Last year was his first full year in the Major Leagues and he was good, real good. Paul Goldschmidt hit 20 homeruns and a .286 average. Meanwhile, his on base percentage was a lofty .359 and RBI total was 82. We knew he was going to be good, his 30 homeruns in 100 double-A games told us that, we just didn't know how good. Minor leaguer often have holes in there game, like certain spots or pitches they have significant trouble with. Major league pitching then exploits these holes and sends them back down in short order to develop some more. Of course, Goldschmidt had had a taste from the year before and hit for a .250/.333/.474 slash, so I was still unconvinced that his average and on base percentage statistics would stay and a respectable level and this young age. Boy, did he show me...
Take a look at this ranked list.
We know Goldschmidt has a .324/.407/.595 slash line right now. We know that is really good, especially when you throw 12 homeruns into the mix and 40 RBI for good measure. However, these numbers don't quite put him amongst the best of the best in the league right now. So, what does? The answer could be many things, such as his great .270 ISO, isolated power calculated by determining percentage of hits that go for extra bases, or his ridiculous .423 wOBA. Weighted on-base average, measures a players production by weighting different hits and contributions accordingly. For example, a player is given more credit for a double then he would for a single. However, both hits would have the same effect on generic average and on-base measurements. Anyway, this list is in fact sorted by wRC+, weighted runs created plus. One could argue that the goal of this statistic is to be the only, all-important offensive statistic. Since sabermetrics are not perfect, this is not the case, but it offers a rough estimation of how many actual runs a player is responsible for over the course of the season. Paul Goldschmidt is holding a wRC+ of 168, good for 6th best in the entire MLB. As a an opposing fan, I'm jealous.