Colorado Rockies 2014 Spring Training Profile: Nolan Arenado

By Tylor Walden
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One of the many bright spots for the Colorado Rockies during their 74-88 season was the play of their 2009 second-round draft choice Nolan Arenado.

Arenado was the 59th overall selection in the 2009 MLB draft. He had the chance to play for Arizona State but opted to start his career for the Rockies’ farm system. During his first two years in that farm system, Arenado was batting near .300, which is a great start for a player coming straight out of high school. Because of his performance, he was named the Rockies’ third-best prospect in 2011.

However, it would take him a little bit longer to reach the big leagues. But that did not stop Arenado, as he was named to the Futures Game in two straight years from 2011-12. He continued to impress the scouts and the Rockies organization as he led the minors in RBI with 122, and he was named MVP of the AFL.

During last year’s Spring Training, he impressed the Rockies with the skill that he had developed over the three years in the system but was placed in triple-A to start the season. Getting that close to the big time did not stop him however, as he tore it up in the minors to start the season with .364 batting average as well as three homers and 21 RBIs. His performance finally paid off as he was promoted to the big leagues when the team designated Chris Nelson for assignment.

When Arenado finally got his shot, he did not disappoint. The third baseman recorded his first home run in just his second game against their NL West rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. And in his sixth game, he hit his second home run, which was a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays. His play on offense and especially on defense rewarded him with the NL Gold Glove Award as he became the first rookie to win it since 1957.

With that impressive of a resume for the second-year third baseman, watch for Arenado to have another solid year as he looks to impress even more. Hopefully, he will bring the Rockies back to the playoffs.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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