Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is dominating at the plate in 2013. In fact, he ranks in the top four in the National League in all major offensive categories. For this reason, does the right-handed batter have a legitimate shot at starting at first base in the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game?
Goldschmidt is in third place in the All-Star voting with 473,513 votes as of June 4. Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto (1,044,742) and San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt (513,371) are the two players in front of him. Obviously, Goldschmidt is going to need help from the Diamondbacks fan base as well as fans outside of Arizona if he wants to catch Votto.
The sad part about it is the 25-year-old’s numbers are better than Votto’s in every category but one (on-base percentage). Unfortunately, the fact is he is still rather unknown outside of the Diamondbacks organization, whereas Votto is a household name.
Goldschmidt ranks fourth in the NL in batting average (.335), third in home runs (13), first in runs batted in (49), second in doubles (17), fifth in walks (31) and third in on-base percentage (.417). In the month of May, he batted .376 with seven home runs, 23 RBI, nine doubles, 11 walks and 16 runs in 93 at-bats.
What is even more impressive than his numbers is the fact that he does not expect to be honored for his achievements. All he cares about is helping the Diamondbacks win ball games so that they can clinch a postseason berth.
“He’s very humble, he stays humble,” manager Kirk Gibson said, according to Dbacks.com. “I think he understands you’ve got to kind of keep a level head and not get too excited over things. He realizes the journey that he’s on — how long it is and that’s kind of one of the ways he leads, people watch him. He just continues to impress with his demeanor, mentality, preparation and performance. He’s just really good.”