Jun 24, 2011 12:49 AM by KPAX Media Center
MISSOULA- Coming off of the Southern League All-Star Game, and just before stepping on the field to get ready for the first game of the second half of the season, former Missoula Osprey first baseman Paul Goldschmidt found out that he'll have the chance to play in front of what could be his next set of fans - at Chase Field.(photo courtesy Missoula Osprey)
Goldschmidt was selected to play in the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10. The event is the beginning of the MLB All-Star Game festivities, which culminates with the All-Star Game on July 12 in the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field. Every Major League Baseball team has at least one player on a Futures Game roster, and all four full-season minor-league levels will be represented in the game.
"Goldy" has put himself in position for a potential promotion to the D-backs, pending a number of factors playing out, this season, thanks to his incredible run in the pitching-favored Southern League. He is third in the league in hitting, toting a .328 batting average, and leads the league in several categories - home runs (a minor league-leading 22), RBIs (61), on-base percentage (.450), slugging percentage (.656), OPS (1.106), walks (55), total bases (164) and runs (56), and also has the best home run-to-at-bat ratio in the league, hitting a four-bagger every 11.36 at-bats.
Goldschmidt has been providing big power numbers since beginning his professional baseball career. In Missoula, Goldschmidt hit 18 home runs, setting a new single-season standard in the process, while also breaking the record for doubles (27), slugging percentage (.638) and total bases (183). Goldy then followed that up with an MVP season in the California League for Class A Advanced Visalia, leading all of Class A Baseball with 35 home runs while hitting .314 and driving in 108 runs for the Rawhide.
Goldschmidt is one of two D-backs' farmhands who were selected to play in the Futures Game, the other being left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs.