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At the tender age of 24, Paul Goldschmidt batted .286/.359/.490 with 20 HRs and 18 SBs (against just three caught stealings). He scored and knocked in 82 runs in just 145 games. This followed up a somewhat impressive debut in 2011, during which he socked eight dingers in just 48 games.
However, there is a reason Goldschmidt only played 145 games last season: he can’t hit righties that well. For his career (520 plate appearances), Goldschmidt has batted .262/.333/.436 against righties and has fared worse against righty starting pitchers (.246/.316/.415).
Goldschmidt had the 37th most plate appearances against lefties last year (201). The guys he trailed were either top of the order players who see more at bats or lefties who face LOOGYs more often. Sure, Goldschmidt might see a few more lefties in 2013, but it’s hard to see him getting as many plate appearances against southpaws as someone like Adam Dunn (215), Angel Pagan (224), Ichiro (237), Shin-Soo Choo...