 million contract extension. Just two months later that contract is looking like a bargain. Playing in Arizona he does not get the publicity that other players receive, but if he keeps hitting like he is, it’s going to be hard to ignore him.
I hope to see you at the ballpark on June 7th when the Diamondbacks come home to play the SF Giants.
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