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Paul Edward Goldschmidt
(Goldy)

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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 49th round of the 2006 amateur draft but did not sign. He was then chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft and signed by scout Trip Couch. He made his pro debut that summer with the Missoula Osprey and hit 18 homers to tie Brian Cavazos-Galvez for the Pioneer League lead. With the Visalia Rawhide in 2010, he hit .314 with 35 home runs and 108 RBI and was named California League MVP.

He began 2011 with the Mobile Bay Bears of the AA Southern League and was selected to play for the United States team in the 2011 Futures Game. On August 1st, the Diamondbacks called him up from Mobile and inserted him in the starting line-up at first base in a game against the San Francisco Giants and Matt Cain. He singled in his first at-bat and went 1 for 4 overall in a 5-2 win. At the time of his call-up, he was leading all the minor leagues with 30 home runs and 94 RBI. At the end of the minor league season, he was named recipient of the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award. He finished his first major league season hitting .250/.333/.474 in in 48 games, with 9 doubles and 8 homers. The Diamondbacks won the NL West title and Goldschmidt started the last four games of the NLDS at first base against the Milwaukee Brewers, after veteran Lyle Overbay had started Game 1. He was the D-Backs' best hitter, going 7 for 16 (.438) with a pair of homers, 4 runs scored and 6 RBI.

Goldschmidt continued to establish himself as one of the major leagues' brightest young stars in 2012, playing 145 games with a batting line of .286/.359/.490, with 43 doubles, 20 homers, 82 runs scored and 82 RBI. While not necessarily considered a base stealer, he was an excellent 18 for 21 in that department. His 43 doubles were fourth in the National League, and he also led the circuit in sacrifice flies with 9. On March 29, 2013, the Diamondbacks announced that they had signed him for the next five years for $32 million, with an option for 2019 worth an additional $14.5 million. He responded by having his finest season, installing himself among the National League's leaders in RBI from the start and being named to the All-Star team for the first time. He finished the season with a 19-game hitting streak and put up excellent numbers overall: a batting line of .302/.401/.551, with his slugging percentage leading the league; his 36 homers and 125 RBIs also led the league and he scored 103 runs while drawing 99 walks. He finished second in the MVP vote, behind Andrew McCutchen.

The Diamondbacks started the 2014 season poorly, losing the historic two-game season-opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, and then falling to 1-6 after 7 games, but Goldschmidt was the one bright light, as he kept on hitting, extending his hitting streak started the previous year to 26 games. It ended on April 5th, when he went 0 for 2 with a pair of walks.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2010 Player of the Year California League Visalia Rawhide
  • NL All-Star (2013)
  • NL Gold Glove Winner (2013)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2013)
  • NL Slugging Percentage Leader (2013)
  • NL OPS Leader (2013)
  • NL Total Bases Leader (2013)
  • NL Home Runs Leader (2013)
  • NL RBI Leader (2013)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2012 & 2013)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2013)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2013)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2013)

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