The top 5 seasons from D-backs hitters

November 30th, 2020

PHOENIX -- There have been a lot of very good offensive seasons put together by D-backs hitters since the franchise’s beginning in 1998.

Which were the best? Here’s a look at the five top individual offensive seasons in franchise history:

1. Luis Gonzalez, 2001
It’s amazing that left fielder ’s 2001 season is best remembered for a bloop single to left in Game 7 of the World Series that led the D-backs to a walk-off win, because everything else having to do with his year revolved around power.

In his age-33 season, Gonzalez slugged 57 homers and drove home 142 runs while posting a slash line of .325/.429/.688 and an OPS+ of 174, with 36 doubles and seven triples. His performance earned him a starting role in the All-Star Game, where he won the annual Home Run Derby.

Despite the gaudy numbers, Gonzalez finished third in the National League MVP race behind Barry Bonds, who hit 73 homers, and Sammy Sosa, who had 64.

2. Paul Goldschmidt, 2015
put up some monster years during his time in Arizona, none better than 2015, when slashed .321/.435/.570 with a career-best OPS+ of 168. He had 38 doubles, 33 homers and 110 RBIs despite being intentionally walked 29 times, the most in the Majors.

For his efforts, Goldschmidt was the NL starting first baseman in the All-Star Game for the second straight year. He did not, however, win the NL MVP, which went to Bryce Harper, who won unanimously while Goldschmidt finished second.

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 2013
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was never one to lobby for players to win individual awards, but he made an exception in 2013 when it came to Goldschmidt, pushing the first baseman hard for NL MVP.

Goldschmidt led the NL that year in OPS (.952), slugging percentage (.551), extra-base hits (75), RBIs (125), runs created (134) and total bases (332), while tying for the lead in homers (36).

It was not enough, though, as Goldschmidt finished second to the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen in the voting.

4. Ketel Marte, 2019
While ’s 2018 season showed he had the potential to be a very good player, his '19 campaign made the case that he could become one of the game’s elite players.

Despite having to split time between second base and center field, Marte maintained his consistency at the plate, slashing .329/.389/.592. He hit .356 in August and .390 in the first two weeks of September as he started to generate some buzz for the NL MVP Award. However, a stress reaction in his back ended his season on Sept. 17.

Marte fell .0006 shy of becoming the first D-backs player to win a batting crown, losing out to Christian Yelich. Marte hit .3286, while Yelich had a .3292 mark. Marte likely would have won the award easily had he not opened the year by hitting just .250 through April.

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5. AJ Pollock, 2015
Center fielder did it all for the D-backs in 2015, collecting 39 doubles, six triples, 20 homers and 76 RBIs while also stealing 39 bases. The key for Pollock was staying healthy, as the 157 games he played are still the most in a single season in his career.

Pollock had a slash line of .315/.367/.498. He was excellent on the bases, as well, compiling a Majors-best 1.1 Baserunning WAR (per STATS LLC). He ranked sixth among all Major League players in bWAR, at 7.4.