Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado

Arenado with the Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies – No. 28
Third baseman
Born: (1991-04-16) April 16, 1991
Newport Beach, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 2013, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .285
Home runs 111
Runs batted in 376
Career highlights and awards

Nolan James Arenado (/ɛərəˈnɑːd/; 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. An exceptionally skilled defender, he has achieved the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in each of his first four MLB seasons and is also a winner of the Fielding Bible and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards for his position. In 2015, Arenado earned his first All-Star selection and Silver Slugger Award while leading the National League in home runs and runs batted in. He also led the National League in home runs and runs batted in in 2016.

Amateur career

Arenado attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California, where he played shortstop on the school's baseball team[1] with fellow future major leaguer Austin Romine.[2] In 2008, his junior year, El Toro won the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section championship.[3] He was named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Star team after leading his division with a .456 batting average, 32 runs batted in (RBI), and 33 runs scored.[4]

As a senior in 2009, Arenado had a .517 batting average, a .615 on-base percentage (OBP), five home runs (HR), 14 doubles, and a triple,[5] and was again named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Star team.[6] He committed to attend Arizona State University on a baseball scholarship.[1]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues (2009–12)

The Colorado Rockies selected Arenado in the second round with the 59th overall selection of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[7] Rather than attend Arizona State, he signed with the Rockies, and made his professional debut with the Casper Ghosts of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he batted .300.[5] In 2010, Arenado played for the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League, where he posted a .308 batting average and 41 doubles.[5]

Prior to the 2011 season, Baseball America named Arenado the Rockies' third-best prospect and the 80th-best overall.[8][9] 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 RBI.[10] He finished the season with a .298 batting average and 20 home runs, leading the minor leagues with 122 RBI.[11] Later in the year, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) after hitting .388 with six home runs and 33 RBI.[12][13] In 163 games combined in the California League and AFL in 2011, Arenado hit .315 with 201 hits, 155 RBI, 26 home runs and 44 doubles.[14] 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.[11] He finished the year with a .285 batting average, 12 home runs and 56 RBI.[5]

Colorado Rockies (2013–present)


Despite a strong spring training showing in 2013, the Rockies optioned Arenado to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) to start the season.[15] After starting with a .364 batting average, a 1.059 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS), three home runs, and 21 RBI with Colorado Springs, Colorado designated Chris Nelson for assignment and promoted Arenado in his place on April 28.[16] He went 0-for-3 in his debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In his second game, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he recorded his first three major league hits, including his first home run in a 12–2 win.[17] In his sixth game, he hit first major league grand slam and second career home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. On October 29, 2013, Arenado became the first rookie to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award at third base since 1957.[18] In his first big league season, Arenado slashed .267/.301/.405 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI.

The first mult-home run game of Arenado's career occurred on April 5, 2014, against Brandon McCarthy of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 9–4 Rockies win.[19] On May 8, Arenado broke the Rockies franchise hit streak record, which Michael Cuddyer set the previous season, by hitting safely in 28 consecutive games.[20] 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 (DL).[21] Arenado missed 37 games due to the fracture, returning on June 28. He earned his first career National League (NL) Player of the Week Award for the week ending August 24. He batted .545 with a 1.645 OPS and 12 hits, three doubles, one triple, two home runs, three RBI, and six runs scored.[22] Due to a chest contusion and early onset pneumonia, Arenado missed additional time at the end of the season. On the year, he batted .287/.328/.500, hitting 18 HR and driving in 61 runs. He won his second Gold Glove Award despite playing just 111 games.


In 2015, Arenado earned his second NL Player of the Week Award on June 28, hitting a major league-leading three mult-home runs games in six games, seven home runs and 14 RBI. He also scored 10 times, second-highest in the major leagues.[23] He became an MLB All-Star for the first time as a National League reserve at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. At the time his selection was announced, he was fifth in the majors in home runs with 24 and led in RBI with 68. He had hit more home runs in road games than at Coors Field (15 to nine), more RBI (37 to 31) and posted higher on-base (.318 to .309) and slugging (.615 to .580) percentages.[24][25] Playing against the San Francisco Giants on September 5, Arenado homered in his sixth consecutive game, breaking the Rockies' team record of five which Dante Bichette and Larry Walker shared.[26] He won his first NL Player of the Month in September, batting .339 and leading the major leagues with 11 HR, 32 RBI, and 79 total bases. He collected an NL-leading 38 hits and was second in the league with .705 SLG.[27]

