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February 28, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Christian Arroyo (82) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
February 28, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Christian Arroyo (82) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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February 28, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Christian Arroyo (82) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
February 28, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Christian Arroyo (82) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Christian Arroyo INF

One of the organization’s most highly touted prospects, the San Francisco Giants surprised most of the MLB draft experts at the time by selecting Arroyo 25th overall in the 2013 draft. However, the Giants scouts saw his upside and his potential, which has paid off thus far.

Arroyo found immediate success offensively in the Arizona Fall League upon being drafted. In his first taste of professional baseball Arroyo hit .326 with an OBP of .388, 2 home runs and 39 RBI. Those numbers would earn Arroyo the MVP award of the Arizona Fall League for 2013.

Arroyo began the 2014 season in Lower Single-A Augusta, where he struggled mightily on the offensive end. In 31 games, Arroyo hit .203, had an OBP of .226, 1 home run, and 14 RBI. He also struck out 22 times in 184 at-bats before a thumb injury sent him to the disabled list.

Upon returning from his injury, Arroyo was sent down to short season Salem-Keizer, where he would finish the year. His demotion proved beneficial as he was able to work on his mechanics and finished the 2014 season with a line of .333/.378/.469. He also hit 5 home runs and had 48 RBI.

Then 2015 was another successful year for Arroyo at the plate. Playing in his first season at Advanced Single-A San Jose, Arroyo had a line of .304/.344/.459, 9 home runs and 42 RBI.

In 2016, Arroyo was promoted to Double-A Richmond where he played the entire season. Although he did not have a down year, it was a little disappointing to see his numbers regress.

He owned a line of .274/.316/.373, and his power numbers were way down. A year after hitting 9 home runs, he only managed to hit 3 in 119 games during the 2016 season.

Despite the drop-off in numbers, there is still plenty to be excited about with Arroyo. He is currently the second ranked prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization after being their number one prospect the previous two seasons.

He is also the 89th ranked prospect heading into 2017, according to MLB.com. He is decent with the glove and has spent time at second base, shortstop, and third base.

In 384.1 innings at second base he has a fielding percentage of .990, at third base a fielding percentage of .926 in 425 innings, and a fielding percentage of .961 in 2,085.2 innings at shortstop.

Despite being drafted and playing a bulk of the innings at shortstop, Arroyo will most likely be the future third baseman for the Giants, which is where he primarily played this spring training.

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