Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday, MLB announced. Arenado is the second consecutive Colorado player to win the award, joining Corey Dickerson, who earned the honor last Monday.
Arenado went 12-for-22 with three doubles, a triple and two home runs in five games against the Royals and Marlins last week at Coors Field. During the last home stand, the Gold Glove defender finished 19-for-38 with four walks, three doubles, a triple and three homers. That was good for a .500/.558/.868 line.
Improved offense has allowed Arenado to become one of the top overall third basemen in the league this season. The 23-year-old, second-year big leaguer is hitting .308/.349/.519 and already has more home runs and exactly as many walks in 396 plate appearances this year as he did in 514 trips to the batter's box in 2013.
He talked a little bit about his approach after the Rockies' loss to the Reds to begin his successful home stand. Arenado homered and hit a couple of balls to the warning track off of Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto in that contest.
"You never see a guy like that well, so I was just looking in certain spots and was able to take advantage," Arenado said. "He's a guy who hits his spots and I don't want to give him two strikes. I looked in the whole way because in Cincinnati, he kept beating me in that spot."
Arenado's ability to adjust to a tough pitcher helped him that night, and it has clearly paid dividends for the budding star throughout the season. At this point, health appears to be the only real obstacle that could get in the way of Arenado reaching stardom, and that's more of a Rockies thing, not necessarily a personal thing.
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