Nolan Arenado, Third Base, Colorado Rockies, #28
Date of Birth: 4/16/1991
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California
Current Salary: $11,750,000
Nolan Arenado, third baseman for the Colorado Rockies, was drafted in 2009 by the Rockies. He played in the minor leagues from 2009 through 2012, ending with a batting average of .299.
Arenado started with the Rockies in 2013, playing in 133 games. He batted .267 with 130 hits, 29 doubles, 10 home runs, and 52 RBIs. His defensive skills at third base earned him a Gold Glove. In 130 games at third base, Arenado made 309 assists, 91 putouts, 27 double plays, and 11 errors and he had a fielding percentage of .973.
Arenado finished the 2014 season with 124 hits, 34 doubles, 18 home runs, 61 RBIs, 58 strikeouts to 25 walks, and a .287 batting average in 111 games. Although he did not perform as well defensively at third base as he did the previous year, he still won a second Gold Glove. In 111 games, he made 280 assists, 31 double plays, 69 putouts, and 15 errors to finish with a .959 fielding percentage.
Arenado had a strong 2015 season, finishing with 177 hits, 43 doubles, 42 home runs, 130 RBIs, and a .287 batting average in 157 games. He ws tied with Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals for the most home runs in the National League and he led the league in RBIs. He won his first Silver Slugger award in 2015 and his third consecutive Gold Glove. As the Rockies' third baseman, he made 385 assists, 42 double plays, 105 putouts, and 17 errors in 157 games.
Arenado had his best season so far in 2016, with career highs in hits (182), RBIs (133), and batting average (.294). He also had 35 doubles and 41 home runs. He was the NL homerun leader and RBI leader again in 2016 and he won his second consecutive Silver Slugger award.
Defensively, Arenado made MLB history in 2016 when he won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove. He is the first player to win a Gold Glove in each of his first four seasons in the major leagues. As the Rockies third baseman, he made 378 assists, 39 double plays, 99 putouts, and 13 errors in 160 games.
Career batting statistics for Arenado through 2016 include:
- 561 games played
- 613 hits
- 141 doubles
- 111 home runs
- 376 RBIs
- 343 strikeouts to 150 walks
- .285 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Arenado at third base through 2016 include:
- 558 games played
- 1,352 assists
- 139 double plays
- 364 putouts
- 56 errors
- .968 fielding percentage