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Work With Mental Coach Has Helped Goldschmidt

Jun 23, 2015 6:33 AM

Paul Goldschmidt believes that a majority of his success at the Major League level can be attributed to his mental approach.

"A super high percentage," Goldschmidt says. "I don't know if you're saying 95 percent, 75 percent, but it's up there. Because I know physically I was talented, I was good at a young age, so there's definitely that part of it. But to get the big leagues and have success … how you improve is by the mental side."

Goldschmidt was an eighth-round pick in 2009 and wasn't a highly-regarded prospect.

When Goldschmidt got to the Arizona Diamondbacks in August of 2011, he met Peter Crone, a mind and performance coach. Crone has worked with the club since 2009 and when he and Goldschmidt met, they immediately hit it off.

"He helps you take a lot of stress and worry out of things," Goldschmidt said. "Whether it's a fear of failure or really any type of fear, we all have fears or think too much about the future or the past and let that affect us. He just tries to put you in a state of mind where you're focused, but relaxed. It helps you get the distractions out of your head whether it's a fear of failure or worrying about results."

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Nationals Interested In Arizona's Middle Infielders

Jun 22, 2015 8:25 PM

The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in acquiring a middle infielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report.

The Diamondbacks have a lot of depth in the infield, which could be used as a trade chip.

Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Cliff Pennington are all capable of handling either shortstop or second base. Aaron Hill, though expensive, comes with quite a bit of experience at second base.

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D-Backs Trade Arroyo, Toussaint To Braves For Gosselin

Jun 21, 2015 1:23 PM

The Diamondbacks have traded Bronson Arroyo and last year's first-round draft pick, Touki Toussaint, to the Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.

Arroyo has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July 18. He signed with Arizona as a free agent before last season after eight years with the Reds.

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Diamondbacks Extended Safety Netting Last Season

Jun 16, 2015 6:42 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks extended the netting at Chase Field last season to better protect fans.

The club hasn't discussed the change as other teams await an edict from Major League Baseball to do so. A fan was seriously injured at Fenway Park earlier this month.

At the start of the 2014 season, the Diamondbacks extended their netting, which is 30 feet high, from 73 to 150 feet in length.

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Goldschmidt's Preparation, Discipline Have Him Among Best Ever

Jun 15, 2015 5:43 AM

Paul Goldschmidt has hit .299/.392/.539 in his career. Only five active players have a batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage equal or better than the Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman over their first four seasons -- Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Joey Votto and Mike Trout.

Since 1901, only 18 Major League players with 2,000 or more plate appearances have hit better than .298/.391/.539 over their first five seasons.

Former teammate Mark Trumbo says Goldschmidt's work ethic sets him apart.

"He's the most prepared player in the game," Trumbo said. "His preparation is what separates him from the pack."

Goldschmidt's manager, Chip Hale, believes his eye and discipline have carried him as well.

"As good as he is at hitting different pitches, he makes pitchers throw the ball in the zone," Hale said. "Very few times does he go out of the zone. So he’ll get into good counts because pitchers are trying to throw pitches that are off the plate to get him to swing."

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players

Jun 9, 2015 10:18 AM

The first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft was nearly split between college and high school players.

Nineteen of the 36 selections, which included several compensation picks, were out of college. If you include Brady Aiken, who was pitching for IMG Academy before undergoing Tommy John surgery, there were 17 high school players selected in Monday night's first round.

College players dominated the top 10. Seven landed among first 10 players drafted.

 

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values

Jun 8, 2015 6:03 PM

Here are the slot values that Major League Baseball has assigned to each of the first round picks in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft:

Each team was informed of that values back in April.

1. Diamondbacks — $8,616,900
2. Astros (Brady Aiken) — $7,420,100
3. Rockies — $6,223,300
4. Rangers — $5,026,500
5. Astros — $4,188,700
6. Twins — $3,889,500
7. Red Sox — $3,590,400
8. White Sox — $3,470,600
9. Cubs — $3,351,000
10. Phillies — $3,231,300
11. Reds — $3,141,600
12. Marlins — $3,051,800
13. Rays — $2,962,100
14. Braves — $2,842,400
15. Brewers — $2,692,700
16. Yankees — $2,543,300
17. Indians — $2,393,600
18. Giants — $2,333,800
19. Pirates — $2,273,800
20. Athletics — $2,214,000
21. Royals — $2,184,200
22. Tigers — $2,154,200
23. Cardinals — $2,124,400
24. Dodgers — $2,094,400
25. Orioles — $2,064,500
26. Angels — $2,034,500
27. Rockies (Michael Cuddyer) — $2,004,600
28. Braves (Ervin Santana) — $1,974,700
29. Blue Jays (Melky Cabrera) — $1,944,800
30. Yankees (David Robertson) — $1,914,900
31. Giants (Pablo Sandoval) — $1,885,000
32. Pirates (Russell Martin) — $1,855,000
33. Royals (James Shields) — $1,825,200
34. Tigers (Max Scherzer) — $1,795,100
35. Dodgers (Hanley Ramirez) — $1,756,100
36. Orioles (Nelson Cruz) — $1,711,900

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Archie Bradley OK After Taking Liner To Face
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Kirk Gibson Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease
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Diamondbacks Promote Yasmany Tomas
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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
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D-Backs Send Yasmany Tomas To Triple-A Reno
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