Aug 28, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) gestures on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Pirates won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Most Valuable Player: Nolan Arenado
The Most Valuable Player Award goes to the best player on any given team. Nolan Arenado absolutely lived up to that name, being a catalyst on offense while fielding with the best of them on the defensive side.
Ever since Arenado made the Major Leagues (2013), all he has done is make highlight reels night-in and night-out. Nolan is on the verge of winning his third-straight Gold Glove (as he should) and most recently, he came away with a Fielding Bible Award. Here is what the Fielding Bible Awards said about Colorado’s young superstar.
"His teammates gave him the nickname “Sharknado” because of his aggressive approach charging groundballs and his ability to make whirling throws to gobble up hitters at first base. Nolan Arenado has been consistently superb defensively since arriving on the scene for the Rockies in 2013, saving 30, 16 and 18 runs in the three years he’s been in the majors. He garnered 116 points in the voting. Previous Fielding Bible Award winners, Adrian Beltre and Manny Machado, finishing second and third with 102 and 101 points respectively."
This guy is going to need a bigger case for all of his trophies as they will continue to pile up.
Hitting 42 home runs is a huge accomplishment, especially when you’re facing top-tier pitching on what seems to be a daily basis. With Troy Tulowitzki now out of the picture as Colorado’s face of the franchise, Nolan has now supplanted himself into that role.
Overall, Arenado can do it all now which makes him a dual-threat player and a legitimate superstar in today’s game.