From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Goldschmidt ranked third, first and first, respectively, in his leagues by wRC+. Yes, the Nationals were on top of their game and made few mistakes. He's also on the twitter machine: @_chris_mitchell None of the views expressed in his articles reflect those of his daytime employer. by Handedness, How the Nationals Outsmarted Paul Goldschmidt in the NLCS. Splits are fun, but they can distract from the overall picture. It could have resulted in a hit, but Goldschmidt couldn’t do anything with them. I don’t know. Yet, few seemed to pay him much attention. Play-by-play data prior to 2002 was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted Ditto for me. Unfortunately for Goldschmidt, his best pitch to hit of the at-bat was the first. Most impressive of all was his power. Major League and Minor League Baseball data provided by Major League Baseball.
If he expanded the sample to include guys just under 20%, I imagine Reed would be near the top of the list. Looking back at Goldschmidt’s minor-league days, there was plenty to like about his stat line. After all, one of the best players in baseball looked a lot like they did when he was their age. Perhaps players who fit his profile — power hitters with a good amount of strikeouts who aren’t particularly young for their level — are overlooked more often than they should be. As always, you take the good with the bad. This was a fun little project (for me, at least), and these names are interesting to look at. By setting down Goldschmidt the previous two at-bats without using the slider, he knew he could use that pitch the third time around. Like a true three-outcome slugger, he paired his power and walks with strikeout rates north of 20%. With your membership, we can continue to offer the content you've come to rely on and add to our unique … FanGraphs does not have a paywall. by Retrosheet. Jeff made Lookout Landing a thing, but he does not still write there about the Mariners. After reading the title, the first name that I thought was AJ Reed. Goldy raked in the minors, as well. Have to admit, "Paul Goldschmidt & Christian Walker having almost the exact same season" is not exactly what I expected after the ARI/STL trade: Goldschmidt.260/.346/.476 .346 wOBA 11% BB 24% K .216 ISO. To review, Goldschmidt has been outstanding hitting to the opposite field. What is the Paul Goldschmidt dinger test?

He does everything. Goldschmidt was fooled, and there was little he could do about it. Goldschmidt is the very model of an all-fields threat, and that’s the very model of an ideal offensive superstar. We publish thousands of articles a year, host multiple podcasts, and have an ever growing database of baseball stats. He was sat down on strikeouts on four separate occasions. Let’s seize this opportunity to focus on Goldschmidt and take the Paul Goldschmidt dinger test. Second place is more than 50 points away. Paul Goldschmidt is one of the very best hitters on the planet. And please don't worry, your report will be anonymous.

You know Jered Weaver knew. You aren’t being graded on this. All major league baseball data including pitch type, velocity, batted ball location, Things get quite a bit more exciting, though, when you run this for his Double-A numbers. But even if we set aside the defense and baserunning aspects of his game, Goldschmidt’s developed into one of the most feared hitters on the planet. Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:52 AM ET, Park Factors In his four full seasons in the league, he’s posted wRC+s of 124, 156, 155 and 183. Check it out. Surely, there are players today who are putting up numbers that are comparable to what Goldschmidt or Jeff Kent or Carlos Santana did while at the same level. Nobody could seem to get anything going offensively. It seemed he was deciding to be more aggressive early in the count rather than wait for the perfect pitch. Maybe we don’t need splits. Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:52 AM ET, Park Factors I want to see what I can do if I see the images. *Batters who have yet to play their age-28 season. And he’s been baseball’s best pull hitter, with a 354 wRC+. Despite the frustrating K, Goldschmidt had a better at-bat his next time at the plate. You’ll see slow-motion video, pausing with Goldschmidt halfway through swinging. However, given his power and patience, Goldschmidt’s lack of contact shouldn’t have been that big of a red flag. On fly balls, he has a 356 wRC+, third-best in baseball. The Nationals pitching staff deserves credit for keeping Goldschmidt off his game, but if the Cardinals are going to make a postseason run next season, Goldschmidt will need to produce better. Probably, yes. I believe that was one of the sampling criteria. Position: First Baseman Bats: Right • Throws: Right 6-3, 220lb (190cm, 99kg) . Unsurprisingly, Goldschmidt is at his best when he puts the ball in the air. Maybe. Sanchez didn’t use the splitter, which Goldschmidt struggles with, but the sinkers and cutters did the trick. While he made a mockery of Rookie ball in his draft year, he did so as a 21-year-old coming out of college. and play-by-play data provided by Baseball Info Solutions. This was a bit unexpected considering the club’s monster first inning in Atlanta during game 5 of the NLDS. Meanwhile, Goldschmidt went 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts in the series. Game 2 was a little tricky for Goldschmidt because he had a few opportunities to do some damage against Scherzer. Way to keep him in the yard, Gio Gonzalez. However, the Nationals did a tremendous job of mixing their pitches and knowing when to throw certain pitches that Goldschmidt struggles with or hits well. All those things we’ve said this year about Bryce Harper? 2 walk rate, because, in case you haven’t noticed, he’s terrifying.

