Christian Arroyo

Position: SS
Level: High A
Affiliate: Scottsdale Scorpions
League: International League
Age: 20
Height: 6'1
Weight: 180
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd., (#25 overall), 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SFG)

Prospect Spotlight

Arroyo enjoyed a breakout 2015, following-up his impressive High A showing with a loud Arizona Fall League and earning a 2016 promotion to Double-A Richmond despite starting the season at just 20-years-old. The precocious middle infielder came out of the gates raking, but has slowed down some over his past couple series, striking out in about 20% of his plate appearances over his last seven games.

Arroyo keeps a pretty compact stroke to contact, and there’s enough bat speed there to impact the ball at contact and drive the gaps with occasional over-the-fence pop. Though not an imposing physical presence, Arroyo is put together well and should be able to keep upper-level arms honest as he continues to mature, possibly projecting to 15 or so home runs a year with a gang of doubles to boot. Already showing impressive feel for contact, Arroyo’s next developmental hurdle will be refining his approach and learning how best to work more advanced arms to find his pitch to drive.

With Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik currently up the middle in San Francisco, there’s little reason to rush Arroyo, and it would make sense for the Giants to start experimenting with Arroyo around the diamond once he’s settled in to the Double-A game. He has his supporters at each of three infield positions, and could even fit as a corner-outfield option as part of super-utility role. –Nick J. Faleris