Arenado makes Spring Training a family affair

Rockies slugger keeps Minor League housemates focused on work in Arizona

Arenado makes Spring Training a family affair

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's all baseball, all the time, in the house that Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has rented for Spring Training.

Arenado's housemates are his cousin, Rockies Minor League infielder Josh Fuentes, and his younger brother, Jonah Arenado, a 2013 16th-round Draft pick of the Giants who is in that team's Minor League camp.

"It's family," Arenado said. "We can relate to each other. We can be honest with each other. They're learning from me. I'll be learning from them. At the end of the day, they've got to understand that Spring Training is about getting business done. This isn't a vacation. They're learning and getting better."

To make things totally feel like home, Arenado's parents, Fernando and Millie, made the trip from Lake Forest, Calif. On Saturday, they witnessed Arenado's first homer of the Cactus League season, a three-run shot off the Cubs' Jason Hammel in the first inning at Salt River Fields.

Jonah Arenado, 20, has batted .243 with 29 RBIs in 62 games across two seasons at the Rookie League level. Fuentes, 22, batted .260 in 41 games at Class A Short-Season Tri-City, and played shortstop, third base and first base.

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Nolan Arenado, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, said talking to family members trying to make it in the game helps him deal with the ups and downs.

"I can't be saying, 'Don't get down,' if I'm down, myself," he said. "I'm telling myself that at the same time."

Arenado's wish is to face his brother in a Cactus League game.

"Then he could roll over to third base and I can turn a double play on him," Arenado said. "That would be my ideal play."

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