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Rockies Q&A: Everything you wanted to know about Nolan Arenado — Denver Post

A little Q&A session with Nolan Arenado by Nicole Vitale of the Denver Post. Spoiler alert, Arenado is riding Michigan State all the way. Don't hate the pick, not at all. He's also a fan of the Office, which means I'm now even more a fan of his than I was, if that's even possible.

Facing more shifts, Arenado won't change approach — MLB

Although he's been facing more shifts thus far in Spring Training, Nolan Arenado says he won't change his approach at the plate. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Through 27 ABs, Nolan is raking to the tune of .593/.586/.926, so he's been doing something right at the plate. While some guys will try to work on their bunting, some will try to work on pushing the ball the other way, I like Nolan's approach of trusting your swing, trusting the process, and making powerful contact.

Rockies put top pitching prospects back on display — MLB

We'll be able to see two of the Rockies' young arms on display today, with German Marquez starting a "B" game and Jeff Hoffman starting against the Angels. Antonio Senzatela will be starting for the Rockies on Friday, while David Hale is scheduled to get his first inning since injuring his hamstring.

Barnes, Ynoa know all about roster bubble — MLB

Two guys who have a wealth of experience in fighting for roster spots talk about how they're work to prove themselves worthy of a place at highest level. Understandably, both Ynoa and Barnes say they focus on themselves and what they can do to become better players, blocking out as much of the noise as they can. As the article notes, with both Story and Adames, who is out of options, playing their way into the team, there's likely just one spot that Barnes and Ynoa are competing for if the team intends to play Raburn.

Colorado Rockies Outfield Battle: Week Two — Rox Pile

A review on the outfield position given performances the past week. Tapia has been hot with the bat, as one might expect, while the aforementioned Barnes has shown improvement in his swing — he is still struggling with strikeouts — to pair with his glove.