Christian Arroyo | SS, 18 yo, 6-1, 180, BR, TR | 2013 Draft – 1 (25) | (AZL) 45 G, 209 PA, .326/.388/.511, .898 OPS, 2 HR, 3 SB, 2 CS, 19 BB, 32 K
The Giants were laughed off the block when they took Arroyo in the first round this summer, but got the last laugh in 2013 when their shortstop took home MVP honors in the Arizona Rookie League two months later. Arroyo is young, confident, and experienced in international competition with Team USA (where he was also the team MVP). He doesn’t profile well defensively or on the bases… the Giants drafted him for his bat, which certainly opened some eyes in Arizona. It remains to be seen how much power will fill in, but I think it’s safe to say the Giants are hoping for a future .275-.300 hitter who they can stick in the top 3 spots of their lineup for years. He’s got a long way to go, and he may have to move off shortstop down the road. But he’s off to an impressive start so far, and Andrew Baggarly even likened his poise and polish to that of another former 1st round pick – Buster Posey.
They said it: “His value is in his bat, and specifically, his contact skills. Really have to like the extra-base power he showed in the AZL. Overall tools don’t suggest a sky-high ceiling, but I think you could draw some parallels to Posey in terms of his intelligence and polish.” ~ Andrew Baggarly
“…outstanding plate coverage and hand/eye coordination, short crisp swing with bat speed, squares up everything, no problems against plus velocity, hard line drive contact to all fields, gap power, has special ability to square up the ball… The bat is special.” ~ Perfect Game