SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nolan Arenado sees this Spring Training camp as an opportunity. If he takes advantage of it the way he's done others recently, he could find his way to Coors Field soon enough.
"I'm not going to see it as anything more than that," Arenado said. "It's an opportunity to show them what I have, get to know some people and hopefully one day play with them."
Arenado, the club's top prospect, according to MLB.com's Prospect Watch, is just 20 years old and is perched next to veteran third baseman Casey Blake -- the club's likely Opening Day starter -- in the clubhouse at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
The second-round Draft pick (59th overall) in 2009 made his mark this fall in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named the league's MVP after finishing among the leaders in several offensive categories. He also led the Minors in RBIs this year, with 122 in the California League.
"It's been hard work in the offseason and hard work during the season," Arenado said. "I'm trying to be one of the best, and that's my goal and I'm trying to work as hard as I can to be the guy that makes it to the big leagues and stays in the big leagues. I don't want to go up and down. I want to be in the big leagues and be there for a while."
For those reasons, along with the sturdiness of Blake and a few other options at third in the meantime, it's unlikely Arenado will be a regular contributor until 2013. But he has every intention of getting his money's worth while he's got the eyes of the organization on him in Scottsdale.
"I'm coming in here to play as hard as I can and try to win a spot," Arenado said. "I don't know if the chances are high or not, but it's still the goal, automatically."