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Giants Prospect Number 1: Christian Arroyo
Christian Arroyo is undoubtedly the top prospect in the Giants’ organization. What remains to be seen is if he can handle the switch to Third Base. If he can’t, coupled with a possibility of Joe Panik never reaching that 2014/2015 level again, could see him move to second base. Third seems the likely destination for him, and judging by his overall ability he should be able to handle it. I’d let Spring Training, and the first couple months in (presumably) Triple-A be the tell-all of whether or not he can handle the Hot Corner.
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His bat hasn’t shown much home run power, as it has consistent gap-to-gap power. But if he can show some of what we saw in San Jose in 2015, and in Spring Training last year, I think his bat will be just fine. He grades out as a solid pro.
As for his ETA in the big leagues? I think it’s still a bit up in the air. I’d like to see his progress this offseason first to give an official timing, but I doubt he’d be fully ready to take over in 3B or even 2B this season. Look more to 2017 for a significant ETA. With a lot of the middle infield depth they’ve accrued via Minor League Deals he could figure to be in the mix really only at 3B if injuries were to pile up. If he has a good season in Sacramento, you could expect to see him at the Roster Expansion date.
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