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Weiss doesn't expect sophomore slump from Arenado

Weiss doesn't expect sophomore slump from Arenado

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss said the expectations of the second year in the Majors have swallowed up many a player coming off a good rookie campaign, but he believes third baseman Nolan Arenado can succeed.

Arenado, 22, became the first National League rookie to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Offensively, at times he was impatient and ended up hitting .267 with a .301 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 52 RBIs. A second-round pick out of El Toro (Calif.) High School in 2009, Arenado is expected to develop into a middle-of-the-order bat.

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"Nolan, that stuff doesn't bother him, the expectations," Weiss said. "He almost thrives on it. You could see that in big situations last year."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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