When the Diamondbacks traded Brandon Allen to the A’s in the weekend deal for Brad Ziegler it cleared the path for Paul Goldschmidt to replace him as their first baseman of the present and, Arizona hopes, the future.
And sure enough, the Diamondbacks have called up Goldschmidt from Double-A after the 23-year-old former eighth-round pick hit .306 with 30 homers, 21 doubles, and 82 walks in 103 games.
Goldschmidt has always shown a ton of power, but he’s made significant progress cutting back on strikeouts this season, going from whiffing in 27 percent of his plate appearances at high Single-A last year to 20 percent at Double-A this year.
That’s still a lot of strikeouts in the minors and Goldschmidt may not be able to maintain his lofty batting averages against big-league pitching, but he projects as a big-time power threat after going deep 39 times per 550 at-bats during three seasons as a minor leaguer.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.