Cove Chatter 100: #42

Jonah Arenado | 3B, 18 yo, 6-4, 195, BR, TR | 2013 Draft – 16 | (AZL) 12 G, 42 PA, .211/.286/.263, .549 OPS, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K

Another exciting (and surprising) high school signing from the 2013 draft class. Doesn’t yet have the polished bat of older brother Nolan, but he does have a professional frame, strong arm and solid infield glove. He takes a monster hack and should be able to develop some power as he gains experience. Should be another fun prep bat to follow going forward. Maybe it’s a long shot, but It sure would be something to see the brothers Arenado duking it out for NL West hot corner supremacy down the road.

They said it: “Average or better arm; steady glove; interesting power; average upside with hit tool.” ~ The Baseball Draft Report

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Arroyo Named MVP

Giants’ 2013 first round pick Christian Arroyo was named MVP of the Arizona Rookie League today. 2nd round pick Ryder Jones, catcher Fernando Pujadas and 21 year-old lefty Luis Ysla were also named to the AZL All-Star team, while Giants’ skipper Nestor Rojas took Manager of the Year. The Giants, led primarily by young 2013 draft picks, finished first in the regular season standings at 41-14 this summer. They earned a bye into the AZL semi-finals, which will be played tomorrow. I don’t know exactly how rookie league playoffs are formatted, but having a bye certainly doesn’t hurt.

If I’m Arroyo, I accept that MVP award with a hearty “F-You” to the draft scouts who called me the biggest reach of the first round. That “reach” logged a .326/.388/.511 line with 2 HR, 18 2B and 39 RBI in 45 games this summer while manning shortstop for the first-place Giants. According to MiLB.com, his OPS (.898), doubles and RBI were best in the AZL this year. He also tied the league lead in slugging. If you want to read the brief article, you can find it here.

We know the Giants have plenty of pitching depth in the lower levels of the system. But I don’t think many people realize the Giants are also starting to build a nice base of position player talent as well, although many of those guys are very far off. We can hope that Jones and Arroyo, the gems of this year’s draft, continue to push each other (if they are assigned to the same level next year). The same goes for international babies Gustavo Cabrera and Nat Javier, college bats Tyler Horan, Brandon Bednar and Brian Ragira, as well as 2013 high school draftees like Jonah Arenado and John Riley.

The Giants may have gambled on some of these guys, but I think Arroyo’s play this summer shut a lot of people up, and hopefully showed some “experts” that Bobby Evans, Brian Sabean and crew may know a thing or two about scouting talent. Keep those bats coming, fella’s.

MiLB Two Up, One Down

August 5, 2013

Two Up

Christian Arroyo, SS, AZL: 3-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, 2 E.

Arroyo swung the bat very well in the Arizona Rookie League last night, raising his batting average to .292 in the Giants’ 16-1 drubbing of the Padres. The Giants drafted Arroyo in the first round this year for his offense, which has shown up nicely in his first couple months of professional ball. The 18 year-old shortstop did make two fielding errors on the night, however. (Fellow 2013 prep picks Ryder Jones and Jonah Arenado both drove in 3 runs in this game as well).

Mike Kickham, LHP, Fresno: 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

Kickham had been trending in the wrong direction in Fresno after his second stint in the big leagues came to an end last month. However, he’s strung a couple nice starts together recently, including 6 shutout innings last night in a 2-0 win over Albuquerque. For Kickham, the big issue is always going to be control, so his two walks last night are a positive sign. He’s allowed only 2 ER in his last couple of starts and his ERA is now under 5.00 again. But it’s the 30 walks in his last 54 IP which are still a bit alarming. He’ll need a few more starts like last night if he wants another shot in San Francisco.

One Down

Kyle Crick, RHP, San Jose: 1 GS, 5 IP 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K.

While a 5 IP, 2 ER performance doesn’t seem that bad overall, Crick’s walks are beginning to become an issue. After an 11 K masterpiece in his last start, the Giants’ #1 prospect was wild last night, posting another 5-walk line. That’s Crick’s 3rd outing with 5 walks in his last 5 starts. While he has certainly shown the ability to work out of trouble this season (1.78 ERA in 50 IP), Crick will have to work his control issues out if he wants to find success at the higher levels.