For all of the changes that the Arizona Diamondbacks made this off-season, the best thing going for them this season might be something that stayed the same. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is going into his second full season after a decent showing last season and a short stay in 2011. His spring numbers are ridiculously better and his timely hitting has been wonderful. If he can keep some of this momentum going, he could really show up big time in the regular season.
Everyone knows that pitchers aren’t necessarily on their best game during spring training. But this time of the spring is different as they start to really get things moving towards regular season form. But as pitchers have gotten themselves more serious; Goldschmidt it still crushing the ball.
He isn’t going to match these numbers obviously. He has a .434 batting average for goodness sake. We all know that isn’t going to happen. The point is that the performance shows a vast improvement from this spring over the previous ones. That suggests to me that he is seeing the ball better, maybe has a better approach and mindset at the plate and is just ready to explode on the season.
The power position of first base has been lacking a little for the Diamondbacks and if Goldschmidt takes steps towards even the league average in production over there, it will be just one more piece to the puzzle that the team has in place. I don’t know if they are going to have enough to win the NL West or not but they certainly appear to be improved over last season and Goldschmidt is a big reason why.