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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Piecoro:Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt defies critics, develops into cornerstone of team’s future

It has been a little more than a year since Paul Goldschmidt made his major-league debut, and in that time he has gone from a player who was viewed skeptically by the industry to someone whom the Diamondbacks view as a cornerstone of their future.

“I’m hoping,” General Manager Kevin Towers said, “this is a guy who stays a Diamondback for a long, long time.”

It has been an impressive 12 months for Goldschmidt. In 146 career games entering Thursday, he had a .290 average, .358 on-base and .526 slugging, and his .884 OPS ranks fifth among major-league first baseman in that span. He has 42 doubles, two triples and 24 home runs.

shoewizard Posted: August 11, 2012 at 05:12 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. shoewizard Posted: August 11, 2012 at 06:15 AM (#4206013)
The drop in K rate from 30% to 23% is the biggest surprise to me in his development.

If that ever drops below 20%, he's going to hit .320 with power.
   2. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 11, 2012 at 06:35 AM (#4206015)
Kevin just told me the other day that Paulie might be his best draft pick ever.
   3. shoewizard Posted: August 11, 2012 at 07:14 AM (#4206016)
Ha! Actually the new regime would never have drafted Goldschmidt.

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