So the mourning period for the Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 season is over. Ok, so we haven’t finished this postseason yet, however for the Dbacks it is never too early to start looking ahead to 2012, especially since the season starts in like 18 seconds. It’s a short off-season. We are only four months till pitchers and catchers report. So it is time to review the current roster, look at what they did in 2011 and what the prospects are for 2012. Next up: Paul Goldschmidt
2011 review: He didn’t officially make it to the majors until August 1st, however we really all started to see what Goldschmidt could do way back in spring training. I even had given him an outside shot to make the team coming out of spring. The problem was he played a position that was reserved for Juan Miranda with spring surprise Russell Branyan behind him, as well as Xavier Nady. Miranda didn’t work out, Branyan is gone, and the jury is out on Nady, who most likely has played his last game as a Diamondback. For “Goldie”, he only hit a home run in his first game off of the San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum. From there, it was mostly all gold for him. He ended up with eight home runs and 26 RBI in his third of a season with the big club. He was even a bigger producer in the postseason, hitting two more home runs, including a grand slam.
2012 preview: I get chills just thinking of the type of production he can have with a full season in Arizona. If you were to project his 2011 numbers based on a full season, playing full-time and not in a platoon, you’re looking at about 25 home runs and 80 RBI. Of course that’s projection off of his first season. As he grows, his numbers will too. I have no reason not to believe he will hit at least 30 home runs and have over 100 RBI next season.