Next up in the MLB Fan Essentials series is Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The young first baseman has some serious potential, and figures to be around for years to come, so let's get to know him better.

Who is this guy?

Goldschmidt attended college at Texas State University, where he holds numerous school records including home runs, doubles, walks and RBI's. He was drafted in 2009 by Arizona and won the Diamondbacks' minor league player of the year award in 2010 and 2011. He was called up to the big leagues in 2011 for 48 games and never relinquished the first baseman role.

Why should I care?

Being just 25 years old, Goldschmidt has a long career ahead of him, and his early numbers say that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Currently in 2013, Goldschmidt is tied for the National League home run lead with 27 dingers, and leads the NL in RBI's with 91. His WAR of 5.2 is 8th in the majors and 2nd among all first basemen.

Stand out statistic?

On August 4th, Elias tweeted out this impressive stat:

You've sold me, now show me something!

On May 17, 2013 Goldschmidt had a 13 pitch at bat against Marlins pitcher Kevin Slowey. On that 13th pitch he hit his second home run of the game.

Previous MLB Fan Essentials Entries

1. Jose Fernandez (8/3/13)

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