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San Francisco Giants 2017 Player Review: The Infielders

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Shortstop Brandon Crawford
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Shortstop Brandon Crawford
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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 01: Hunter Pence

Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones

C-. . 3B. San Francisco Giants. CHRISTIAN ARROYO

The top two picks of the 2013 draft ended up making their major league debuts in 2017 for the San Francisco Giants.

Highly touted prospect Arroyo was coming in with much more fanfare as he was hitting well over .400 in Triple-A when he got the call up and the Giants still felt they could salvage the season.

Arroyo started out with some memorable moments, including his first major league hit off of Clayton Kershaw. By May 10th, he was as important to the lineup as anyone.

As quickly as he caught fire and brought life into what seemed like a lifeless lineup seemed to flame out just as quickly, however.

Less than a month later, he was back in Triple-A. Less than two weeks later, Arroyo was out for the season with an injury.

2018 could be a special season for Arroyo, but it was clear that Arroyo could have done so much more in 2017 had he stayed healthy.

F. . 1B/3B. San Francisco Giants. RYDER JONES

Ryder Jones’ callup wasn’t nearly as anticipated or hopeful. By the time the team had released Hill and brought up Jones, the season was essentially over. Jones had been playing well in Triple-A and the team wanted to see what he could do at the Major League lever.

Jones struggled in 53 games and 153 at bats, finishing with a slashline .173/.244/.273 for an OPS of .517. He also ended with a WAR of -1.4, which was the worst on the team.

Jones will have to show a lot more in Spring if he wants to begin 2018 at the major league level.