Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt
33-Year-Old First Baseman1B
St. Louis Cardinals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Take the name away and you might turn your nose up at Goldschmidt's 2020 batted-ball numbers; he was within 10 percentage points of league average in terms of exit velocity and hard-hit rate, per Statcast. However, Goldschmidt made more consistent contact, trimming his strikeout rate nearly six percentage points to a career-low 18.6%, and drew a ton of walks to finish among the league leaders in OBP (.417). The over-the-fence power is by no means gone, but the home park in St. Louis hurts his power production and the bat does seems to be slowing down some as Goldschmidt pushes into his mid-30s. His xwOBA on contact has been in steady decline and dipped to .411 last season, down from .487 in 2018. Further, the running game appears to be a thing of the past, which puts pressure on a high batting average and counting stats to carry his rotisserie value. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#93
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$Signed a five-year, $130 million contract extension with the Cardinals in March of 2019.
Four hits in doubleheader
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
June 20, 2021
Goldschmidt went 4-for-6 with a home run, four RBI and a walk across both halves of Sunday's doubleheader versus Atlanta.
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Most of the first baseman's contributions came in Game 1, where he hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and added an RBI single in the sixth of a 9-1 win. Goldschmidt also got on base twice in the nightcap as St. Louis mustered just two hits in a 1-0 loss. The 33-year-old is slashing .255/.320/.419 with 10 homers, 38 RBI, 38 runs scored and five stolen bases across 294 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
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#9
16
38
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vs LHP
#1
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#3
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#5
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#9
5
12
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .885 228 35 11 40 5 .271 .390 .495
Since 2019vs Right .798 970 130 39 115 4 .266 .344 .454
2021vs Left .665 64 6 0 10 4 .268 .344 .321
2021vs Right .749 238 32 10 29 1 .251 .311 .438
2020vs Left 1.031 37 5 2 6 0 .286 .459 .571
2020vs Right .886 179 25 4 13 1 .313 .419 .467
2019vs Left .961 127 24 9 24 1 .269 .394 .567
2019vs Right .791 553 73 25 73 2 .258 .335 .456
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .824 582 84 27 83 5 .271 .351 .474
Since 2019Away .792 626 81 23 73 4 .258 .351 .441
2021Home .750 136 15 6 22 3 .252 .301 .449
2021Away .716 166 23 4 17 2 .257 .331 .385
2020Home .879 108 14 4 9 0 .276 .407 .471
2020Away .865 118 16 2 11 1 .310 .415 .450
2019Home .837 338 55 17 52 2 .277 .352 .485
2019Away .805 342 42 17 45 1 .241 .339 .466
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Stat Review
How does Paul Goldschmidt compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.36
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
21.9%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.160
 
