As the Arizona Diamondbacks try to hang on to first place in the National League West, they can thank a few key players for helping them get to that point. Certainly Patrick Corbin’s dynamite 7-0 start is a huge push in the fifth rotation spot but I am talking more about an everyday type player. Paul Goldschmidt is having the kind of year that will ensure his name will be talked about as an MVP type player not only this year but for many years to come.
Going into Friday’s game with the San Diego Padres Goldschmidt was sitting on a .320 batting average, 31 runs scored, 12 homers and 38 RBI. Those numbers are superb and near top of the NL. Not only does he supply big hits but he has produced them at the perfect time numerous times throughout the season as well. I wouldn’t say the Diamondbacks wouldn’t be where they are without Goldschmidt but it certainly would have been a lot more difficult for them to win quite a few of these games.
Career wise he is right on the cusp of his prime as well. Everyone knows that the Diamondbacks gave up quite a lot of offensive production in Justin Upton but the emergence of Goldschmidt is certainly one of the big reasons that they continue to produce wins. His defensive play has been stellar as well. Basically all the way around he has been an extremely valuable player for the Diamondbacks. Yes, I would suggest that when compared to the others like him across the league, he could end up being considered the most valuable of all.