Nolan Arenado faces a third-and-long shot to stick with the Rockies in spring training. The young third baseman isn't worried about it, learning from last year when he tried to carve out a roster spot with every at-bat he received.
More relaxed and confident in a big-league clubhouse, the top prospect delivered a run-scoring double Friday in his team's 2-0 victory in an intrasquad scrimmage. He also made a nice relay throw from third to second to cut down Kyle Parker as the trail runner in a double-steal attempt.
"It's about controlling the controllables," Arenado said.
First-year Rockies manager Walt Weiss told Arenado during a face-to-face meeting to take a deep breath. Weiss sees the talent — even in a disappointing year at Double-A Tulsa, Arenado hit .285 with 49 extra-base hits — and wants it to play out.
"He's very good defensively. And the at-bat he had today, where he hit the double (to right field), that's him," Weiss said. "I don't want him to get caught up with where he stands in camp. Just go out and play. That will slow everything down and let his ability shine."
Nolan Arenado has star role in Rockies' low-scoring scrimmage
Denver Post | Feb 23