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.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.