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Diamondbacks call up slugging prospect Paul Goldschmidt

Aug 1, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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When the Diamondbacks traded Brandon Allen to the A’s in the weekend deal for Brad Ziegler it cleared the path for Paul Goldschmidt to replace him as their first baseman of the present and, Arizona hopes, the future.

And sure enough, the Diamondbacks have called up Goldschmidt from Double-A after the 23-year-old former eighth-round pick hit .306 with 30 homers, 21 doubles, and 82 walks in 103 games.

Goldschmidt has always shown a ton of power, but he’s made significant progress cutting back on strikeouts this season, going from whiffing in 27 percent of his plate appearances at high Single-A last year to 20 percent at Double-A this year.

That’s still a lot of strikeouts in the minors and Goldschmidt may not be able to maintain his lofty batting averages against big-league pitching, but he projects as a big-time power threat after going deep 39 times per 550 at-bats during three seasons as a minor leaguer.

  1. pennstpat - Aug 1, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    A 17.9% BB-rate completely negates his high K%.

  2. Charles Gates - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Goldschmidt –> Gold-slugger –> Goldschläger
    Please cut me a check when he signs his endorsement deal.

  3. 5thbase - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    It’s amazing that the Diamondbacks are in the hunt at all with the lack of production they’ve had at the infield corners. I could stomach the low pop with Ryan Roberts at 3rd if they had a regular hitting first baseman but everyone they’ve played there has been pretty bad. This kid has to be better than the others, but I feel they would have been better off bringing in a D Lee or someone else who could put up anything close to respectable numbers for a 1B.

    • marshmallowsnake - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      Yet the fans still do not show up to the games here…unbelievable… (better then Tampa though).

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Just by looking at that picture I can see that he’s a hard-worker

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