Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Nolan Arenado

Written By: Chas Pippitt

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Nolan Arenado

In 2015, Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies had his first all star campaign.  He finished with a .287 average and 43 doubles and 42 Home Runs.  This year, he’s started off even hotter than last year and has a chance to really make a run at the NL MVP.  Playing great defense at 3rd base and anchoring a potent Rockies offense is just another year for Nolan Arenado at this point, and I think we’re watching a great player blossom right before our eyes.  Yes, I know it’s a small sample size, but to date, through 50 at bats, Arenado is averaging a career high by hitting a home run every 8.3 at bats while striking out a career low 1 strikeout in every 16.7 at bats!  (Who said you can’t have Power AND limit Strikeouts???

Nolan Arenado has many mechanical advantages in his swing, which I will outline above, and in his 6’2” 205 lb frame, but even more astonishing is the fact that he’s only 25 years old and in his 4th MLB Season.  One thing I say all the time is that once you’re at the MLB level, it doesn’t get ‘harder’.  The level is the level, and with how Arenado handled the MLB level last year and through the early part of this season, I think he’s got a lot of things figured out at the plate.

I hope you enjoyed this Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown. #BRSwingBreakdown

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

5 thoughts on "Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Nolan Arenado"

  1. Joe Lai says:

    Great article and breakdown! So from a biomechanical standpoint, the arms do not have to extend or release after contact? My son has worked with you in the past and has the same finish where he keeps the arms unextended after contact. I thought the last piece of the puzzle for him was to release the arms by extending them after contact. To me, it makes sense to release your energy by releasing the barrel after the ball is hit. Kind of like cracking a whip or how a golfer releases after contact. Obviously, this hitter disproves my thought process. Thoughts?

    1. Chas Pippitt says:


      I remember you guys! Thanks for checking in!

      Once the ball is gone, the ball is gone. Extension after that collision is irrelevant one way or another.


  2. Brandon Lewis says:

    It seems to me that the extension after contact allows for more complete rotation to finish. It is something I tell my son and when he extends his turn is deeper. The collision isn’t affected it is just helps him get to the finish that Baseball Rebellion teaches. Could you guys break down Corey Dickerson’s swing? It looks like a really nice movement at full speed.

    1. Chas Pippitt says:


      Again, extension CAN happen but it doesn’t “HAVE TO’ happen.

      In our experience, often times extension of the arms by PUSHING stops shoulder rotation and hinders the swing finish/turn finish.


  3. BobG says:

    Hi Chas.

    Love the baseball talk! Just catching up with this Only thing I would add to what you pointed out is that his extension is truncated due to location of pitch being inside. Other Arenado swings show extension. It is important to teach young hitters to get knob inside path of baseball (not with hands but with one piece to ball via rotation) and that on inside pitches extension is not always possible the way getting to power v might be on balls over the plate. Appreciate all you have done for me as a hitting coach!

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