Giants’ Christian Arroyo: next piece of homegrown infield?

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March 16, 2017 - 6:43pm
Giants’ Christian Arroyo: next piece of homegrown infield? Last summer, they traded for Eduardo Nuñez, who played mostly shortstop during his career but played third after Duffy was traded to Tampa Bay. Heck, even Buster Posey played shortstop in college. No wonder the Giants’ top hitting prospect is a shortstop. Not that Christian Arroyo is targeted to play the position in the big leagues, not with Mr. Crawford in the house. “For me, they stressed the value of versatility,” Arroyo said at his Scottsdale Stadium locker. Arroyo was the Giants’ top draft pick in 2013 - he was salutatorian at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla. -- and he signed after turning down a scholarship from Florida, where he would have studied architectural engineering. Unlike Duffy, Arroyo’s good friend who predominately played short in the minors, Arroyo already is moving around the infield. Meantime, Arroyo will be one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League as he was in the Eastern League last year when he hit .274 with a .316 on-base percentage, three homers and 49 RBIs. “The front office guys were telling me power is the last tool to come for a high school guy and not to worry about it, just stay with my approach,” Arroyo said. Evans didn’t rule out Arroyo playing in San Francisco this year, under the right circumstances, but the emphasis is succeeding at the Triple-A level.

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