The Pirates are very thin at first base and could use some depth. Paul Goldschmidt is a sleeper that the Arizona front office has finally noticed, but are they totally convinced that he can hit in the majors and if not, would he be someone the Bucs would want to include in a package with the Dbacks?
Goldschmidt bats right handed and is 6'3'' at 245 lbs. and is 23 yrs. old. In A ball last year, albeit in the CA league, he hit 35 HRs, had 108 RBIs and an average of .314 but struck out 161 times in 525 at-bats. He won the Cal League player of the year in 2010. This year, Goldschmidt leads the Southern League (AA) in home runs (22), RBIs (61) and IBB (11) with an average of .328 . His strikeout-to-walk ratio for 2011 is 53:55, a vast improvement over 2010 . Could he be just another "Big Country" Brad Eldred? In 10 ML season, Brad's avg was .264. Goldschmidt is also a member of the 2011 All Star Futures Game. Many feel he will be in the majors sometime next year, if he continues hitting AA like he has been.
So do the Bucs have a package (vets and low ML players) to go after this powerhouse from the Dbacks or are the scouts that doubt his skills for the major leagues correct? The kid so far has proven them wrong and he would look good in a Bucs uniform. What do you think?