Derrick Goold: Goldschmidt, Carpenter took similar paths from overlooked prospects to MLB stardom

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Derrick Goold: Goldschmidt, Carpenter took similar paths from overlooked prospects to MLB stardom
Derrick Goold: Goldschmidt, Carpenter took similar paths from overlooked prospects to MLB stardom

In January 2009, before a preseason scrimmage, Goldschmidt and a teammate made the 4-minute drive from the Bobcats' ballpark to a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in San Marcos, Texas, to meet scout Trip Couch and Tom Allison, Arizona's scouting director. In reports Couch had filed about Texas State's first baseman he had dutifully graded Goldschmidt's tools on a 20-to-80 scale, 80 being elite. Next to makeup he had written, "80." A conversation would prove it. Allison and Goldschmidt bonded over experiences in Alaska and "talked about the Moose Dropping Festival and all kinds of (stuff)," one attendant said. On the car ride away from lunch, Allison stopped Couch. That was the start of what led to

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