Goldschmidt Adds Another MVP to His Accolades

The Southern League announced its 2011 Most Valuable Player, and for the first time ever, it's a Mobile BayBear as first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was revealed as the recipient of the prestigious honor. He can add it to his already heaping pile of accolades.

Paul Goldschmidt clubbed a franchise-record 30 home runs before his promotion to the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 1. He also drove in 94 runs while leading the BayBears with a .306 batting average. His 82 walks, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage are still league standards.

Goldschmidt, 23, is the MVP of a league for the second consecutive season. He was also the Most Valuable Player in the California League last year with the Visalia Rawhide when he ripped 35 homers and knocked home 108 runs.  That performance also made him the Position Player of the Year.

The big Texan has had an incredible season from the very start when he punished two home runs in Carolina on Opening Day. He was named to the U.S. roster for the XM All-Star Futures Game in Arizona on July 10, announced as the 2011 USA Today Minor League Player of the Year earlier this week, plus was named as both a Midseason All-Star and a Postseason All-Star for the Southern League.

After 26 games at the major league level, Goldschmidt trails only Justin Upton among Arizona Diamondbacks in slugging average.

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