Could there be a clean sweep for Luis Gonzalez in both the Arizona Diamondbacks’ all-time and single-season home run leaderboards? The short answer to that question is yes. However, you can still check out who else joined him as Diamondbacks all time home run leaders. We’ll first detail the top five and then list out the remainder of the top 21.
Diamondbacks All Time Home Run Leaders: The Top 5
Luis Gonzalez: 224 Home Runs
For anyone who wants to discuss Luis Gonzalez’s time with the Diamondbacks, the general talking points typically start and end with 2001. There’s good reason for that, too. He hit more home runs than he ever did at any other time in his career, and he also secured a World Series-clinching hit. Although about a quarter of his career homers for the DBacks came in one year, he was productive throughout his other seven years in the desert.
The 8.9 fWAR Gonzalez posted in 2001 was his single-season career-high. However, he also posted at least 3.0 fWAR in each of the first five seasons in Arizona. And of the seven seasons he hit at least 20 homers during his big-league years, six of those occasions came as a Diamondback. He enjoyed five straight seasons of 100-plus RBI from 1999 through 2003, with the first three years of that streak also being accompanied by at least 100 runs scored.
All five of Gonzo’s All-Star appearances came during his tenure with this organization. His last appearance in the midsummer classic came in 2005, which was his age-37 campaign. He finished the year slashing .271/.366/.459 with 24 home runs and 79 RBI. And since number two on this list left town, he’ll continue to be one of MLB’s team-specific all time home run leaders for the foreseeable future.
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Paul Goldschmidt: 209 Home Runs
Paul Goldschmidt was a picture of consistency during his time in Arizona. He produced 2.8 fWAR in 2012, which was his first full season with the club. From that point on, his yearly fWAR never fell below 4.0 and his yearly wRC+ never fell below 130. He did produce four different 5.0-plus fWAR performances, along with three years of a wRC+ above 150.
The 2013 campaign was his breakout, as he led baseball in home runs (36), RBI (125), slugging percentage (.551). OPS (.952), and total bases (332). He also won a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger, appeared in the All-Star Game, and finished second in NL MVP voting. Goldschmidt would end up with four seasons of 30-plus homers before heading to St. Louis.
Steve Finley: 153 Home Runs
I remember Steve Finley being a good ballplayer, but I didn’t realize how much power he had, and most of it came during the second half of his 19-year MLB career. Through his first seven years in the big leagues, he reached double-digit homers twice and never hit more than 11 in a season. From 1996 to 2007, Finley produced 10 seasons of double-digit homers, and never finished with fewer than 12.
He spent five and a half years with the DBacks and produced five campaigns of 20-plus homers (yes, he got to 20 before getting traded in 2004), but his first two seasons in 1999 and 2000 were some of the most powerful of his career. He slugged 34 dingers with 103 RBI (both new career highs at the time), and bested his homer output the following year with 35 taters.
Chris Young: 132 Home Runs
Chris Young‘s tenure in Arizona was an interesting one at the plate. He never hit fewer than 14 homers in a year when playing a full season, and he enjoyed four different campaigns of 20-plus taters. Young also enjoyed back-to-back 4.0-plus fWAR performances in 2010 and 2011.
However, he never produced a batting average higher than .257 in a single year, and he posted an above-average wRC+ (i.e. higher than 100) just twice. And even when he did, that number never got above 109. Young was consistent in hitting doubles while with the DBacks, collecting at least 24 in each full season he played, along with three seasons of at least 30 two-baggers.
Mark Reynolds: 121 Home Runs
Mark Reynolds‘ DBacks career was full of two things: dingers and strikeouts. He played four years in the desert, from his debut in 2007 until 2010. During that time, the right-handed hitter never produced a strikeout rate below 30.0% and racked up at least 200 whiffs in three straight years (2008-10).
He did also enjoy three straight years of 25-plus homers, with 2009 being his obvious peak. Reynolds produced a 127 wRC+ and 3.3 fWAR in 662 plate appearances, slashing .260/.349/.543 with 44 homers, 102 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 24 steals. Having such a high strikeout rate is OK when it’s accompanied by those numbers. It’s just something Reynolds couldn’t duplicate — in Arizona or elsewhere.
Diamondbacks All Time Home Run Leaders: The Rest
Here’s what the rest of the DBacks’ top 21 looks like (for now, at least):
- Justin Upton: 108 home runs
- Matt Williams: 99
- David Peralta: 98
- Miguel Montero: 97
- Jay Bell: 91
- Jake Lamb: 81
- Chad Tracy: 78
- Ketel Marte: 77 (…and counting)
- AJ Pollock: 74
- Stephen Drew: 72
- Eduardo Escobar: 69
- Nick Ahmed: 65
- Chris Snyder: 62
- Eric Byrnes: 61
- Aaron Hill: 55
If you’re looking for hitters who currently reside outside the top-21, you can check the rest of them out here, courtesy of FanGraphs.