Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado just keeps rolling.
Arenado extended his MLB-best hitting streak to 28 games this evening with a single to center field in the third inning against Rangers starter Matt Harrison. In doing so, he set a new Rockies franchise record. The record was previously held by his teammate Michael Cuddyer, who hit in 27 consecutive games last season.
You can watch video of the hit here.
Arenado won a Gold Glove Award as a rookie last season, but he batted .262 with 10 home runs and a .706 OPS in 133 games. After his second-inning single tonight, the 23-year-old is hitting .326 with an .883 OPS this season. We’re watching the rise of a potential star here.
Joe DiMaggio had the longest hitting streak in major league history at 56 games in 1941. As impressive as Arenado’s streak has been, he’s just halfway home.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.