Drillers' Arenado raking in August

Top Rockies prospect goes 4-for-4, doubles twice in win

By Sam Dykstra / Special to MLB.com | August 6, 2012 10:34 PM ET

Nolan Arenado didn't get the memo that fireworks belong in July, not August.

The Rockies' top prospect was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored Monday in Double-A Tulsa's 10-6 win over Springfield.

It was his third straight game with three or more hits and gave him at least one knock in each of his six contests in August. So far this month, the 21-year-old third baseman is batting .538 (14-for-26) with seven doubles, one home run and three RBIs.

Those numbers represent stark improvements from Arenado's July, when he owned a batting line of .165/.252/.272. In fact, his 14 hits in early August nearly match his 17 hits in the entire month. What's more, he's already surpassed his doubles total (seven vs. six) despite playing in 21 fewer games.

The California native, who is MLB.com's No. 17 prospect, has been hitting with purpose as well.

He set the table in the fourth and seventh innings with two-baggers, but did not cross the plate either time. He also provided insurance with an RBI single in the top of the 10th to give the Drillers a comfortable four-run cushion in extra innings.

Arenado wasn't the only hitter to provide some pop for either side. Jimmy Cesario was 3-for-5 and his triple in the 10th cleared the bases. Corey Dickerson and Ben Paulsen also provided two RBIs, meaning Tulsa's top four hitters in the lineup drove in nine of the team's 10 runs.

Cardinals' No. 3 prospect Oscar Taveras fell a triple shy of the cycle on a three-run, two-RBI night. The 20-year-old outfielder leads the Texas League in average (.323) and ranks second in slugging (.577) and OPS (.963). Springfield first baseman Xavier Scruggs was a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored.

Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five over five innings in his second rehab start for the Drillers.

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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