Maybe the most least talked about prospect lately is former first round pick Christian Arroyo… yeah right!
The 21-year-old third baseman was recently called up to the big leagues this week and has given the Giants a shot in the arm. He got his first hit off Clayton Kershaw, hit a big home run to help beat the Dodgers and has been spectacular at third base.
Now looking back, the San Francisco Giants selected Arroyo with the 25th pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla.
The pick was a bit questionable at the time as many scouts thought the Giants reached to take Arroyo that early, but apparently they saw something special in this kid.
He hit .326 in 184 at-bats after getting drafted. Then in 2014 he hit .291 between Low-A and A-Ball.
Arroyo spent all of 2015 at High-A where he hit .304 with a .344 on-base-percentage and 10 home runs. That fall he hit .308 in the Arizona Fall League.
He played 119 games in Double-A last year and racked up 474 at-bats — the most in his career — hitting .274.
That was considered a down year for Arroyo who fell in the prospect rankings a bit. Before the 2016 season he was ranked as the 82nd best prospect by MLB.com, but he fell to 89 before this season.
After hitting .446 in 65 at-bats for Triple-A to start 2017, the Giants were forced to call him up.
I don’t know whether or not Arroyo is up for good, but I like what I’ve seen so far. I don’t think this kid will be a superstar by any means, but he does the things you have to do in order to win.