What he’s become is one of the greatest hitters of his generation, and he’s not 28 until September. Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:52 AM ET, Park Factors Goldschmidt saw three pitches in the strike zone that he could have hit. He saw seven pitches before striking out on a low inside slider. It’s the first big-league dinger surrendered of Wagner’s career, and there are worse guys to give it up to. On one hand, the Nationals pitchers were outstanding. Using league-adjusted, regressed stats, along with age, I calculated the Mahalanobis Distance between Goldschmidt’s 2011 season in Double-A and all current Double-A players. Here at FanGraphs, Marc Hulet had him unranked and 11th. Here are the top comps using his High-A numbers….

Last season, his wOBA vs. sliders was .349, and in 2017, it was .258. We were all waiting for the Cardinals offense to appear, but it never showed up, as they only scored six runs in a four-game sweep by the Nationals. Not all of those players became quality big leaguers, but an awful lot of them did. Nevermind Brett Anderson’s extraordinary groundball rate; you can’t keep the ball down against everyone. But there’s also the feel test, and while everyone’s results will be different, it feels to me like Goldschmidt doesn’t get enough credit. All UZR (ultimate zone rating) calculations are provided courtesy of Mitchel Lichtman. He gets on base in between the extra-base hits. But most of the players who grace the tops of these lists are relatively obscure prospects. I’m not actually sure who Tyler Wagner is, but I’m sure that, a few weeks ago, he gave up a dinger to Paul Goldschmidt. In Game 4, he hit a ball 101.4 mph that went 340 feet, and he had another two hard-hit outs in Game 2. Through the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks star first baseman wields a batting line of .340/.455/.610, giving him a 183 wRC+ — the fourth-highest such mark among qualified hitters. He’s no Stanton in that regard, but no one else is a Goldschmidt. Below, you’ll find a list of current players whose performances were nearest and dearest to Goldschmidt’s final season in the minors, ranked from most to least similar…. All major league baseball data including pitch type, velocity, batted ball location, Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B R Born: 09/10/1987 (Age: 32) FanGraphs Player Page. Website admin will know that you reported it.
So, Goldschmidt has been the No. I repeated this exercise using Goldschmidt’s 2010 season and all current High-A players, using Goldy’s penultimate minor league season. He has a perfect record in his field and has won many awards and titles. Statistics courtesy of He was one of the game’s best hitters last year, too. While Corbin generates fantastic results for his curveball and four-seam fastball, Goldschmidt loves those pitches. Major League and Minor League Baseball data provided by Major League Baseball. Admins may or may not choose to remove the comment or block the author. Avg Salary All Leagues $28.49 Last 10 adds $21.30 FanGraphs Points $27.80 Last 10 adds $25.10. Unfortunately for Goldschmidt, Scherzer generates an astounding .167 wOBA on his slider. He hits for power. It’s easy enough to understand maybe overlooking Goldschmidt, or perhaps taking him a little for granted, yet he really is something else. As good as Goldschmidt has become, he’s also just one data point who happened to blow past even the loftiest of expectations. In reality, Goldschmidt’s been at least average at first base, and has also been an asset on the base paths. Some of it is the player himself — Goldschmidt isn’t one to linger in the spotlight. Goldschmidt’s been baseball’s second-best hitter against righties, and he’s been baseball’s very best right-handed hitter against righties. Signed By Annie Savoy's Stockings for $24. Baseball America ranked him 13th and 11th in the Diamondbacks organization the two years he was eligible. His bat alone has allowed him to blow past all expectations set for him when he was a C-list prospect in the Diamondbacks system. Please support FanGraphs by becoming a member. Signed By Minors MADMEN for $26. Is Paul Goldschmidt the most underrated player in all of baseball? Before the D-Backs called him up for the stretch run in 2011, he hit an absurd .306/.435/.626 in Double-A. Realizing how advanced Goldschmidt was at the plate, the Diamondbacks pushed him to High-A the following year. He really is, right now, an MVP contender. Goldschmidt had a .370 wOBA against sliders this year, which is a great improvement for him. Used to be a time Goldschmidt was considered a middling prospect and a future platoon first baseman. You can flag a comment by clicking its flag icon.