The Colorado Rockies‘ Nolan Arenado has been worth the wait.
Arenado had a strong spring training but did not win the starting third baseman job at the beginning of the year. The Rockies went with veteran Chris Nelson. Arenado was tearing it up in the minors and Nelson was struggling, so the Rockies had no choice.
They had to call up the hot-shot prospect. And he has been great.
Arenado, who has been in the big leagues for a week, has hit three home runs and driven in eight. His average is at .323. He is showing the power at third base the Rockies have been missing since Garrett Atkins manned the position, and is adding stability to a position that has not been great over the years in Colorado.
The third baseman’s defense has also been stellar. He has made one error during his first seven games but he has easily made the routine play, which was a knock on him in the minors.
Adding Arenado to the already steady Troy Tulowtizki gives the Rockies a young and powerful left side of the infield. Josh Rutledge at second base gives the Rockies three young players there. Todd Helton still mans first base for the time being, even though the Rockies seem better without him at times.
The Rockies’ lineup was already potent without Arenado but with him, it could be the most dangerous in the National League. Colorado has a good chance to bash its way to the postseason.