Diamondback fans got their long awaited wish on Monday when Paul Goldschmidt was called up to the big leagues before Arizona’s game in San Francisco. Goldschmidt’s sudden rise to the bigs came into fruition after Brandon Allen was part of the Brad Ziegler deal to Oakland.
Goldschmidt hasn’t disappointed in the first two games of this critical series against the Giants.
In his first seven major league at-bats, the youngster has two hits with one of them coming in his very first at-bat. Goldschmidt’s second hit came on a big two-run homer in last night’s game that gave his team a 2-1 lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the night.
All of this is coming off of the brilliant numbers that Goldschmidt put up while at Double-A Mobile. In 103 games, the first baseman hit 30 home runs, which lead all minor league hitters at the time he was called up. Goldschmidt also had driven in 94 runs and featured a .306 batting average.
One of the biggest reasons for his turnaround compared to his 2010 season has been his ability to draw more walks and cut down on his strikeouts.
In 142 less plate appearances compared to 2010, Goldschmidt had already 25 more walks than he did in the previous season. His strikeouts have been cut down significantly as well. His strikeout rate was more than 30 percent in 2010, it was 25 in the minors this season.
After just a handful of at-bats against big league pitching, it is hard to judge whether a kid is going to be a future hall of famer or a borderline starter, but this much is certain, Goldschmidt is going to stay in a Diamondbacks uniform for the forseeable future.
At the moment, he clearly is the best option that they have down at first base now that Allen is down by the Bay. Xavier Nady has done a nice job down there, but he doesn’t offer the freakish power that you want out of one of your corner infield spots like Goldschmidt does.
Throughout over the next two months, Goldschmidt will have his ups and his downs, but he will be a better player for it. There is no better way for a young player to learn to hit big league pitching than during the heat of the pennant race.
Hopefully the youngster will make the most of this opportunity and help lead the Diamondbacks to a division title.