Nolan James Arenado was signed by Rockies scout Jon Lukens … parents are Millie and Fernando Arenado … he is of Cuban (father) and Puerto Rican (mother) descent … attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. where he played shortstop and catcher … was teammates with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine and both had their numbers retired in a joint ceremony in Feb., 2014 … hit .517 (45-for-87) with 14 doubles, one triple and five home runs for El Toro in 2009 with at least one hit in all but one of his 28 games played … he drew 19 walks compared to five strikeouts and finished the season with a .615 on-base percentage and a .874 slugging percentage … committed to Arizona State University … was rated the 17th best catcher available in the draft by Baseball America, although he was drafted as an infielder … was also rated as the 31st best prospect in the state of California by Baseball America … brother of Jonah Arenado, a third baseman in the Giants organization and cousin of Josh Fuentes, a third baseman in the Rockies organization … they all lived together during 2015 Spring Training in Arizona … serves as a spokesman for the Rockies' "Home Run for Kindness" program, a high school assembly program designed to eradicate violence in schools through the practice of random acts of kindness … some of his favorite musicians include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and Kanye West … enjoys playing golf and would have tried to be a professional golfer if he didn't play baseball ... resides in Lake Forest, Calif.
Was selected to his first career All-Star Game, won his first career Silver Slugger and won his third consecutive Gold Glove in his third Major League season. Finished the season with 42 home runs, tied for most in the National League and tied for third in MLB. Home runs tied for ffth-most for a single season in franchise history … one of eight players in Rockies history to hit 40 home runs (12th time overall) … frst to record at least 40 home runs since Todd Helton in 2001 (49). Led the NL with 22 road home runs and his 56 road RBI were tied for second … sixth player in franchise history to hit 20 home runs on the road, frst since Vinny Castilla in 2004 … 15th time in franchise history a Rockie has recorded 50 RBIs on the road, frst since Todd Helton in 2007. His 89 extra-base hits led MLB and were the most by a third baseman in MLB history. Led MLB with 130 RBIs, the most by a Rockies player since Matt Holliday drove in 137 in 2007 … was the fourth Rockies third baseman to reach the 100 RBI mark (Castilla 5x, Atkins 2x, Cirillo) … 130 RBI the third-most all-time by a Rockies third baseman. Led the Major Leagues with 56 hits with runners in scoring position while his .373 average was second. Named the September National League Player of the Month … led the Majors with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs while hitting .339 (38-for-112) with 19 runs scored and eight doubles in 28 games. Hit a go-ahead solo home run in the 16th inning Sept. 15 at Los Angeles-NL, the latest home run by inning in Rockies history. Hit home runs in a club-record six consecutive games Sept. 1-5 … it was the longest stretch since Chris Davis homered in six straight for Baltimore in 2012. Drove in a run in a career-high eight consecutive games Aug. 30-Sept. 5, the longest stretch by a Rockies player since Carlos Gonzalez' club-record 11-game RBI streak in 2011. From June 21-28, was 11-for-27 (.407) with eight home runs and 15 RBI, winning NL Player of the Week. Hit 10 home runs and recorded 24 RBI vs. San Francisco … per Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fourth player with that many home runs and RBI in a season vs. the Giants, joining Dolph Camilli in 1941 (11 HR, 30 RBI), Roy Campanella in 1953 (10, 28) and Stan Musial in 1954 (12, 27). Led all Major League third baseman in total chances (507), assists (385), double plays (42) and range factor per game (3.12) … led all NL third baseman in games (157), putouts (105) and zone rating (.811) en route to his third consecutive Gold Glove.
Was a member of the Rockies' Opening Day roster for the first time in 2014 and set several career-highs despite playing fewer games in 2014 (111) than his rookie season of 2013 (133)...Set career-high totals in runs (58), doubles (34), home runs (18), RBI (61), walks (25), average (.287) and OPS (.828, .328 OBP, .500 SLG)...Named the NL winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove at third base for the second straight season...won the Gold Glove in 2013, becoming the second rookie third baseman to win the Award in NL history...Arenado is now the fifth player to have been awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove in each of their first two seasons: Frank Malzone (3B; 1957-59), Johnny Bench (C; 1968-77), Charles Johnson (C; 1995-98) and Ichiro Suzuki (OF; 2001-10). (Elias)...Was forced to miss 37 games from May 24-June 28 due to a fracture on his left mallet finger...was his first career DL stint...also missed time at the end of 2014 due to a chest contusion and early on-set pneumonia...Despite the time missed due to injury, Arenado finished third among NL third baseman in doubles (34) and tied for fourth in home runs (18)...Set a new franchise record when he hit safely in 28-straight games April 9-May 8...the streak was the longest in the Majors in 2014 and longest since Denard Span's 29-game streak in 2013...his 28-gamer lasted one game longer than Michael Cuddyer's previous club long of 27 games set in 2013...during the streak, Arenado batted .360 (40-for-111) with 11 doubles, four home runs, 20 RBI, 16 runs...Arenado's hit-streak is fifth-longest by a third baseman in the Divisional Era ('69)...Ryan Zimmerman (30 in '09), Wade Boggs (28 in '85), George Brett (30 in '80) and Pete Rose (44 in '78) are the other third baseman on that list...Named NL Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 18-24...hit .545 (12-for-22) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, three RBI, six runs, 1.645 OPS...first POW honor...Had his first career multi-home run game on April 5 vs. Ariz., crushing both homers off Brandon McCarthy...Crushed his second-career grand slam off Jenrry Mejia on May 3 vs. New York-NL...One of the Rockies most clutch hitters since joining the club in 2013, Arenado batted .315 (23-for-73) with 10 doubles, four HR and 12 RBI in close and late situations in 2014...hit .299 (40-for-134) with 10 doubles, five home runs and 16 RBI in one-run games.
