Nolan Arenado Ranked 5th in MLB.com Fantasy Player Preview

MLB.com has released its 2017 Fantasy Player Review and Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies has been ranked as one of the top five players in the game.

Arenado came in fifth in MLB.com’s player ranking, behind (in order) Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs. It continues a trend where Arenado and Bryant are among the best at their position and the debate continues on which one is superior. We talked about their budding rivalry in this article.

Here’s what MLB.com said about Arenado in its rankings…

Arenado stands out in a deep pool of game-changing sluggers, ranking first among Major Leaguers in RBIs (263) and third in home runs (83) since the outset of 2015. The third baseman has also made strides to become a more well-rounded hitter, posting career-high marks in BB/K ratio (0.7), batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.362) last year. Looking ahead to ’17, Arenado could use his stellar skills and hitter-friendly home park to deliver another exceptional effort.

Ah, the words hitter-friendly home park. Always love to see the Coors Field references, don’t we?

Along with Arenado, several other Rockies were also prominently featured.

Charlie Blackmon also finished in MLB.com’s Top 20 rankings, coming in at number 13. Following up on a career year where he earned his first-ever Silver Slugger award, Chuck Nazty is expected to once again be one of baseball’s most feared leadoff hitters.

Behind Blackmon were sophomore shortstop Trevor Story (No. 39 overall) and new Colorado first baseman Ian Desmond (No. 47 overall).

Jon Gray was the highest-ranked Colorado pitcher, finishing at number 135. In the bullpen, MLB.com ranked newcomer Greg Holland (No. 339 overall) ahead of Adam Ottavino (No. 378 overall).

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