The Arizona Diamondbacks haven’t had a season above .500 since winning the NL West in 2011. Despite this fact, the team as one of the top players in the league, who doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves. Paul Goldschmidt has been consistently great and could be the front runner for NL MVP this season.
The 29-year old Goldschmidt began his Major League career in 2011, batting .250 with eight home runs in 48 games. After a solid 2012 in which hit .286 with 20 home runs, Goldschmidt took off in 2013. In 160 games, he belted 36 home runs, drove in 125, with a .302 batting average. Add in 15 stolen bases and he had emerged of a complete dominant offensive player.
Still, many people beyond Arizona or the West Coast didn’t rave much about Goldschmidt. While Bryce Harper and Mike Trout received much of the accolades as the best players in their leagues, Goldschmidt quietly went about his business, posting excellent numbers each year.
In 2014, Goldschmidt hit .300 in 109 games, hitting 19 home runs. Over the past two seasons, he combined to hit 57 home runs, drive in 228, steal 53 bases and post a .309 batting average.
Back to the present and Goldschmidt is high in nearly every offensive category. He’s in the top ten in average, home runs, RBI, stolen bases, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. He’s on pace to belt 36 home runs, knock in 130, score 125, walk over 100 times and surpass 20 stolen bases.
The Diamondbacks are also in position at 63-48 to head into the post season. While the Dodgers clearly are the favorites in the NL and likely all of baseball to win the World Series, a hot Goldschmidt can carry the Diamondbacks. Should they make noise in the post season, the once underrated Goldschmidt should receive all the glory he deserves to take home MVP honors.