2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Paul Goldschmidt
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Paul Goldschmidt and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman during the 2020 MLB season.
For the most part, Paul Goldschmidt was “as advertised” in 2019. He was a stalwart in the Cardinals’ lineup, playing in 161 games, and he hit 34 home runs with 97 RBI. However, the stolen bases have essentially dissipated to nothing, and his batting average took a steep downturn last year, down to .260, which is his lowest mark in a season where he played at least 100 games. Sure, he had a strong run to end the season, but which version should fantasy owners expect in 2020? Let’s dive into that.
As a whole, some of his peripherals are trending in the wrong direction. His O-Swing% has increased for the third-straight season, all the way to a career-high 31.4 percent last season, which also pushed his SwStr% to 11.1 percent, his highest since 2011. His strikeout rate, believe it or not, actually dipped from the year before, and his creeping back closer to his career average of 22.7 percent. On the other hand, that walk rate has dipped again, and in fact, it’s dropped each year...