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Third Quarter Dbacks Review: Paul Goldschmidt

By Scott Allen

With now just under 40 games left in the regular season, we are in the home stretch, the final quarter of the 2011 season. It is time to review the current Arizona Diamondbacks roster to look at what they’ve accomplished, where they are now, and what they can provide, if anything, in the final six-plus weeks of the National League West pennant race. Next up: Paul Goldschmidt

What he’s accomplished: A huge star in the minor leagues.  Only Dbacks player to hit at least 30 HR in the minors in one season.  He’s come up to the Dbacks and provided the same power he displayed in his rise to the big leagues.

What he’s doing now: Not playing everyday, but that is just fine.  He is hitting .292 with 4 HR and 10 RBI in just 48 AB.  That’s one HR every four at bats.  I’ll take that everyday.

What he means to the Dbacks run to the pennant: He’s a wild card.  Manager Kirk Gibson has been very careful to use him in the right spots.  He’s going to strikeout a bunch like any other power hitter, however the difference between him and Mark Reynolds is that “Goldie” will most likely hit for average too.  That will be the key going down the stretch.  Getting on base when he plays, not just hitting homers.