The 2013 Diamondbacks in the record books: Hitting

Christian Petersen

Where did the team's individual feats rank in Arizona history? Let's take a look, beginning with the offensive categories, a.k.a. It's All About the Goldschmidts.

Batting average: Paul Goldschmidt, .302.
Goldschmidt's BA is ranked 8th all-time among qualifying Diamondback hitters. and he became the 12th to bat .300 or better in a season; Aaron Hill was the last, in 2012. Luis Gonzalez is the only player to have done so more than once, reaching the mark in four season.

On-base percentage: Paul Goldschmidt, .401.
The .400 mark is something reached previously only by Gonzalez - Greg Colbrunn did reach .405 in 2000, but that was only over 385 PAs. Gonzo's franchise record still stands, at a remarkable .429, but Goldschmidt became the first Arizona batter in a decade with an OBP of .400+.

Slugging percentage: Paul Goldschmidt, .552.
Paul ranked fourth here: obviously Gonzo's 2001 leads the way, at an amazing .680. Four more bases over the season and Goldschmidt would have been second - you might be more surprised by the actual second- and third-placed names: Jay Bell (.557 in 1999) and Chad Tracy (.553, 2005).

OPS: Paul Goldschmidt, .952
Trailing only Gonzo's 2001 (1.117), Goldie just pipped (on the fourth decimal place) Luis in 1999. The highest non-Gonzalez mark previously was .931 by Bell. And if you adjust for park and league, the gap is closer. Luis is still ahead in OPS+, 174 to 160: no-one is close, with third place going to Justin Upton's 141 in 2011.

Home-runs: Paul Goldschmidt, 36
I'd forgotten that Mark Reynolds was runner-up in this category, his 44 in 2009, trailing Gonzalez (57 in 2001, natch). Goldschmidt was fifth, with Jay Bell (38, 1999) and Troy Glaus (37, 2005) just ahead of him. He was the sole D-back to reach 15 homers, the only time that happened previously was 2004 (Shea Hillenbrand),

RBI: Paul Goldschmidt, 125
That was the most in 12 years by a Diamondback. You have to go back to Gonzalez's 142 in 2001, to find a matching tally, and he was the only Arizona hitter with more than 102 since, having driven in 104 in 2003. The last D-back with three figures was Adam LaRoche who had exactly 100 in 2010.

Runs: Paul Goldschmidt, 103
Tied for eighth in Arizona history, taking over from Upton, who led the team in each of the previous two seasons, with 107 and 105 respectively. The all-time leader remains Bell, who crossed home-plate a total of 132 times during the 1999 campaign.

Walks: Paul Goldschmidt, 99
One shy of the franchise record, with the highest non-Gonzo figure previously being Glaus's 84 in 2005. Goldschmidt's 19 intentional walks was also second in franchise history to Gonzo's 2001, but Goldschmidt led the league in that department this season.

Strikeouts: Paul Goldschmidt, 145
Scrapes into the franchise top ten, tied for ninth, a long way short of the whifftastic numbers posted by Reynolds in his prime. It's worth noting that Goldschmidt's number would have good in 2010 only for equal fifth, behind Reynolds, LaRoche, Kelly Johnson, Upton and equal with Chris Young, all of whom had at least 39 fewer PAs.

And, finally, the non-Goldschmidt categories! The following reached the top ten in team history.

Singles: Martin Prado, 120
Bit of an obscurist category this one. However, Prado got to say "Hello" to the opposing first-baseman more than anyone since Eric Byrnes in 2007, and comes in fifth all-time for Arizona.

Doubles: Gerardo Parra, 43
Parra matched Goldie's tally from last season, and one behind team leader that year, Aaron Hill. Gerardo was good enough for seventh, the champion being Gonzalez, who had 52 in 2006 to become the only Diamondback ever to reach the 50-double mark in a season.

Double-plays: Martin Prado, 29
Goldschmidt's 23 also broke the previous all-time mark, by Orlando Hudson in 2007, while Miguel Montero's 18 cracked the top ten as well. Indeed, Prado's number cracked the top 20 for all of baseball, though didn't even lead the league, thanks to Matt Holliday's 31 for the Cardinals. Who still made the playoffs.

Caught stealing: Gerardo Parra, 10
Gerardo became the seventh D-back in double figures: Tony Womack did so three times (though given he stole between 29 and 72 successfully, he gets a pass!), Willie Bloomquist the last two seasons and Reggie Sanders in 2001. Parra was the only player in baseball this year, to be caught 10+ times, without stealing more than 10.

AB per SO: Martin Prado, 11.5
Safe to say this aspect of Prado's game lived up to expectations, as he put the ball in play. There's hasn't been a higher number posted in Arizona for 10 years, Alex Cintron setting a mark of 13.6 that still stands. And speaking of Mark, Mr. Grace was second, at 13.2 AB per K in 2001.

We'll follow up with the pitching and defensive numbers on another day. Could well be a little shorter, I think!

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