The Diamondbacks recently made what could be a significant change to their roster. Prospect Paul Goldschmidt, after hitting .306/.453/.626 with 30 home runs in 457 plate appearances at triple-A, is their new first baseman. Last night, he hit his first career home run. Many more of those will soon follow.
In 2010, Goldschmidt was the California League MVP, hitting .314/.384/.606 with 35 home runs in 599 plate appearances. The one fear was that his numbers were inflated by the ultra hitter-friendly Cal League and that his strikeout rate would be a problem a the higher levels. That hasn’t been the case. Goldschmidt actually improved his plate discipline this season at double-A Mobile, drawing a walk in 18 percent of his plate appearances while lowering his strikeout rate to 20 percent.
That being said, there are still some question marks to his game, specifically his swing. As you can see from any video of Goldschmidt hitting baseballs into the atmosphere, he has a very big uppercut. While his swing clearly hasn’t affected his minor league numbers, one can’t help but wonder if big league pitchers will have more success in exploiting any holes. Tim Lincecum gave up Goldschmidt’s first career major league homer, but did come back to strike him out in the next at-bat.
The bottom line is that fantasy teams in need of a power boost from here on out should jump all over Paul Goldschmidt. He has a legitimate chance to hit 10 or more homers over the season’s final two months.
Eyeball ROS projection: .264/.355/.522, 9 HR, upside for more.