"I worked in the offseason, tried to stay on my back leg more and recognize pitches -- that's the way you're supposed to hit," he said. "Last year, I hit that way for a bit, but I also created a bad habit that got me out in front. I'm trying to get away from that. Right now it feels good.
"'Last year, I knew I was in front. That's what got me in trouble. But it was hard to break the habit. Knowing now that I need to finish on my back leg, it's easier to feel if I popped the ball up, 'Oh, I dipped.' As long as I'm turning my hips and staying back, I believe I'll be able to figure out things a little bit quicker."
Teammate Troy Tulowitzki has high hopes for Arenado.
"I think he's going to be a big RBI guy, and he was in the minor leagues," Tulowitzki said. "If you look at his strikeout totals, they're not high. Anytime you have a young kid who's not striking out -- or anyone, they don't have to be a young kid -- they're going to be a high RBI guy."
Arenado also drew a walk in the standout performance, and he's now 10 for 22 this spring with four extra-base hits, all coming in his last two games. He owns a .455/.500/.773 line through nine games played.
Arenado is trying to develop into a more complete hitter, and realizes there are things he has to do in order to reach that level. "I'm working on staying back, driving through the baseball," Arenado explained. He said he got caught out on his front foot too much last season, which prevented him from getting on base more often. Arenado hit .267/.301/.405 in 486 at-bats last year.
The 22-year-old Arenado hit .267 this season for the Rockies with 10 homers, 52 RBI and 49 run scored. He had a fantastic season in the field, leading to the Gold Glove.
The finalists for the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove awards were announced on Friday, with three players at each position. The awards honor the league's best defenders, and winners will be announced Oct. 29.
The National League nominees are:
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