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Paul Goldschmidt: “I enjoy numbers in the business sense”

Mar 20, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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Steve Gilbert of has an interesting article about Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who was a finance major in college and had to pass up a scheduled offseason internship “shadowing a financial investor” after he was called up in August and played into October.

And it sure sounds like the 24-year-old first baseman is a stat-head:

I enjoy numbers in the business sense. It’s like in baseball, there’s some organizations that are really into sabermetrics and some are more old school and do the eye test. It’s the same in business when it comes to investing in companies. There are companies with awful numbers, but someone likes them and they turn out to be great. Other people like to look at the numbers.

Goldschmidt’s numbers, of course, have been great. Prior to an impressive 48-game debut with the Diamondbacks he hit .306 with 30 homers and a 1.061 OPS in 103 games at Double-A. High strikeout totals may keep him from posting strong batting averages long term, but Goldschmidt has immense power potential and excellent plate discipline.

  1. APBA Guy - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Hopefully the kid will have a long and prosperous career and turn his numbers skills into a positive post playing career as well, maybe end up like Nolan Ryan or something along those lines.

  2. mdpickles - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    This guy can be a machine. Saw him in a series against the Phils and he has a vicious swing with some spectacular results. The announcers compared his build to a linebacker.

  3. mlblogstwincities - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Doesn’t “high strikeout totals” imply middling plate discipline at best?

    • ptfu - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Not necessarily. Goldschmidt could be swinging only at the right pitches but missing too many of them. Good plate discipline but long swing (or swing with holes).

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      I couldn’t help but notice that as well Twin Cities.
      High Strikeout totals don’t typically result in a player having good plate discipline.
      If he is swinging and missing (at the right pitches) that much…he may want to have his eyes checked. Otherwise…he has a hole in his swing. I did have the opportunity to see him play a little bit last year and he does look like he will be a good player.
      I was just caught off guard a little bit with the high strikout/good plate discipline thing.

  4. bdeck91 - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    This guy sounds like a perfect fit for the pinstripes in the big apple! Would love to see him come DH for the yanks when he becomes a free agent

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