Saturday Rockpile: Quick Hits on Nolan Arenado, Christian Friedrich, and Jhoulys Chacin

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 05: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 5, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

I'm going to make this short and completely link-based, as the WiFi at my hotel is absolutely atrocious.

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper getting closer to big league call-ups - Fantasy Baseball - ESPN
Kevin Goldstein lays out his Top 12 prospects for the 2012 fantasy season, discussing big names such as Bryce Harper and Trevor Bauer, along with a few under-the-radar players. Included beyond the paywall, at number three, is the Rockies' top prospect:

3. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies

Last week's stats (at Double-A Tulsa): 11-for-28 (.393), 4 2B, 0 HR, 5 RBIs

Path to the big leagues: The Rockies cleared Arenado's path to the big leagues by releasing Casey Blake this spring, and neither Chris Nelson nor Jordan Pacheco has done much to delay Arenado's timetable. He should be up soon.

What he can do: You can expect Arenado to hit for a decent average immediately, but the power could take a while even though he'll play half his games at homer-favorable Coors Field. Meanwhile, he's not a stolen base threat.

Left-hander Friedrich finding groove with Colorado Springs Sky Sox - The Denver Post
Christian Friedrich will start tomorrow for the Sky Sox, which will mark his third start of 2012. During the first two, he dealt with some adversity (particularly in the opener, when he had a meltdown in the third inning), but came out of it rather nicely. It will be very interesting to see how he performs in his first home start. Rob Scahill obviously didn't fare well last night (more on that in the Pebble Report), but the opposing pitcher(s) did, so at least we know it's possible.

Chacin turns to video for help - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders has some quick notes on Jhoulys Chacin, the Rockies defense, and injury progress made by Jorge De La Rosa and Josh Outman. Chacin, who will make his second start of the season tonight, coming off of his awful outing in the home opener, has apparently noticed some mechanical flaws that he'll aim to fix. I'll be in attendance tonight, and would rather not see him walk everyone on the D-Backs roster, so let's hope the changes turn into results.

Harang breaks Dodgers record with 9 straight Ks - The Denver Post
Aaron Harang has always been a good-but-not-great strikeout pitcher, particularly in Cincinnati during his prime, when he had two straight seasons of 8+ K/9, but for a team to strikeout nine consecutive times and 13 times overall? That's so..............Padres. With that said, it's a solid accomplishment from Harang, and let's hope he's not the next in a long line of aging Dodgers pitchers to dominate the Rockies when the two teams square off.

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