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Diamondbacks slugging 1B Paul Goldschmidt named June NL Player of the Month



Paul Goldschmidt in action 2017 photo By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for June.

Goldschmidt batted .364 (39-for-107) with 25 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 23 RBI and 17 walks across 27 games played to claim his first career NL Player of the Month Award. This is Arizona’s second Player of the Month Award this season, following Goldschmidt’s teammate A.J. Pollock, who took home NL monthly honors in April. Among qualified NL sluggers in June, Paul finished first in runs scored, hits and batting average; tied for first in home runs and extra-base hits (19); tied for second in RBI; third in on-base percentage (.460) and slugging percentage (.738); and tied for sixth in doubles.

The five-time NL All-Star began his month in dominant fashion. During a torrid 11-game stretch from June 4th-15th, Goldschmidt, who earned NL Player of the Week honors for the period ending June 10th, recorded a slash line of .522/.585/1.087 with 15 runs scored, 24 hits, six doubles, a triple, six home runs and 14 RBI to lead Arizona to an 8-3 record. On June 9th against the Colorado Rockies, the 30-year-old went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a pair of home runs and four RBI. The multi-homer outing was his second in as many days, matching the Club record with back-to-back two-homer contests. In addition, the performance was his fourth consecutive game with at least three hits, establishing a new franchise record. “Goldy” became the fifth player since 1908 to tally at least two extra-base hits and two RBI in four consecutive games, joining Frank Howard (May 12-16, 1968), Hall of Famer Frank Robinson (September 19-22, 1966), Vic Wertz (July 28-August 1, 1950) and Chet Laabs (July 15-17, 1942). Following his outstanding month at the plate, Arizona’s eighth round selection in the 2009 MLB Draft became just the second player in Club history to register at least 25 runs scored, eight doubles and 10 home runs in a single calendar month, joining his former teammate J.D. Martinez, who logged 26 runs scored, 16 homers and eight doubles during his award-winning month in September 2017. Led in large part by their slugging first baseman, Arizona collected 19 wins during the month of June and enter play today leading the NL West with a 47-37 (.560) mark on the season.

Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month included first baseman Jesús Aguilar (.313, 6 2B, 10 HR, 24 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers; All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado (.283, 21 R, 6 2B, 9 HR) of the Rockies; first baseman José Martínez (.314, 14 R, 8 HR, 21 RBI) of the St. Louis Cardinals; and All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford (.326, 14 R, 14 XBH, 14 RBI) of the San Francisco Giants.

The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Paul Goldschmidt will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for the accomplishment.

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