After a slow start to the 2012 season, Paul Goldschmidt is on a tear and he’s quietly putting up all-star caliber numbers with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
April/March: 6 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .193 AVG
May: 12 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, .314 AVG
June: 16 R, 7 HR, 16 RBI, .341 AVG
July: 12 R, 4 HR, 18 RBI, .309 AVG
August: 5 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .283 AVG
As you can see, Goldschmidt is clearly back on track and continues to show that he can hit for power and hover around the .300 average mark, which isn’t easy to do for any hitter in baseball.
Goldschmidt is in a great situation with the Diamondbacks, he’s going to be in the middle of the batting order and gets to play in a great hitters park when he’s at home. Blessed with a ton of power, Goldschmidt has the ability to take an opposing pitcher deep when he makes a mistake. He’s not as much of a pure power hitter like Adam Dunn, because he doesn’t try to hit home runs almost every time he comes to the plate. He compares more to Joey Votto, a guy that is just a great all around baseball player.
Home (50 games): 30 R, 9 HR, 31 RBI, .279 AVG
Away (53 games): 21 R, 7 HR, 30 RBI, .311 AVG
When I look at those numbers, I see a guy who can drive the ball to all fields and is turning into a great hitter. The fact that he is putting up better numbers on the road is also very impressive, because the National League West does not feature any hitter’s parks other than Chase Field and Coors Field. PETCO Park, AT&T Park and Dodger Stadium are regarded as three of the best pitchers parks in all of baseball.
Goldschmidt has come a long way after being selected 246th overall in the 2009 MLB amateur draft. The Los Angeles Dodgers originally selected him in 2006, but he chose not to sign as he accepted a scholarship at Texas State and would play three seasons there (2007-2009). Goldschmidt began to really make a name for himself in 2010, his first professional season. He was named the Diamondbacks minor league player of the year and MVP of the California League (advanced class-A) after hitting .314 with 42 doubles, three triples, 35 home runs and 108 RBI with Vasalia.
In terms of first baseman, Goldschmidt has really jumped in my rankings as you can see below.
1. Joey Votto
2. Albert Pujols
3. Prince Fielder
4. Adrian Gonzalez
5. Edwin Encarnacion
6. Billy Butler
7. Freddie Freeman
8. Paul Goldschmidt
9. Adam Dunn
10. Mark Teixeira
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