O'Malley Wants to be Jack of All Trades -- From MLB.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The fact that Shawn O'Malley is starting his 13th year in professional baseball didn't keep him from getting an early start on his first Spring Training camp with the Rockies. After signing as a Minor League free agent in December, O'Malley showed up early in Scottsdale to take advantage of any opportunity he could find to give his game an edge.

"A couple days before Spring Training started, I was asking Nolan [Arenado] about the little things that make him so great. He's a Gold Glover for a reason. Same as DJ [LeMahieu]. It's like, 'what separates you from everyone else?' I just try and pick their brain a little and try to find one thing that I can apply to my game and make it that much better."

That sponge-like approach to picking up elements from every aspect of the game is indicative of the utility role O'Malley hopes to win on the Rockies' 25-man roster when the team opens the season in a month.

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