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Nolan Arenado approaching elite territory; another 3B on the farm may not be far behind

Nolan Arenado and Ryan McMahon are enjoying fine seasons. That, and more, in today's Rockpile.

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Arenado working to keep swinging power bat |
Dargan Southard talked to Rockies manager Walt Weiss about that adjustments Nolan Arenado has made on his way to becoming an elite offensive player. Staying balanced in the batter's box has helped Arenado carve out a .289/.330/.578 line with 13 home runs, totals that become much more impressive when you consider the 24-year-old budding superstar has managed a .301/.345/.650 line with 10 homers in 113 plate appearances away from Coors Field.

Hochman: Brooks Robinson a fan of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado - The Denver Post
The best third baseman in the history of baseball follows every one of Arenado's games. I'm dead. Dead.

Rockies Mailbag: Does Colorado need to restock their farm system with top level prospects? - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders has some good stuff in his weekly Q&A with fans. Saunders mentions that the Rockies have done a good job developing position players and, based on recent strides taken by Eddie Butler, Chad Bettis and Jon Gray, might be turning a corner in their development of pitchers. It's way too early to agree with that last part, but it would be hard pressed for anyone to argue that Colorado's farm system isn't in the best place it has been in a decade.

Baseball Prospectus | Minor League Update: Games of June 1, 2015
Mauricio Rubio has a few words on Ryan McMahon, who went 2-for-4 for Modesto last night to raise his season line to .299/.407/.508. That kind of production out of a player who is nearly three years younger than the average player in his league is promising. That, coupled with McMahon's walk rate of almost 13 percent, says some great things about his future.


Colorado Rockies Hot Or Not: It's June! - Rox Pile
Bobby DeMuro's "Rockies Tinder" has quickly become one of my favorite things on the Internet. So simple, yet so effective and amusing. Check it out.

Brandon Barnes: The Journeyman | Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball
J.J. Buck recently profiled Barnes, who along with fellow recent callups Bettis and Ben Paulsen, has been a tremendous shot in the arm for the Rockies over the last couple of weeks.


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