He is one of the new faces on the Albuquerque Isotopes roster. Infielder Josh Fuentes loves baseball and he loves third base.
“At third base, that’s my thing,” said Fuentes. He shares that love with his cousin who happens to play the same position with the Colorado Rockies.
“Obviously, Nolan is my cousin. I’m sure everybody knows that already,” said Fuentes.
He is talking about Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado.
“A lot of people say I play like him or I kind of hit like him,” said Fuentes. “I will give it a few weeks and I am sure they will realize.”
While his cousin Arenado was busy batting .309 last season with 37 home runs, Fuentes was batting .307 for double-a Hartford. He had 15 home runs.
The two cousins have worked hard together on their skills since they were little guys.
“Since we were 8 years old playing whiffle ball in our backyard,” said Fuentes. “Everything is arguments and trying to get after each other.”
The tough cousin battles were profitable to both.
“You know I’ve gotten better and I just learn from him,” said Fuentes. “He’s obviously gotten better. You know he is one of the best. To learn from that and grow up in the system and be right behind him, you know, almost his back up, you know in triple-A, It’s so awesome.”
It is not a common thing to see a player backing his cousin in professional baseball.
“That’s the running joke in our family,” said Fuentes. “You know Josh, he is going to be Nolan’s backup for the rest of his career.”
If Fuentes ever decides to go to another sport, he knows he would be just as good as his baseball career.
“Besides baseball, I am a pretty good wide receiver,” said Fuentes. “I think I can catch. I got some hands.”
The Isotopes start the season at Salt Lake Thursday night. The Isotopes home opener is Tuesday, April 10.