MLB Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Goldschmidt Primed For Career Year With Arizona Diamondbacks

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

When the 2012 Major League Baseball season got underway, there were several players who had a big spotlight on them for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The biggest being on Paul Goldschmidt and what he could do in his first full season in the majors. Goldschmidt had an awful April, but recovered to hit .286 for the season with 20 home runs. After that experience last year, and now with even more responsibility on him after the team traded Justin Upton, Goldschmidt may be in for a big season for the Diamondbacks.

Goldschmidt is the type of player who can hit a 500-foot home run, but can just as easily strike out on a regular basis. With Arizona being so young in the outfield outside of Cody Ross, Goldschmidt may need to hit 30 home runs for the Diamondbacks to be a serious contender in the National League West. There is no doubt in my mind that Goldschmidt is going to be a star for Arizona at some point. Goldschmidt is only 25 years old and his power is already very evident.

If Goldschmidt can keep up his average around .280 or .290 and hit 25-30 home runs in 2013, the Diamondbacks could surprise some people and make life hard on the top teams in the division. There is no way that Goldschmidt can get off to as slow of a start in 2013 than he did last season though, because that will sink hopes for the Diamondbacks very quickly. Goldschmidt must be consistent from the first pitch on Opening Day all the way to the final pitch in October for the team in the desert.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.