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The Arizona Diamondbacks were expected to be one of the worst teams in the NL West but thanks to some great performances by their young stars, Arizona is 26-19 and sitting atop the division. Paul Goldschmidt is leading the offensive attack while Patrick Corbin has kept runs off the board with tremendous pitching. These two young phenoms are at such young ages. Despite being so inexperienced, Corbin and Goldschmidt exude confidence and poise while out on the diamond. Teams must worry about Goldschmidt’s ability to spray the ball around the park. However, on the offensive end, the opposition is struggling to hit the ball against Corbin.
Let’s dive into Goldschmidt’s season statistics. The 25-year-old first baseman is hitting .329 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs. He also does a good job of getting on base by owning an OBP of .408. In just his second year in the MLB, Goldschmidt is already making a name for himself. Scouting reports most likely have outfielders deep by the warning track because this guy can tear the cover off of the ball!
Patrick Corbin is downright nasty this year! Sometimes analysts and fans throw around the word “unhittable” too much but when Corbin is the target of discussion, you must mention how hitters really have not been able to touch him in 2013. Corbin is 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 51 strikeouts. This kid has all of the intangibles that you need as a major league pitcher. His pitches seem impalpable as they approach hitters at the plate. Corbin also has an astounding WHIP of 0.98. Heck, when watching Corbin on television, it is hard to see where the ball is going to end up because of the deceptiveness of his pitches. Don’t forget that Corbin is a 23-year-old rookie. He didn’t even play in college! If Corbin keeps up this pace, he could possibly win the Cy Young Award.
Patrick Corbin and Paul Goldschmidt have started a resurgence for the Arizona Diamondbacks. This franchise is definitely happy to have such young talent. A great opportunity stands for the Diamondbacks to build upon their early success during the season. Youth is a wonderful thing to have for this exciting ball club. As long as Goldschmidt continues to drive in runs and Corbin keeps baffling hitters, Arizona can have an outstanding year.