Nolan Arenado Could Be Key To The Rockies Lineup

By Spencer Impellizzeri
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In his first season in the majors, Nolan Arenado had a ton of success. In 133 games, Arenado hit .267 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI, posted an on base percentage of .301 and won a Gold Glove.

With the loss of Dexter Fowler, the Colorado Rockies could put Carlos Gonzalez at the top of the lineup. Gonzalez has been a mainstay in the heart of the order for the Rockies, and if he were at the top of the order, the Rockies would need someone to bridge the gap between the middle of the lineup and Gonzalez. Arenado has emerged as a quality candidate to hit in that two hole. To do so, Arenado would need to consistently get on base, giving the hitters behind him a chance to drive him in.

Arenado started the Rockies’ Spring Training game with the Cincinnati Reds and showed that he has the ability to consistently get on base. He went 3-for-3 with a RBI in the Rockies’ 3-2 loss, recording one-third of the Rockies’ hits.

Those numbers are a good sign for the Rockies. If the Rockies are going to contend this season, it will be because of the players in the field. The pitching staff is talented, but they just haven’t seemed to put it all together. The Rockies have the reigning NL batting champ in Michael Cuddyer, a big time offensive shortstop in Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez at the top of the lineup, but don’t have a clear No. 2 hitter. If Arenado can continue to get on base, he could become that hitter and it would be a huge boost to the Rockies.

Spencer Impellizzeri is a MLB writer covering the Detroit Tigers for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Spence_I or on Google +

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