Salt Lake City, Utah —— At the top of this post, watch our scouting video of San Francisco Giants #2 prospect Christian Arroyo, taken from his work during an April 2017 game for the Sacramento River Cats against the host Salt Lake Bees in Triple-A Pacific Coast League play.
If you’d like to read Nick Stephens’ feature interview with San Francisco Giants infielder Christian Arroyo that was also published today, please click here.
Christian Arroyo scouting report notes
Almost immediately, Christian Arroyo’s hand-eye coordination is the first thing that stands out. No matter the pitch or swing, he has a knack for getting the barrel of the bat on the ball, and he’s exceptional at putting the ball in play with authority. His stance, swing, and broader approach at the plate are pretty simple, and he’s not quite optimized for power yet, instead opting to be more of a line drive-type guy at this point in his (very young) career. Balance and bat speed are both good, and it’s evident even in his young age that Christian Arroyo comes to the plate with a plan. I could see him easily learning to turn on pitches and hit ten or more home runs a year in the big leagues soon, but it’s not really a part of his game now, though he has no problem going gap-to-gap all game long.
His eyes are good at the plate and he generally stays true to his approach and plan, only rarely flailing out to off-speed stuff during the times I’ve seen him play. That said, though, he can be too aggressive within the strike zone itself, and it’s difficult for him to consistently draw walks right now. He’ll need to add that to his game at the next level, of course, but his youth and exceptional hand-eye coordination will collectively help him here.
If you take his bat alone, you’d imagine Christian Arroyo best fits the San Francisco Giants as a second baseman of the future, but he’s blocked there, and that means at least for the beginning of his career, third base is his most likely destination on the diamond as a big leaguer. He shows good, quick instincts on defense with reliable hands, and he gets good, fast reads on balls off the bat. His arm strength is good enough to play across the infield, and he’ll probably turn into an overall slightly-above-average defender based on his trajectory.
He’s been absolutely tearing up Triple-A against significantly older competition, and that’ll help him whenever his big league call-up comes. For now, he remains the San Francisco Giants’ best position player prospect coming through the system, and even though his longtime position (shortstop) and his most likely destination (second base) are blocked, Christian Arroyo is too good not to find a way to contribute on the big league level very soon.
For our interview with San Francisco Giants infielder Christian Arroyo, please click here.
To visit Christian Arroyo’s player page, please click here.
Christian Arroyo scouting report: 140 characters or less
A polished young hitter with a knack for contact, Christian Arroyo is knocking on the MLB door. The Giants must figure out where to put him.
Christian Arroyo scouting report video
Here’s our Christian Arroyo video taken from one of his starts last week on the road against PCL foe Salt Lake:
Christian Arroyo scouting report GIFs
And here are a couple of Christian Arroyo baseball GIFs taken from the swings on that day: