Paul Goldschmidt

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Paul Edward Goldschmidt
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Biographical Information[edit]

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. Still, he was the team's best hitters through the first few months of the year and was elected to start the 2014 All-Star Game at first base. However, he suffered a broken left hand on August 1st when hit by a pitch by the Pittsburgh Pirates' Ernesto Frieri. He was hitting .300 with 19 homers and 69 RBI at the time, and led the NL with 75 runs and 39 doubles when the injury ended his season.

He bounced back with an excellent year in 2015, however, showing no after-effects from the injury. He played 159 games hitting .321 with 38 doubles, 33 homers, 103 runs and 110 RBIs. He returned to the All-Star Game for the third straight year, won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award and finished second in the voting for the MVP Award, behind Bryce Harper. He had another productive season in 2016 as he hit .297 with 24 homers, 106 runs scored and 95 RBIs. he led the NL with 110 walks and 705 plate appearances, putting up an OBP of .411. His OPS+ fell from his personal high of 168 in 2015 but was still an excellent 134. He returned to the All-Star Game in 2017 for the fifth straight year after an excellent first half that saw the D-Backs post one of the best records in the National League. On August 3rd, he had one of the best games of his career on a rainy afternoon at Wrigley Field, homering three times and driving in 6 runs. His last homer came with one out in the 9th off closer Wade Davis and represented the go-ahead run in a 10-8 win over the Chicago Cubs. It was the first three-homer game of his career.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2010 Player of the Year California League Visalia Rawhide
  • 2011 Player of the Year Southern League Mobile BayBears
  • 5-time NL All-Star (2013-2017)
  • 2-time NL Gold Glove Winner (2013 & 2015)
  • 2-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2013 & 2015)
  • NL Slugging Percentage Leader (2013)
  • NL OPS Leader (2013)
  • NL Total Bases Leader (2013)
  • NL Home Runs Leader (2013)
  • NL RBI Leader (2013)
  • NL Bases on Balls Leader (2016)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2013 & 2015)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (2013 & 2015)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (2013, 2015 & 2016)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Barry M. Bloom: "Goldschmidt excited to represent USA in Classic: D-backs first baseman will soon leave camp", mlb.com February 28, 2017. [1]
  • Scott Boeck: "Paul Goldschmidt, practically perfect to D'backs: 'Jesus Christ in a baseball uniform'", USA Today Sports, March 27, 2016. [2]
  • Steve Gilbert: "Golden rule: Work ethic defines D-backs star: Persistence helps overlooked youngster grow into All-Star slugger", mlb.com, March 8, 2016. [3]
  • Roger Schlueter: "Goldschmidt has found a Hall of Fame track", mlb.com, February 21, 2016. [4]

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