Colorado Rockies: Is Nolan Arenado the best player in all of baseball?
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Arenado’s numbers are much better than Trout’s if you look at the overall numbers since Trout was out for 40 games with a thumb injury. Arenado has played in 97 games and he is fifth in runs (67), third in hits (122), second in doubles (32), tied for fifth in triple (5), tied for 11th in home runs (22), first in RBIs (86), ninth in batting average (.314), tied for 26th in on-base percentage (.361), and 4th in slugging percentage (.590).
Arenado is on pace for 204 hits, 54 doubles, nine triples, 37 HRs, and 144 RBIs.
Defensively, Arenado already has 17 Defensive Runs Saved, a 1.9 Defensive WAR, a 4.6 overall WAR, and he leads qualifying third basemen in the NL in range factor at 2.73.
Trout was on pace for, by far, the best season he’s ever had in the season’s first two months. If he kept his play up, he would end with 190 hits, 49 doubles, 56 home runs (that’s not a typo), 125 RBIs, 125 walks, a .337 average, a .461 on-base percentage, and a .742 slugging percentage. However, with missing six weeks of games, he obviously won’t keep pace with that or Arenado.
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If you just strictly look at their numbers, you can easily make a case for Nolan Arenado to be the best player in baseball especially if you consider his defense. However, if you consider that Arenado plays half of his games at Coors Field and his road splits are nowhere close to being as good as they are at home, you come up with a predicament. Depending on which way you look at things depends on what conclusion you come to. However, even though he may or may not be the best position player in all of baseball, you can’t argue that Arenado is one of, if not, the best position player in the National League.