The Delaware native finished first (or tied for first) in the National League in home runs (36), RBIs (125), Slugging Percentage (.551), and OPS (.952). He also finished with a gaudy .302 batting average and .401 On Base Percentage.
It was truly a MVP season for the first baseman and has caused his value to skyrocket this off-season. Goldschmidt has put in a ton of work in the cage this off-season, though, and he could actually improve his numbers in 2014. The 26-year-old is in his prime right now and has more superior fantasy seasons ahead of him this year.
Even more promising, Goldschmidt now has a powerful new teammate in Mark Trumbo. The utility man also has 30-plus home runs potential and will be an amazing addition behind Goldschmidt. Trumbo’s powerful bat will only make Goldschmidt more feared and help the slugger score even more runs next season.
Goldschmidt had the first 30-100 campaign of his career this past season and I fully expect him to do it again in 2014. He has matured into one of the best sticks in baseball and the slugger seems like a pretty good conciliation prize after the big three (Mike Trout/Miguel Cabrera/Andrew McCutchen) come off the board.