Arenado with the Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies – No. 28
April 16, 1991 |
Newport Beach, California
|April 28, 2013 for the Colorado Rockies|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||113|
Career highlights and awards
Nolan James Arenado (born April 16, 1991) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his Major League debut, on April 28, 2013 at the age of 22. His nickname is the Sharknado, due to his ability to make whirling throws while charging down the third base line. 
Arenado attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California, where he played on the school's baseball team as a shortstop with Austin Romine. In 2008, his junior year, El Toro won the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section championship. He was named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Star team after leading his division with a .456 batting average, 32 runs batted in (RBIs), and 33 runs scored.
As a senior in 2009, Arenado had a .517 batting average, a .615 on-base percentage, five home runs, 14 doubles, and a triple, and was again named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Star team. He committed to attend Arizona State University on a baseball scholarship to play for the Arizona State Sun Devils.
The Colorado Rockies selected Arenado in the second round, with the 59th overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. Rather than attend Arizona State, Arenado signed with the Rockies, and he made his professional debut with the Casper Ghosts of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he batted .300. In 2010, Arenado played for the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League, where he had a .308 batting average and 41 doubles.
Prior to the 2011 season, Baseball America considered Arenado the Rockies third best prospect and the 80th best overall. Playing for the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League, Arenado along with Wilin Rosario represented the Rockies at the 2011 All-Star Futures Game, following a strong first half, where he had a .283 batting average with six home runs and 42 RBIs. He finished the season with a .298 batting average and 20 home runs, leading the minor leagues with 122 RBIs. Later in the year, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Arizona Fall League after hitting .388 with six home runs and 33 RBIs. Playing for the Tulsa Drillers of the Class AA Texas League in 2012, he was again named to appear in the All-Star Futures Game. He finished the year with a .285 batting average.
Arenado had a strong showing in spring training in 2013, but was optioned to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League to start the season. After starting the season with a .364 batting average, a 1.059 on-base plus slugging percentage, three home runs, and 21 RBIs with Colorado Springs, the Rockies promoted Arenado when Chris Nelson was designated for assignment on April 28. He went 0-for-3 in his debut. In his second game, he recorded his first three major league hits, including his first home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Later, on May 4, in his sixth game, he hit a grand slam off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, his second MLB home run. On October 29, 2013, Arenado became the first rookie to win a Gold Glove at third base since 1957.
On May 8, 2014, Arenado broke the Rockies franchise hit streak record, set by teammate Michael Cuddyer in 2013, by hitting safely in 28 consecutive games. On May 23, he suffered a mallet fracture of his left middle finger on a headfirst slide into second base in a game against the Atlanta Braves, and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Arenado won the NL Gold Glove award for 3B for the second year in a row.
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