27 August 2010
Visalia 1B Paul Goldschmidt
was named the California League MVP on Friday, as well as the league's Rookie of the Year.
Goldschmidt, 22, the Diamondbacks' 8th Round pick in the 2009 draft, is tied for the minor league lead in home runs with 33, and also leads the California League in slugging at .592 and is second in RBI with 96. Goldschmidt has a .305 batting average with a .375 on base percentage, and has also contributed 37 doubles.
Against left-handed pitching, Goldschmidt's numbers are even more incredible. He has hit .397 against LHP, and has slugged .824, with 14 HR in only 131 ABs. Unlike 2008, when many felt that Goldschmidt was a product of a friendly home stadium, this year he has hit equally well at both home and on the road:
Home: .307/.389/.623, 17 HR
Road: .305/.362/.570, 16 HR
Joining Goldschmidt on the California League All-Star team is LF Marc Krauss
, who hit .308/.372/.519 with 24 HR and 82 RBI for Visalia.