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Entries in Paul Goldschmidt (5)


Goldschmidt Defines his Strikezone

Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks hit down the stretch as he helped the team to the NL West title.  Goldschmidt's strength is his power.  His hits and walks are low enough, however, that is OBP has room for improvement.  Luckily for Goldschmidt, there's a path to improving his ability to get on base.

Goldschmidt likes to swing at inside pitches, which shows up in his ball rate:

Paul Goldschmidt, called ball rate, all pitches, 2011.Where there should be yellows and reds inside, there are only blues and greens.  Look what happens when he takes those pitches:

Paul Goldschmidt, called ball rate, taken pitches, 2011.You can see how he's not getting the calls well off the plate inside.  Those are pitches that should be going his way.  He needs to re-teach umpires by starting to take those pitches rather than swing at them.  That will lead to more favorable counts, and more balls in the strike zone that he can crush.


Goldschmidt Likes Speed

Since his call-up on August 1, Paul Goldschmidt has helped slug the Diamondbacks into first place and cast aside fans' sour memories of failed first base options like Russell Branyan, Xavier Nady and Juan Miranda. The former eighth-round pick out of Texas State has a .262 average, a .340 OBP and a .500 slugging percentage in 147 plate appearances, tallying eight home runs after going the opposite way in PETCO Park on an Aaron Harang fastball yesterday.

So far, Goldschmidt has smoked high-speed pitches. Check out his numbers against "hard" offerings (fastballs, sinkers, cutters and splitters):

Goldschmidt: .351/.435/.676

Average for non-pitchers: .284/.358/.448

Lower-speed stuff, on the other hand, is giving him lots of trouble. Here are his stats versus "soft" pitches (breaking balls and changeups):

Goldschmidt: .143/.210/.268

Average for non-pitchers: .237/.238/.374

It seems like pitchers are aware of Goldschmidt's issues with the slow stuff. Goldschmidt has seen a "hard" pitch 56 percent of the time, and a "soft" one 44 percent. The average for non-pitchers is 63 percent for "hard" and 37 percent of "soft." Until Goldschmidt shows he can adjust when the radar gun readings drop, pitchers would be best served by continuing to feed him breaking balls and changeups. Too often, those high-velocity pitches soar toward the bleachers at an ever higher speed.

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