Paul Goldschmidt

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Paul Goldschmidt

Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 44
First baseman
Born: (1987-09-10) September 10, 1987 (age 25)
Wilmington, Delaware
Bats: RightThrows: Right 
MLB debut
August 1, 2011 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through August 26, 2012)
Batting average    .279
Home runs    26
Runs batted in    92
Slugging percentage    .506
Teams
 
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Paul Goldschmidt

Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 44
First baseman
Born: (1987-09-10) September 10, 1987 (age 25)
Wilmington, Delaware
Bats: RightThrows: Right 
MLB debut
August 1, 2011 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through August 26, 2012)
Batting average    .279
Home runs    26
Runs batted in    92
Slugging percentage    .506
Teams

Paul Edward Goldschmidt (born September 10, 1987) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Early Life

Paul Goldschmidt was born in Wilmington, Delaware, but grew up in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston. He attended The Woodlands High School and went on to Texas State University where he was twice named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and was a third-team All-American as a junior in 2009 after hitting .352 with 18 home runs and 88 RBI in only 57 games. [1] Goldschmidt set the record for home runs (36), doubles (45), walks (110) and RBI (369) during his three-year career at Texas State.

Minor Leagues

Goldschmidt was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, out of the Texas State University.[2]

In 2009 he tore up Rookie League pitching for the Missoula Osprey, hitting .334 and 18 home runs along with 62 RBI in just half a season of pro ball, giving him (along with his college totals from earlier in the 2009 season) 36 HR and an incredible 150 RBI in only 131 games that year.

He continued his success the following year in the California League, where he was named and All-Star as well as the league's Most Valuable Player. He was also named the Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League Player of the Year. [3] 2011 was just as impressive, as he was once again named the Diamondbacks Minor League Player of the Year, Baseball America 1st team Minor League All-Star, Double-A All-Star 1B, Southern League All-Star 1B, and Southern League Most Valuable Player. [4]

In all, Goldschmidt hit .317 with a .407 on-base percentage and 83 home runs in only two and a half minor league seasons.

Professional Career

Goldschmidt was called up to the majors for the first time on August 1, 2011, becoming the first Texas State position player to play at the major league level.[5] At the time of his call-up, he was leading the minors in home runs (30). In his first Major League at-bat, Goldschmidt had a base hit. The next day, on August 2, 2011, Goldschmidt hit his first home run off of San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum. In his rookie season, Goldschmidt batted .250 with 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 48 games.

In Game 3 of the NLDS against the Brewers, Goldschmidt blasted a two-out grand slam to keep the Diamondbacks alive in the postseason. He is only the third rookie to hit a grand slam in post season history.

Personal Life

Paul met his future wife during his freshman year at Texas State; the couple married in October of 2010.[6]

Goldschmidt's father is Jewish and his mother is Christian; he was raised a Christian.[7]

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