“We all have goals, but I am not up there trying to hit a certain number of stats.”
All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt not only is an All-Star, he is one of the best players in Major League Baseball. Goldschmidt was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 2009 Amateur Draft. Goldschmidt has made the National League’s All-Star team in each of the last three seasons. In 2013, Goldschmidt tied for the NL lead in homers (36) and led the League in RBI’s (125). Goldschmidt was having another excellent season in 2014, when an injury forced him to miss a significant amount of playing time. Paul Goldschmidt won a Gold Glove for fielding excellence in 2013.
Paul Goldschmidt has not played in a World Championship team; however, he is “a winner”. When your best player also is your hardest worker you have something special. That is what the Diamondbacks have in Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt always has hit: In college (Texas State), in the Minor Leagues, and in the Major Leagues. What sets Goldschmidt apart, is how hard he has worked to improve other areas of his game. He has made himself into a good fielding first baseman and a man who can steal some bases. Thus far in 2015, he is batting over .320 with 26 home runs, an NL leading 96 RBI’s, and 20 stolen bases. Goldschmidt also conducts himself in a very professional manner. He is very supportive of his teammates and he brings humility to the table as well. Not bad for a guy who many scouts said looked “thick and stiff” when he came out of college.