Arenado named fall MVP as Salt River wins championship

November 19, 2011 | 10:53 pm | 9  

Colorado Rockies third base prospect Nolan Arenado was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League following the Salt River Rafters’ 9-3 win in the championship game Saturday.

Arenado, who was 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in the game, hit .388 with six home runs and 33 RBI in 29 games before the championship.

How other Rockies prospects fared:

  • Outfielder Tim Wheeler was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the game. He hit .256 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 32 games.
  • First baseman Ben Paulsen was 1-for-3 with two runs scored in the championship. He hit .267 with eight doubles and 13 RBI in 22 games.
  • Parker Frazier was 1-1 with a 6.10 ERA in 13 appearances.
  • Joe Gardner was 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings over seven starts.
  • Rob Scahill was 2-0 with a 7.36 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 11 innings over 11 appearances.
  • Casey Weathers was 1-1 with an 8.18 ERA in 14 appearances. Weathers walked 13 and struck out 13 in 11 innings.



  • Anonymous | November 19, 2011 | 11:44 pm

    Congrats Nolan.

  • Wayne | November 20, 2011 | 9:20 am

    Those are some ugly pitching stats.

    Congrats Nolan, can’t wait to see you in Denver this summer.

  • Julian | November 20, 2011 | 10:22 am

    For the AFL Gardner’s numbers don’t look so bad. Is the plan for him to begin next year as a reliever as CS ro will he continue to be a starter?

  • Julian | November 20, 2011 | 11:19 am

    I saw that the Rockies might be interested in Jonny Gomes to platoon with Seth Smith. Looking at his 2011 numbers, he didn’t do very much, although I didn’t see splits. Is he an upgrade over Spilly? Is he any less expensive than Spilly would be this year? Could we get almost as much (as little) production from Cole Garner at a fraction of the price? If we are going to sign an OF free agent can we do better without breaking the bank? What’s the point of looking for a platoon partner for Smith if we are likely to trade Smith to fill another need?

  • egossage | November 20, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    Wigginton traded to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash. Don’t quite get what the Rockies are trying to do.

  • rockymountainhigh | November 20, 2011 | 10:15 pm

    They were getting rid of the salary and non productive RISP hitters.

  • egossage | November 21, 2011 | 7:28 am

    That’s fine but I’m pretty confident they won’t sign anyone better. They’ll probably end up signing someone worse like Brandon Wood or something. Oh wait, they already did.

  • Eric | November 21, 2011 | 11:33 am

    @egossage: You don’t seem to realize how bad Wiggington was for the Rockies this year.

    Overall #’s : .242 BA / .731 OPS / 15 HR / 446 PA
    Overall RISP: .163 BA / .495 OPS / 1 HR / 142 PA
    2OUTS + RISP: .115 BA / .365 OPS / 0 HR / 69 PA

    That’s not even taking into account the negative value from his poor fielding.

    But most importantly, we’re talking about value here. His 2011 contract was $3.5M. Fangraphs puts his value at 0.3 fWAR, which equates to a value of $1.3M. Baseball reference isn’t as kind, putting his value at -1.1 bWAR.

    Based on all of hte above information, I’ll take the “player to be named” plus some cash just to be reid of him and open up another spot on the roster in 2012. This was a good move for the Rockies.

  • egossage | November 21, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    I know how bad he was and I don’t mind that they traded him but I know that they won’t go after anyone better than him. To me this was making a move just to make a move. They won’t do anything with the money they freed up. We’ll be stuck with a platoon at 2B and 3B next year along with LF.