Paul Goldschmidt Called Up By D-Backs: He Can Hit The Ball
A buddy of ours from Mobile (Alabama, not that tiny burg tucked into the mountains southeast of Phoenix) has been yapping at us all year about one Paul Goldschmidt, a young first-baseman who has been hitting the crap out of the ball.
"He's the next Mark McGwire," our friend likes to say, a blessing or a curse depending on your point of view about the onetime-home-run-king-turned-steroid-tainted-bum.
Our friend points out that the good-looking Goldschmidt has been a crowd favorite in Mobile, as much for his enthusiasm on the field as his prodigious taters and gap shots.
The dude can hit, of this there is no doubt.
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Goldschmidt's numbers at Double-A Mobile have been staggering. The 23-year-old Texan leads all the minor leagues with 30 homers and 93 RBI's, highly impressive stuff. He's said not to be at all bad with the glove, a plus.
All in all, it's been a surprisingly quick ride to the Bigs for the 6-4, 235-pound fella, who the Diamondbacks drafted down in the 8th round back in 2009--the 246th pick overall that year.
Goldschmidt got called up to the big team yesterday, and joins Arizona in the Bay Area tonight for the first in a critical three-game set against division-leading San Francisco.
We don't know if he'll be in the starting lineup in such a spot--that would be asking an awful lot from the kid.
Based on his stats, we are sure that Goldschmidt inevitably will strike out a bunch--think Mark Reynolds and Chris Young territory. But from the highlight reels we've taken a peek, he will probably hit the ball hard--and for a very decent average--once he adapts to major league-level pitching.
That promises to be a tough learning curve, especially during what is emerging as an actual pennant race with the upstart D-Backs squarely in the middle of it.
For sure, we'll be watching tonight.
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