Goldschmidt finds time to prepare for future

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In an effort to make himself more versatile, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been taking some balls in the outfield during batting practice.

"I try to work on it a little and talk to some people," Goldschmidt said of the outfield. "During BP, I just try to get into either left or right and kind of run down balls. I talked to [center fielder Adam] Eaton about the footwork he has and just little things like that."

The D-backs have no plans of moving Goldschmidt from first base, and the idea to take balls in the outfield was his own.

That is no surprise to those who know him, because Goldschmidt likes to plan ahead. This was the same guy who had an internship in finance set up for Fall 2011 before he got called up to the big leagues that August and was busy with the NL Division Series in October.

Oh, and he's also taking courses at the University of Phoenix to fulfill his degree.

"I know it's probably a few years away," Goldschmidt said of the possibility of having to play outfield in a pinch. "But it would be nice to do a little bit now, and then when it's 2015 and an emergency comes up, I'm ready. I guess something could happen this year, but with the roster we have, I don't know. More so for next year or two years down the road in case they need something, it's not like I'm starting from scratch; I will at least have done something."

Goldschmidt takes pride in his defense at first, and he continues to take all his usual reps there, fitting the outfield work in occasionally during BP.

"The main thing is, I don't want it to take anything away from first base," he said.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.