Recently, a question posed on Twitter made us think of this question: Who would Colorado Rockies fans prefer to have over the next six years: Nolan Arenado or Trevor Story?
Our colleagues over at Redbird Rants, FanSided’s site for the St. Louis Cardinals, posed a question on Twitter recently: Who would you rather have over the next six seasons? Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor or Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado?
They came to the conclusion that they’d rather have Lindor over Arenado since he is three years younger than Arenado. Based on that, we thought of this question: Who would you rather have for the next six seasons (if you could only have one of them): Nolan Arenado or Trevor Story?
Arenado has a longer track record as he has spent part of seven seasons in the Major Leagues. In those seven seasons, he has won seven Gold Glove Awards, made five All-Star appearances, won four Silver Slugger Awards, and finished between 3rd and 8th in NL MVP voting in each of the last five seasons.
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According to FanGraphs, he also has 105 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) in his career. The 29-year-old third baseman has a career slash line of .295/.351/.546 with an OPS+ of 122.
Story, on the other hand, has had less time in the major leagues but in his four seasons in the major leagues, he has been an All-Star twice, won two Silver Slugger Awards, come in 8th and 12th place in NL MVP voting. He has a career slash line of .276/.341/.537 and an OPS+ of 113. He has 40 career DRS, according to FanGraphs.
If you compare their last two seasons, here’s what each of them averaged.
- Arenado: 156 games, 103 runs, 180 hits, 35 doubles, 40 home runs, 114 RBI, 3 stolen bases, .306/.376/.572, 131 OPS+, 25 DRS, 12.6 bWAR, 11.6 fWAR
- Story: 151 games, 100 runs, 174 hits, 40 doubles, 36 home runs, 97 RBI, 25 stolen bases, .293/.355/.561, 122 OPS+, 15 DRS, 11.7 bWAR, 10.9 fWAR
Arenado has the lead in almost all of the offensive and defensive categories but Story is a better baserunner/base stealer. He also has an age advantage on Arenado as well as he is 19 months younger than Arenado.
So which one would you go with for the next six seasons if you could only have one of them? Let us know on Twitter as we will publish a poll on Twitter on Saturday and you can see if others think the same as you do or not.