Nolan Arenado won his first Fielding Bible Award yesterday as he was recognized for being the best defensively at his position in the entire league, but we already knew that. The stud third baseman garnered 116 points out of a total 120 in the voting, surpassing the totals of Adrian Beltre (102) and Manny Machado (101) who finished behind him.
With the departure of Justin Morneau, Ben Paulsen will look to seize his chance to finally become the Rockies' starter at first following a year in which he hit .277 with 11 homers and 49 RBI in 116 games. Some struggles against left-handed pitchers could see Paulsen land in a platoon situation with one of Kyle Parker or Wilin Rosario, but it seems he'll get every opportunity to claim the position as his own.
Rockies' prospect Raimel Tapia went 4-for-4 in the Rafters' 12-6 win over the Mesa Solar Sox in yesterday's game. He hit two singles, a double, and drew a walk in addition to the home run. Tapia now has hits in five of his last six games and an average of .300.