When people ask me about the state of the Colorado Rockies, there is only one thing I feel truly confident saying.
Nolan Arenado isn’t going anywhere.
If ever the Rockies embrace the rebuilding strategy that they so desperately require, I only feel 100 percent confident that Arenado, Corey Dickerson, and perhaps top pitching prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler are here to stay. Even those situations, as we know by now, are subject to change.
In a season that is depressing in terms of results and depressing in terms of trade rumors, Arenado’s return from injury has been wonderful and necessary. With each energetic, amazing play on the defensive side of things, the young third baseman is able to provide a jolt of hope and allow us to enjoy some of the beautiful plays that make baseball great as executed by a member of the Rockies.
Arenado logged another such play on Monday night with this great diving stop and accurate throw the first base from one knee.
The instincts on that play are especially impressive considering the fact that Arenado was playing even with the base.
While we are talking about Arenado’s recent highlights, we have to revisit this past weekend and the double play he converted with Andrew McCutchen on third base.
Let’s throw out that “instincts” word again, because that’s what it takes for a comparatively heavy-footed guy like Arenado to beat the speedy McCutchen back to the base.
Through 68 games this season, Arenado has been good for 12 defensive runs saved (DRS). That puts him slightly behind his 30 DRS pace of last season but still well on his way to a second consecutive Gold Glove award. His ability to stick in people’s minds thanks to web gems and his improved offense should only help solidify his hold on the award, pending good health.
So hey, at least we have Nolan Arenado.