2013 Fantasy Baseball: 1B Paul Goldschmidt Finally Having Breakout Season

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Many fantasy baseball owners pegged 2012 to be the breakout season for Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt.

However, his batting average was just .286 and he only hit 20 home runs with 82 RBIs over the whole year. It was not exactly the breakout campaign that everyone was hoping for and it left him as a low-end starter in most leagues this spring.

This season has been a completely different story, though, for Goldschmidt. He is hitting everything and seems to be gaining experience with each at-bat. It is still early, but Goldschmidt’s .340 batting average is simply incredible. He is finally looking like a fantasy superstar and has put up starter quality numbers night after night.

Goldy has already crushed three homers with 12 RBIs this far into the young season. He is sitting atop all fantasy first basemen at the moment and is out producing some of the best power-hitters in the majors.

However, he has struck out an uninspiring 18 times through the first 16 games. He has always been a free swinger, so the high number of strikeouts shouldn’t be too surprising. As long as his power numbers and average remain consistent, the strikeouts won’t be too hard to deal with.

Goldschmidt is on pace to have his first All-Star fantasy season and the 25-year-old has become one of the best dynasty league options at the position.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.


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