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Nolan Arenado

#28 | 3B
Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies
Nolan Arenado
Name: Nolan James Arenado
Born: Apr 16, 1991 in Lake Forest, Calif. USA
High School: El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif.
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 2nd round (59th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2009 (signed for $625,000)
Arenado was far from impressive during the summer Area Code Games or the fall scout ball season last year. Flashes of power from his bat were negated by his soft frame, lack of speed and absence of athletic ability. But he has since transformed himself. Now strong and fit at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Arenado's speed is still below-average, but he now exhibits a powerful throwing arm and greatly improved fielding actions. A high school shortstop, Arenado has no chance of staying there after graduation. His improved hands make third base a possibility, but catching is his most likely destination. His muscular build and howitzer arm appear to fit best behind the dish. Scouts are mixed on Arenado's hitting. He has powerful hands that enable him to drive the ball long distances, particularly to the opposite field. But there's some stiffness in his swing, and some scouts worry about his habit of getting too far out front with his front shoulder and arms. Arenado's draft stock jumped during this year's National Classic, when he was named the tournament's most outstanding hitter and was by far the most dominant player. Arenado's power potential alone will get him into the early rounds, in spite of his defensive questions.
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