|Full Name||Paul Edward Goldschmidt|
|Date of Birth||September 10, 1987|
Paul Goldschmidt is a 35-year-old professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals in Major League Baseball. Goldschmidt is an infielder that is mostly used as a first baseman and a designated hitter. The power hitter has player 12 seasons in the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. He is regarded as one of the best all-round hitters in the league. The seven-time All-Star is regularly at the top of the home runs and RBI categories and consistently finishes with a high batting average.
September 10, 1987, age 35
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
St. Louis Cardinals
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Goldschmidt is a descendent of immigrants from Germany. Born in 1987, he moved to Texas at a young age. There, he excelled at baseball early on. He attended The Woodlands High School in Woodland, Texas where he played baseball and won a state championship in 2006. Although Goldschmidt and his two younger brother were raised Catholic, his father is Jewish. His great grandparents escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 and immigrated to the United States.
Goldschmidt continued his high education at Texas State University. He was regarded as one of the premier talents in the state of Texas and was selected as the Southland Conference hitter of the year in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, he was voted Southland player of the year after hitting 18 home runs and 88 RBIs.
After his college career with the Bobcats, Goldschmidt prepared for a career in the majors. He had been selected early in his college career by the Los Angeles Dodgers but chose to play at the collegiate level. In the 2009 MLB Draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Goldschmidt in the eight round with the 246th overall pick. He signed with the Diamondback and received a $95,000 signing bonus.
Goldschmidt worked his way up the Diamondbacks farm system. He started at Rookie level before progressing to Single-A and eventually working his way up to the Class AA Mobile Bay Bears. In 2010 he was named the Diamondbacks organizational Player of the Year, California League Most Valuable Player and league Rookie of the Year. After a standout 2011 with the Mobile Bay Bear, he was finally promoted to the majors in 2011.
On August 1, 2011, Goldschmidt was promoted to the major league where he recorded his first hit in his debut versus the San Francisco Giants. The following day he recorded his first home run off Cy Young winning pitcher Tim Lincecum. During his first season in the majors, Goldschmidt played in 48 games. He had a .250/.333/.474 slash line with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. The following season he continue to improve with a .286/.359/490 slash line, 20 home runs and 82 RBIs.
2013 is considered Goldschmidt’s breakout season. Before the season started he agreed on a $32 million contract though 2018. He was selected for his first All-Star Game and also won a Gold Glove Award, a Silver Slugger Award, an NL Hank Aaron Award. He led the league in home runs and RBIs that season with 36 and 125, respectively.
Between 2013-2018 Goldschmidt was selected to 6 straight All-Star games. His numbers during that six year period were phenomenal. He hit a whopping 181 home runs averaging over 30 homers per season. He hit 602 RBIs averaging 100.33 RBIs per season. Goldschmidt never had a batting average below .290 during that six year period and batted above .295 in five of the six seasons. During that time we won three Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger Awards.
In 2019 Goldschmidt was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals where he signed and five-year contract extension worth $130 million. The deal was the largest in the franchises history. In his second game with the Cardinals he hit three home runs becoming the first player in MLB history to achieve the feat in his first or second game. That season he led the Cardinals in home runs (34), RBIs (97), hits (155), walks (78), and slugging percentage (.476).
Goldschmidt continued to be a vital member of the Cardinals organization in 2020 and 2021 hitting a total of 37 home runs and 120 RBIs in 216 games. He hit career home run number 250 against the Washington Nationals on April 13, 2021. He won his fourth Gold Glove Award in 2021.
In 2022, after a three-year hiatus, Goldschmidt was one again selected to the All-Star game. This would be his seventh selection in a ten-year period.
|All-Star||2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022|
|Gold Glove Award||2013, 2015, 2017, 2021|
|Silver Slugger Award||2013, 2015, 2017, 2018|
|NL Hank Aaron Award||2013|
|NL RBI Leader||2013|
|NL Home Run Leader||2013|