PHOENIX -- Count this among the reasons the Diamondbacks chose to build around first baseman Paul Goldschmidt moving forward: Several times during spring training, Goldschmidt made time to chat with third-base prospect Matt Davidson. Sometimes it was around the batting cage. Once during a game, Goldschmidt talked about the starting pitchers tendencies in certain situations.
We talked a lot about hitting. What he goes through in his routine, Davidson said. "Hes awesome to watch. He sticks with what he does.
"He took time out of his day to pull me aside. Thats really nice. He tries to help people out.
It is the way an organization stays strong.
Goldschmidt probably saw something of himself in Davidson, a right-handed hitter who oozes power and who also is not opposed to using the whole field, a mindset that is rarer and rarer among big hitters these days. Also, the two are contemporaries, taken a few rounds apart in the 2009 draft. Davidson was a sandwich pick out of Yu...