5. Nolan Arenado
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 16, 1991 in Newport Beach, CA USA
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 28, 2013
  • Final Game: October 02, 2016
  • Gold Glove - 2013
  • Gold Glove - 2014
2152 320 613 111 376 80.285
After four years (as of this writing) is it too soon for us to rank Nolan Aranedo this high?  Based on his production and the youth of this franchise we don’t think it is at all!

In the last two seasons, Aranedo won the National League Home Run and RBI titles.  Not only has been named a Gold Glove winner the last four years, he has also won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year the last two.  As he is entering the prime of his career, a long career in Colorado could put him to the top one day.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round of the Amateur Draft 6/9/09.
  • Games Played: 561
  • Notable Statistics: 320 Runs Scored
    613 Hits
    141 Doubles
    16 Triples
    111 Home Runs
    376 RBI
    8 Stolen Bases
    .285/.331/.520 Slash Line
    20.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All Star Game (2015 & 2016)
    Silver Slugger (2015 & 2016)
    Gold Glove (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
    NL Wilson Defensive Player of the Year (2015 & 2016)
    Most Total Bases (2015 & 2016)
    Most Home Runs (2015 & 2016)
    Most Runs Batted In (2015 & 2016)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (2015)
    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (2015)
    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (2015 & 2016)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Third Baseman (2015 & 2016)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2017-09-14 21:12
No, it's not too early to rank Nolan Arenado this highly, and, yes, he has the best chance of knocking Todd Helton out of Number One slot.

As with any and every Colorado hitter, the Coors Effect is always a factor, and Arenado's home-road splits are in line with just about every hitter who ever donned a Rockies uniform.

But the thin, dry air doesn't have such an effect on his defense--and that is where he really stands apart from many of the other position players on this list. Already in nearly five seasons, he is ahead of league averages in both range factors (per-game and per-nine innnings) and fielding percentage; this 2016 season, with about 20 games left, he has committed only 8 errors at third base in 384 total chances for a .979 percentage. I can't believe he's already at 103 defensive runs saved for his career, but I guess the highlight reels aren't overselling him.

Arenado's already at 26.6 bWAR, with a 12.2 WAR for his defensive play. In his first five seasons, Mike Trout compiled a 37.9 bWAR. Of course, Trout is otherworldly , a once-in-a-ge neration guy. Bryce Harper, usually named as the next-best player in MLB, compiled a 21.4 bWAR in his first five seasons, while Manny Machado, Arenado's closest competitor at third base, racked up a 24.4 bWAR, with a 10.1 WAR for his defense.

So, Arenado is already in the discussion as one of the best players in MLB. (Kris Bryant, another hot-corner phenom, is just finishing his third season, so it may be a bit premature to start including him--let's see if he has a Harper hiccup first.) And even if you claim inflated offensive numbers from playing in Denver, his glove and arm seem to work just as well at sea level.

Is it too early to start discussing his Hall of Fame chances? Of course it is because that is such a long way away, and anything can happen (see: Nomar Garciaparra) , but if he stays healthy and productive, we're looking at a Mike Schmidt- or a Chipper Jones-calibe r third baseman.

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