The Good: LeMahieu’s defense
Not to be lost in the vast improvement enjoyed by the Colorado Rockies’ pitching staff last season is the impact of improved infield defense. Nolan Arenado was historically good at third base, so he gets most of the attention for that turnaround. LeMahieu’s contributions were more understated but should not be forgotten. He had a lot to do with those improvements once he took over at second base.
The best thing about LeMahieu’s defense is his range. A long and rangy guy, he is not the typical middle infielder. Combined with Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki, a Rockies’ infield with LeMahieu in it is capable of getting to more balls than many units around the league.