First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was an absolute beast for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013, leading the NL in a number of offensive categories while finishing second to Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen in MVP voting. While his 2013 season was remarkable, it seems that Goldschmidt may very well be capable of even more this year and into the future.
The Diamondbacks as a team have been a complete disaster in 2014, currently sporting the second-poorest winning percentage in all of MLB behind only the Houston Astros. There are myriad reasons for this subpar record, particularly the massive struggles of the pitching staff along with a limited lineup. However, Goldschmidt has done everything within his power to stop this, and is continuing to produce at the high level he established last season.
On Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, Goldschmidt cranked a two-run shot in the first inning off of Marco Estrada, his sixth homer of the season. He also increased his RBI total to 21 while going 3-for-5 to raise his batting average to .342 on the year. Goldschmidt has quickly established himself as one of the best first basemen in the game, and at only 26 years of age, he should only continue to improve as he approaches his prime.
While Goldschmidt was coming off a solid year in his first full season in 2012, his monster output in 2013 was something to behold. The All-Star first baseman produced 36 homers and 125 RBIs while batting .302 for the year. Goldschmidt did strike out 145 times, but also drew 99 walks, a number that contributed to a very high OBP of .401. His slugging percentage and OPS were also off the charts, and he threw in a Gold Glove award for good measure.
Goldschmidt was extended to the tune of five years and $32 million before last season, which in hindsight looks to be a brilliant move by the Diamondbacks organization. This incredibly team-friendly deal will yield remarkable production on the cheap, although the Diamondbacks will likely rework the contract at some point considering the numbers Goldschmidt will be posting through the life of the extension.
Goldschmidt seems destined to win an MVP award in the near future; who knows, perhaps it may even happen this season.