Paul Goldschmidt, First Base, Arizona Diamondbacks, #44
Date of Birth: 9/10/1987
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware
College: Texas State University
Current Salary: $8,850,000
Paul Goldschmidt, the power hitting first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was drafted out of college by the Diamondbacks in 2009. He played in the minor leagues for almost three seasons (2009-2011) and ended with a .317 batting average. He first played with the Diamondbacks towards the end of the 2011 season, playing in 48 games with the team.
In 2012, his rookie season, Goldschmidt batted .286 with 147 hits, 43 doubles (career high), 20 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases in 145 games. The 2013 season, however, was a much stronger one, with 182 hits, 36 doubles, 36 home runs, 125 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, and a .302 batting average in 160 games. In 2013, Goldschmidt led the National League in home runs and RBIs and he won a Silver Slugger award and the NL Hank Aaron award. He also won a Gold Glove for his fielding at first base.
Goldschmidt played in 109 games in 2014. He finished the season with 122 hits, 39 doubles, 19 home runs, 69 RBIs, and a .300 batting average.
Goldschmidt had a strong 2015 season with highs in hits (182), stolen bases (21), and batting average (.321). In 159 games, he also had 38 doubles, 33 home runs, and 110 RBIs. Defensively, as a first baseman, he made 123 assists, 129 double plays, 1,378 putouts, and 5 errors in 157 games. He had a .997 fielding percentage.
Goldschmidt received his second Gold Glove and his second Silver Slugger award in 2015.
Goldschmidt had another strong season in 2016, batting .297 in 158 games. He had 172 hits, 33 doubles, 24 home runs, a career high 32 stolen bases, and 95 RBIs. Defensively, as the Diamondbacks first baseman in 157 games, he made 116 assists, 127 double plays, 1,378 putouts, and 4 errors.
Career batting statistics for Goldschmidt through 2016 include:
- 779 games played
- 844 hits
- 198 doubles
- 140 home runs
- 99 stolen bases
- 507 RBIs
- 739 strikeouts to 471 walks
- .299 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Goldschmidt at first base through 2016 include:
- 764 games played
- 505 assists
- 585 double plays
- 6,769 putouts
- 28 errors
- .996 fielding percentage
Goldschmidt married his wife Amy in October, 2010.
In September, 2013, Goldschmidt earned a BS degree in management from the University of Phoenix.