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Nolan Arenado (Photo: El Toro High School)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Nolan Arenado
School:El Toro HS (Calif.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:200 lbs.
Report Date(s):4/13/09-4/16/09
Game(s):Anderson Bat National Classic

Focus Area
Hitting ability:Arenado has some bat ability and is very quick to the ball with the bat.
Power:He's got above-average raw power.
Running speed:He's duck-footed and lumbers.
Base running:It's not a part of his game.
Arm strength:He's got a good arm that plays as a plus behind the plate.
Fielding:He plays shortstop for his high school team, but that's not where he'll be at the next level. He hasn't caught much, but he's got good hands and feet that could play well there.
Range:He has some athleticism that allows him to move with agility despite a lack of speed.
Physical Description:Arenado has a strong build with some size to him, like one of the Molina brothers or Yorvit Torrealba.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths: Good hitting ability, with power, that would play at third and especially well behind the plate. A plus arm with some quick-twitch athleticism.
Weaknesses:Whether he can actually catch remains in question. He sometimes inside outs the ball too often at the plate.
Summary:Arenado is a strong high schooler with some serious ability with the bat. He's quick to the ball and has excellent raw power. The main question is where that bat will play best as a pro. He plays shorstop now, but he'll be a third baseman or a catcher in the future. He's caught before, so it wouldn't be a conversion. Although he's not very experienced, his plus arm and quick feet have some believing he can do it. If a team is convinced he can catch, he could go off the board in the first couple of rounds.