Began 2013 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs before having his contract selected to Major League roster on 4/28...made MLB debut 4/28 at ARI...notched first MLB hit, HR and RBI (all off Josh Wall) in Rox 12-2 win 4/29 at LAD (3-for-6)... Despite not joining the Big League club until late April, led the club in games played (133) and ranked 2nd in doubles (29)... Ranked among the top five of Major League rookies in the following categories: hits (130, 1st), doubles (29, 1st), RBI (52, 4th), average (.267, 1st among qualifiers), extra-base hits (43, 2nd) and total bases (197, 3rd)... Crushed his first career grand slam in what was his second career home game on 5/4 vs. TB off David Price...had the Rockies lone walk-off home run in 2013, a solo shot on 6/7 vs. SD off Joe Thatcher... His 133 games are the 7th-most in franchise history for a rookie, and the 2nd-most by a rookie third baseman (Garrett Atkins 138 games in 2005)... Hit .298 (64-for-228) after the All-Star break, which included a .317 (32-for-101) batting average with 7 doubles in the month of August... Following the season was awarded wth a Rawlings Gold Glove at third base, becoming the first rookie in franchise history to win a Gold Glove and just the second rookie third baseman in Major League history (Frank Malzone in 1957)... Arenado is the 10th Rookie in Major League history to be awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove since the award's inception in 1957, joining Malzone (1957 3B), Ken Hubbs (1962 2B), Tommie Agee (1966 OF), Johnny Bench (1968 C), Carlton Fisk (1972 C), Fred Lynn (1975 OF), Sandy Alomar Jr. (1990 C), Charles Johnson (1995 C) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001 OF)... He became the first Rockies third baseman to ever be awarded a Gold Glove... Finished 4th in the NL among third baseman in fielding percentage (.973)...his 411 total chances were the 2nd-most in the NL behind only Pedro Alvarez (458), who played 218.1 more innings than Arenado...led NL 3B in total chances per 9.0 ip (3.33)...was T-2 among NL 3B in double plays with 27.
Was a member of the Double-A Tulsa Drillers roster for entire 2012 season...led the Drillers in games (134), at bats (516), hits (147), doubles (36) and RBI (56) in his first experience at Double-A...named to the Texas League Mid-Season All-Star team in 2012...hit .293 (83-for-283) with 17 doubles, 7 home runs and 38 RBI prior to the All-Star break...has at least 30 doubles in all three of his full professional seasons...his 36 doubles were tied for 2nd in the Texas League in 2012...has 124 doubles in his first four professional seasons...went 1-for-3 with a run in his first career Futures Game appearance at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City...2011: Spent the entire season at High-A Modesto where he batted .298 (154-for-517) with 32 doubles, 3 triples, 20 home runs, 122 RBI and 82 runs in 134 games for the Nuts...led all of Minor League Baseball in RBI and set a new Rockies Minor League record with his 122 RBI in 2011...was a California League Post-Season All-Star and played in his first Futures Game in 2011...batted .311 (56-for-180) with 105 RBI with runnersin scoring position...also batted .338 with RISP and 2 outs...finished the 2011 season with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League...was named the circuit's MVP after batting .388 (47-for-121) with 12 doubles, 6 home runs and 33 RBI in 29 games for the league champion Rafters...was also named to the AFL All-Prospect Team and selected to play in the AFL Rising Stars game...MLB.com named Arenado its 22nd overall prospect, top third base prospect and the top Rockies prospect heading into the 2012 season.
Spent the entire season at High-A Modesto where he batted .298 (154-for-517) with 32 doubles, 3 triples, 20 home runs, 122 RBI and 82 runs in 134 games for the Nuts...Led all of Minor League Baseball in RBI and set a new Rockies Minor League record with his 122 RBI in 2011...Was a California League Post-Season All-Star and played in his first Futures Game in 2011...Batted .311 (56-for-180) with 105 RBI with runners in scoring position...also batted .338 with RISP and 2 outs...Finished the 2011 season with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League...was named the circuit's MVP after batting .388 (47-for-121) with 12 doubles, 6 home runs and 33 RBI in 29 games for the league champion Rafters...Was also named to the AFL All-Prospect Team and selected to play in the AFL Rising Stars game...MLB.com named Arenado its 22nd overall prospect, top third base prospect and the top Rockies prospect heading into the 2012 season.
Spent his second professional season with Low-A Asheville as the everyday third baseman...set career highs in nearly every offensive category including hitting 10 more home runs than in 2009 (12 compared to 2)...among qualified Tourists he led the team in average and doubles, also had the second-most home runs on the team...his .308 average was fifth-highest in the South Atlantic League while his 41 doubles were second-most and his .520 slugging percentage was third-highest in the SAL...was named the third-best prospect in the Rockies system by Baseball America prior to the 2011 season...also named the best hitter for average and best infield arm in the Rockies system by Baseball America.
Spent his initial professional season with Rookie Level Casper in the Pioneer League as the club's regular third baseman...hit .300 (61-for-203) with 15 doubles, 2 triples and 22 RBI for the Ghosts...drew nearly as many walks (16) as he had strikeouts (18)...was named as the eighth-best prospect in the Pioneer League by Baseball America following the season...was also named the 10th-best prospect in the Rockies organization and as the best hitter for average in the Rockies system by Baseball America.