MLB Awards: 2017 National League MVP Ballot

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5. Paul Goldschmidt: Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Goldschmidt is an anomaly amongst first basemen, as he is more than capable of stealing a base. However, he has emerged as one of the top MLB players for more than just his speed.

A two time runner up for the NL MVP award already in his career, he has emerged as the biggest star for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has made five consecutive All Star Games, won two Gold Glove awards, and two Silver Sluggers. Goldschmidt has also become a perennial 30-30 candidate, the rare first baseman with enough speed to find himself on the leader board in stolen bases.

While he did not run as much this season, Goldschmidt still had a great year. A key part of the Diamondbacks turnaround and run to the postseason, he produced a .297/.404/.563 batting line. Goldschmidt tied a career high with 36 homers, and added another 34 doubles and 18 stolen bases. His work around the bag may well earn him a third Gold Glove award, as he led NL first basemen with 15 runs saved.

Having just turned 30 years old this season, Goldschmidt potentially has a few more years of elite production ahead of him. Should the Diamondbacks continue to reach the postseason, or if Goldschmidt gets that 30-30 season, he may be able to earn that elusive MVP award.

Paul Goldschmidt has become one of the best players in the game. His continued excellence was a key part of the Arizona Diamondbacks return to the postseason this year.