Giants Minor League Spotlight: Christian Arroyo


arroyoBy Charlie O. Mallonee

The number one prospect in the San Francisco Giants minor league system is shortstop Christian Arroyo. Arroyo is currently assigned to the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League.

Arroyo was drafted in the first round with the 25th pick in 2013. Frankly, most teams did not see him as a first-round selection. The Giants were impressed with Arroyo’s hitting and took him in that first round.

Arroyo won the MVP of the Arizona Rookie League and finished second in the MVP voting in 2014 in the short-season Northwest League by batting .333. The Giants had skip low Class-A and promoted him to San Jose of the California League for 2015. He batted .304 for San Jose.

Arroyo is considered to be an extremely advance hitter for his age (he turned 21 May 30). He known for making hard contact. The Giants would like to see Arroyo be more selective to improve his walk totals. The also believe being more patient would help his power numbers.

Defensively Arroyo has good hands and a strong arm at shortstop. His speed and range are of concern for playing the position. The questions about his abilities at shortstop plus the presence of Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik in the big leagues could lead to a change of position for Arroyo.

Arroyo’s strong arm could make him a candidate to play third base or possibly one of the corner outfield positions. The goal will be to find a place for him to play to get his bat into the lineup.

Arroyo is currently batting .283 with a .343 on base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage in 67 games. He has 75 hits in 265 at bats with 21 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 23 RBI. Arroyo has walked 18 times and struck out 45 times. Arroyo’s 21 doubles puts him in a three-way tie for the league lead in that category.

Based on his progress so far, Arroyo is projected to be “big league” ready by 2017. That might mean he is ready for a September call up in 2017 which if he is successful means Arroyo is going to be ready to challenge for a 25-man roster spot in 2018.

If Arroyo is not moved to a corner outfield position, there is a great deal of speculation that Giants fans may never see him in orange and black. Arroyo possesses the type of talent that many teams would like to add to their arsenal. Arroyo could well bring the Giants some much needed talent to fill holes that might exist in the player personnel scheme.

If you are a fan that likes to keep an eye on the future, then you will want to keep your eye on Christian Arroyo. What the Giants choose to do with him will tell you a great deal about what is going to happen with the club in the near future.

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