Sleeper Report: Breakouts
Paul Goldschmidt – 1B – Diamondbacks
Goldschmidt got the late call-up from AA Mobile and looked like a pro hitter from day one. He helped Arizona’s run to win the NL West by batting .250 with eight home runs, nine double and four stolen bases with just 156 at bats. In addition, he batted .438 with two home runs in the playoffs.
Goldschmidt, one of the top hitting prospects in the Arizona farm system, batted .306 with 30 home runs with 366 at bats in 2011 before his call-up. The previous year in A Visalia he batted .314 with 35 home runs with 525 at bats.
The one consistent point here is power. He has the ability to be a 30-40 home run hitter in a full season in the big leagues, and though he is a couple years away from his full potential, he should provide very good power numbers in 2012.
Manager Kirk Gibson currently has Goldschmidt batting 7th, but that could easily change if he continues to show his power. If Goldschmidt is batting in the middle of the Arizona line up that includes newbies Aaron Hill and Jason Kubel as well as the returning cast of Stephen Drew, Justin Upton, Miguel Montero and Ryan Roberts, he could be one of the breakouts of the 2012 fantasy baseball draft.