AVG
.255
 
OBP
.318
 
SLG
.415
 
OPS
.732
 
wOBA
.323
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.0%
 
Barrels/PA
10.1%
 
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Goldschmidt's first season with the Cardinals was the worst of his career since his rookie campaign. The change in venue from Chase Field to Busch Stadium accounts for a lot of the discrepancy, but not all of it. Statcast data shows Goldschmidt's average exit velocity and hard-hit rate dropped for the second straight season along with his xBA, xSLG and xwOBA. It wasn't much, but since he's on the other side of 30 years old, it's worth noting. Another area of concern is Goldschmidt's patience has declined four years in a row. Finally, while the veteran slugger launched over 30 homers for the third straight season, his extra-base hits dropped precipitously, suggesting Goldschmidt was aided by the reduced-drag ball. Putting it together, there are signs of decline, but the slope is gentle. If the market overreacts to last season's slide, don't hesitate to invest.
The impact of the humidor was felt in Arizona, but it did not affect Goldschmidt's power numbers. His 2017 and 2018 seasons were essentially identical; he had 73 extra-base hits in 2017, and repeated that number in 2018. He lost three homers that became doubles and triples. The problem for him was that the talent around him fell off so his run-producing opportunities were impacted. From 2015 to 2017, Goldschmidt had an average of 431 runners on base each season when he was at the plate. In 2018, that number dropped to 386. He also ran far less frequently, continuing a trend from 2017. Goldschmidt's year-over-year skills are stable and safe, and the counting numbers should improve following a December trade to the Cardinals. We have to wonder if the days of double-digit steals are gone for good, but this is still a skill set worthy of an early selection -- just probably not a first-round pick anymore.
Only Charlie Blackmon, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge outearned Goldschmidt last season. The overall numbers picked up where 2015 left off after the slight power hiccup in 2016. The only thing that has held Goldschmidt back in recent years was the broken hand that ended his season in early August of 2014. As long as Goldschmidt is on the field, the production is virtually a first-round lock, although news that Chase Field will install a humidor this season adds a degree of uncertainty moving forward. To this point, the numbers have been consistent across the board and where other hitters suffer volatility from year to year -- you can practically pencil in a $30 season for Goldschmidt and see what happens in the stolen-base department. Eventually, the bonus speed from the first-base position is going to wane, but as long as he has an aggressive manager that lets him run, Goldschmidt should at least get to double digits for a couple more seasons.
If a .297/.411/.489 slash line with 24 home runs and 95 RBI can be considered a down year, then you know just how good Goldschmidt has been across his six MLB seasons. In 2015, Goldschmidt slashed an absurd .321/.435/.570 with 33 home runs and 110 RBI. Expecting a repeat of those numbers might have been unfair, but that is the standard Goldschmidt has set. On a positive note, he scored 106 runs in 2016, up from 103 in 2015. He also went from 21 stolen bases in 2015 to 32 in 2016. It is his speed and base-stealing acumen that really makes Goldschmidt a special player in fantasy. It is unclear if he will run as much under new manager Torey Lovullo, but considering he upped his success rate from 80.8 percent to 86.5 percent last season, it seems likely that he will have the green light more often than not. Coming off that "down" year, Goldschmidt is no longer a lock to go in the top-five, but he is the clear top player at his position and still has all the tools to finish the year as a top-five player in fantasy.
Simply put, Goldschmidt is the best first baseman in fantasy baseball. Few players combine batting average, power and speed the way Goldy does. In 2015, his batting average was good for third in the National League, his 33 home runs placed fifth in the circuit, the 118 RBI were second in the NL and he chipped in 21 stolen bases (14th in the NL). All of this came as Goldy played in 159 games, a year after he played in just 109 games due to a hand injury. At just 28 years old, Goldschmidt is in the early stages of his peak years, so his production should remain at this level for a while. Owners may find it hard to pass on the likes of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper with a top-two pick, but Goldschmidt deserves consideration there, and he will come off the board in the first five picks in almost all mixed league drafts.
Last season was a mirror image of 2013 for the fantasy stud in terms of his batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. That is where the good news ends. Goldschmidt missed 51 games with a broken hand and was unavailable to owners for the final two months of the season. At the point of his injury, his RBI total was just 55 percent of what it was in 2013 because the team around him was rather awful. With a full season, he would have likely matched his stolen base total from 2013 and swiped at least 10 bases for a third straight season, as a first baseman. Even for a young player, Goldschmidt’s skills are stable. His strikeout rate is slightly below league average, but he offsets that with a well-above-league-average walk rate. He doesn’t get himself into trouble chasing pitches and in a time where offense is tapering off, this guy flat out rakes. Goldschmidt is first-round material again in 2015.
The brightest star in Arizona's lineup, Goldschmidt had an MVP-worthy year, hitting 36 home runs and driving in 125 runs, while slugging .551. It was the kind of breakout year the organization knew he was capable of, and MVP voters took note, as he finished second to Andrew McCutchen for the honors during the offseason. He's the biggest constant in the batting order, and 2014 figures to be another outstanding campaign for the 26-year-old stud, as his contributions as a five-category player will make him the first player off the board at his position in many leagues this spring.
Goldschmidt entered the season as the D-Backs' uncontested starter at first base, spending most of the year hitting from the middle third of manager Kirk Gibson's lineup. Not surprisingly, Goldschmidt provided steady power, but he also delivered an unexpected 18-for-21 mark on the basepaths. After struggling against lefties in his first exposure to big league pitching in 2011, Goldschmidt hit .343/.423/.645 against them last season. He also improved his overall contact rate (from 70.1 percent to 77.9) while drawing a steady supply of free passes (10.2 percent walk rate). Goldschmidt had better numbers on the road (.315/.377/.516) than at Chase Field (.253/.339/.461) and his ISO (.204) is one indication that there's likely more than 20-homer power here.
Goldschmidt proved that his impressive power display in 2010 wasn't simply the byproduct of the hitter-friendly parks of the California League, parlaying a .306/.435/.626 line with Double-A Mobile into the opportunity to serve as the D-Backs everyday first baseman down the stretch and in the playoffs. As expected, Goldschmidt's strikeout rate jumped upon his promotion to the big leagues, but he continued to display plus power while hitting a couple of clutch homers in the team's postseason push before delivering a 7-for-16 mark with a pair of homers in the Divisional Series against the Brewers. While he may not be a .300 hitter in the big leagues, Goldschmidt should be an immediate 30-homer threat with an opportunity to lock down a spot near the middle of the D-Backs' lineup.
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Plays hero Tuesday
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
June 15, 2021
Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a home run and an additional RBI in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.
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Records two hits
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
June 14, 2021
Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Monday's win over the Marlins.
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Homers, swipes bag
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
June 10, 2021
Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's 8-2 win over Cleveland.
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Stays hot in loss
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
June 7, 2021
Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 in a loss to the Reds on Sunday, and he's now reached safely in seven straight games.
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Not starting Thursday
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
June 3, 2021
Goldschmidt isn't starting Thursday's game against the Reds, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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