For the season, Arenado tied Bryce Harper for the NL home run title with 42,[28] and led the National League with 130 RBI and 354 total bases. In addition, he batted .287 with a .323 OBP, .575 SLG, 43 doubles and 13 intentional walks on his way to winning his first Silver Slugger Award for third basemen.[29] He was the first Rockies player to lead the NL in home runs since Walker hit 49 in 1997 and the first to lead the majors in RBI since Andrés Galarraga with 150 in 1996. Additionally, Arenado set a major league record for extra base hits by a third baseman in one season with 89, surpassing Chipper Jones' total of 87 in 1999.[27] On defense, he won his third consecutive Gold Glove Award,[30][31] and, for the first time, was the major league-wide winner for third baseman of the Fielding Bible[32] and the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards.[33] He became the second Rockies player to win the Fielding Bible at any position, following shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.[32] The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame named Arenado the winner of their Professional Athlete of the Year Award for 2015.[34] Arenado finished eighth in the voting for the National League MVP award, behind Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew McCutchen, Jake Arrieta and Zack Greinke.


Arenado and the Rockies avoided salary arbitration on January 15, 2016, agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract, a raise from $512,000 in 2015.[35] He was named NL co-Player of the Week with Harper for April 18 after leading the NL with four home runs and 12 RBI. He carried an .852 SLG, led the NL with 23 total bases, and tied for second with seven runs scored.[36] Arenado made his second All-Star Game, played at Petco Park in San Diego.[37] He hit his 100th career home on run on August 8, making him the youngest player in franchise history to do so, at just under age 25 years and four months.[38] He became the second player aged 25 and younger within the previous 75 seasons to drive in 125 runs in successive seasons.[39] Overall, in 160 games, Arenado finished the year with a .294 batting average, 182 hits, 35 doubles, 6 triples, an NL-leading 41 home runs, 116 runs scored, an MLB-leading 133 RBI, 82 extra base hits, 352 total bases, 68 walks (double the amount from 2015), 10 intentional walks, a .362 OBP, a .570 SLG and a .932 OPS. Arenado won his fourth Gold Glove at third base, becoming the first third baseman in MLB history to win four Gold Gloves in his first four seasons, as well as his second Silver Slugger.

International career

World Baseball Classic

Nolan Arenado will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[40]

Awards and accomplishments

Awards received
Name of award Times Dates Ref
All-Star Futures Game selection 2 2011, 2012 [10][11]
Arizona Fall League Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award 1 2011 [12]
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Professional Athlete of the Year 1 2015 [34]
Fielding Bible Award at third base 1 2015 [32]
Major League Baseball All-Star selection 2 2015, 2016 [24][37]
Major League Baseball Player of the Month 1 Sep. 2015 [27]
Major League Baseball Player of the Week 3 Aug. 24, 2014; Jun. 28, 2015; Apr. 18, 2016 [22][23][36]
Rawlings Gold Glove Award at third base 3 2013–15 [18][31]
Silver Slugger Award at third base 2 2015, 2016 [29]
Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at third base 1 2015 [33]
Records and distinctions
Statistical achievements

Notes: Through 2015 season. Per

Statistical leader
Category League Times Dates
Extra base hits leader National League 1 2015
Games played National League 1 2016
Home run leader National League 2 2015, 2016
Runs batted in leader[11] Minor League Baseball 1 2011
Runs batted in leader National League 2 2015, 2016
Total bases leader National League 2 2015, 2016

Personal life

Arenado's father is Cuban and his mother is Puerto Rican.[41] Arenado's brother, Jonah, plays baseball in the San Francisco Giants' organization.[42]

Formerly, Arenado's agent was Scott Boras; however, as of November 2015, it was Joel Wolfe of Wasserman Media Group.[43]

When asked who his favorite player is, Arenado named former Rockie Matt Holliday. He noted that he attempted to mimic his swing, "because he stayed through the ball so much."[44]

Longtime Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully autographed the bat with which Arenado hit his 40th home run of 2016, during Scully's last season of broadcasting, and his final series of calling Dodgers' home games.[45]


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