#14. Christian Arroyo – SS, 18 yo, R: Arroyo, a high school kid out of Florida, is the Giants’ newest first round pick. He broke a commitment to Florida, signed quickly and has made his debut in rookie league. In all honesty, you would like to see a new first-round talent rank somewhere in the top 5 or 10, but I just can’t rank him that high until we see what he offers. The prep shortstop was ranked 102nd on the Baseball America draft board, and the Giants grabbed him with the 25th overall pick. Any ranking (including mine) should be taken with a grain of salt, but I’m just not making the connection with this kid as a first round talent yet. Yes, he put up impressive numbers as a prep player (.524, 11 HR his senior year), but most scouts don’t project him to be a stellar professional hitter, or even a shortstop (he seems to profile better as a catcher).
I know my review of Arroyo may come off as negative, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m not excited to see how he performs – because I am. He’s just a bit riskier of a first round pick for the Giants, but there’s absolutely no reason a high school position player can’t develop over time just as Cain, Bumgarner and Wheeler did as first round prep pitchers. Arroyo is a kid who projects confidence, intelligence and leadership, and a steady performance in rookie ball this summer could have him moving up the list quickly.