D-backs call up slugging prospect Goldschmidt

D-backs call up slugging prospect Goldschmidt

SAN FRANCISCO -- Welcome to the big leagues, Paul Goldschmidt.

Now go face two of the best pitchers in the National League.

Goldschmidt, who has established himself as one of the organization's top prospects the past two seasons, had his contracted selected from Double-A Mobile on Monday and found himself at first base and in the starting lineup against Giants right-hander Matt Cain. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will start Tuesday for the Giants.

Goldschmidt singled off Cain in his first at-bat, part of a 1-for-4 debut in the D-backs' 5-2 victory that trimmed the Giants' NL West lead to one game.

"It was good, obviously, to go out there and get a win in a tight division race," said Goldschmidt. "As for me personally, it was a good first game and it was fun."

The 23-year-old was hitting .306 with 21 doubles, 30 homers and 94 RBIs in 103 games for Mobile at the time of the promotion. The homer and RBI totals led all of Minor League Baseball, and he participated in this year's XM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 at Chase Field.

An eighth-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Goldschmidt hit 35 homers and drove in 108 runs for Class A Visalia last year and was the organization's Player of the Year. He also played well during his time in big league camp this spring.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was asked if the organization thought about giving Goldschmidt a little easier setting to make his debut.

"I begged in against Goose Gossage," Gibson said, referring to his own debut with the Tigers in 1979. "I struck out in my first at-bat, but I knew what I had to do to get the best. To be honest, I'm envious. It's going to be the start of his career; he's going up against the best in a great environment somewhat hostile to opponents. It's good stuff. It's good-time fun. This is why he's been working hard in the Minor Leagues."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter.Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.