Nolan Arenado was a popular pick as a breakout third baseman last year and didn't disappoint, ranking behind only AL MVP candidate Josh Donaldson in every relevant format. Of course, the exact contributions weren't what everyone expected -- his batting average remained stagnant, giving him an even more disproportionate BABIP -- but it's not like more home runs are a bad thing. Even without the 12 he hit in September, he would still be regarded as one of the elite third basemen today, so it's not a case of a late hot streak skewing the numbers. He's just now coming into his own at 24, makes a ton of contact for a power hitter and plays half his games in a hitter's haven. Even so, his performance alone puts him in the first-round discussion.
Arenado and the Rockies agreed to terms on a one-year, $5 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Arenado is coming off of a breakout season in which he hit .287 and led the National League in both home runs (42) and RBI (130) while playing in 157 games. The 24-year-old will receive a substantial raise in his first season of arbitration eligibility, but he won't hit free agency until after the 2020 campaign.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Giants on Friday. The ridiculous season continues for Arenado, as that marks his 42nd home run and 42nd double of the season. An even more ridiculous number is that he has 130 RBI this year. Arenado should be garnering MVP votes, but the Rockies are just too bad to get any support from the voters. He should easily be a top-25 pick going into next season.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 2 for 3 with a home run and a walk, while scoring two runs and driving in five in a victory over the Dodgers on Sunday. He's now hit home runs in consecutive days against the Dodgers, continuing his torrid September. Through 26 games, the 24-year-old has a .330/.351/.698 slash line, while totaling 11 home runs and 31 RBI. His success this season hasn't really been a productive of Coors Field either. His numbers in visiting ballparks (.250/.285/.525, 21 HR and 52 RBI) are not far off from his home numbers (.313/.350/.610, 20 HR and 74 RBI).
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado swatted a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning of Saturday's win over the Dodgers, giving him 40 homers for the season. Arenado became the first Rockies player to finish with at least 40 homers in a season since Coors Field began placing baseballs in a humidor in 2002. It's been a tremendous year for Arenado, who looks like the leading candidate to take home both Silver Slugger and Gold Glove honors at third base for the National League.
Contrary to a previous report, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (head) is hitting third in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates, The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders reports. Saunders originally reported that Arenado was out of the lineup, but he was reading off the prior day's lineup card, so Arenado was not a late add, it was just an error by the reporter. Thankfully his head injury appears to have been really minor and he should continue to man the hot corner for the Rockies over the rest of the season.
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