There is a difference between mentioning Goldschmidt as an elite first baseman in baseball and as an elite player in the entire game. Goldschmidt is one of the best players in all of the game, not just at his position. Going forward, it’s time the casual fan understands this as well.
The 27 year old has worked extremely hard to get to where he is today. He was never thought as a gold-glove caliber fielder coming up through the system and by 2013, that notion was completely thrown out of the window as he won his fist gold-glove. Fielding obviously Paul’s best attribute.
There aren’t many better pure hitters in the game than Goldschmidt today. He sprays the ball all over the field, hits for power, hits the gaps, drives in runs, is the bat boy, the hitting instructor, the list goes on and on. The bat boy and hitting instructor labels aren’t true, but he does everything. In 2013 he lead the NL in home-runs, total bases, slugging percentage, OPS, RBI, intentional walks, etc.
When Goldschmidt went down last year, Arizona felt it. They were 16-35 without him and ended with the worst record in all of baseball. His impact is far superior than people realize and with some additions surrounding him, Arizona should be better then people are going to realize.
Goldy can hit, field, and steal a few bases from time to time. He’s the face of the D’Backs and the most complete player nobody mentions with when you bring up guys like Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, etc.