While Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story’s bat has stolen many of the team’s national headlines early this season, manager Walt Weiss raved about third baseman Nolan Arenado’s play on The Jim Rome Show on Monday. Already a 3-time Gold Glove winner, a silver slugger winner, and home run champ, Weiss said he’s not sure how Arenado could possibly get any better than he is now.
“He’s somewhat of a well-kept secret,” Weiss said. “We’re out there in our own time zone, and nationally he’s still a bit of secret, I think. It’s crazy to think that, but this is one of the better players in all of the game.”
At 25-years-old, Weiss, who was a former MLB shortstop himself, says Arenado is a part of the sport’s bright future.
“They talk about all the young, good players, and it is a really, really neat time right now, with all the young talent in our game. Nolan is one of those guys,” Weiss said. “He’s as good as any of the young stars, and I think you can make an argument that he’s maybe the best player in the game right now.”
When asked to clarify if he meant best young player in the game or best player in the sport today, Weiss didn’t hesitate.
“I think you can go either way. I think he’s that good,” Weiss said. “He impacts the game virtually every day defensively, and it’s hard to find another player in the game that does that. Probably as good as a defender at any position that I’ve seen.”
Weiss said Arenado’s defense reminds him one of his former teammates, a 10-time Gold Glove winning centerfielder.
“I played in Atlanta, and Andruw Jones would change the game routinely on defense. Nolan does that also at third base,” Weiss said. “He’s probably been responsible for half our wins just on the defensive side of the ball. So he does it on both sides, an impact offensive player who hit 42 home runs last year, and 22 of them were on the road, so it’s not like he’s a Coors Field product, I mean this guy is just a really good player.”