Player: Christian Arroyo
Drafted by: San Francisco Giants (No. 25 Overall)
DOB: 5/30/1995 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6'1"/175 lbs
School: Hernando HS (Brooksville, Fla.)
College Commitment: Florida
The San Francisco Giants made Christian Arroyo the biggest surprise of the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by taking him at No. 25 overall; many experts didn't even have him ranked in the top 100 prospects.
Arroyo isn't the most talented player in the draft, but the Giants saw something in him. The infielder started to receive some buzz as the draft got closer, but it's still a surprise to see him drafted in the first round.
The infielder has already committed to the University of Florida, so he has a decision to make. He can sign with the Giants or try to improve his draft position by going to college.
San Francisco has now drafted a position player with its first pick in three of the last four drafts. Now the team will need to find a spot for the infielder to play.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Arroyo's numbers were good—but that's high school. Going to the minor leagues won't be an easy transition at the plate. His .524/.580/1.019 line is nice and balanced, but his hitting needs work.
His batting stance needs some work as he moves his body around too soon; good bat speed; quick hands; doesn't stay balanced throughout his swing.
Arroyo did manage to club 11 homers and add 13 doubles in his senior season. Not staggering numbers, but it should translate well to the minors as he continues to develop. Once he gets a consistent swing and works out his mechanics, Arroyo should begin to hit for better power.
Plate Discipline: 40/50
This area is tough to judge in high school, but he showed good balance at the plate. He struck out only 10 times in 30 games and added 10 walks. It looks like he has a good idea of the strike zone so far, and he will get better as he adjusts to life as a professional. He won't be great at the plate, but he also doesn't throw at-bats away.
One of the biggest concerns for Arroyo is his lack of speed. He isn't the quickest guy and won't improve much over his career. Scouts don't see him staying at shortstop, partly because of his lack of speed. He won't be a threat on the bases, another area where his lack of speed is a knock against him.
Arroyo's defense is a big question mark. He doesn't have a set position right now. He grew up playing shortstop, but he will likely shift over to second or perhaps third. Until he finds a position and sticks, his defense will be something to keep an eye on. However, he will improve as he gets more familiar with the new position.
His overall defense may not be great, but he still has a strong arm. It's the type of arm that has some people wondering if he will switch over to third or even play catcher. Arroyo's arm is arguably one his best skills, and he needs to use it wherever he ends up.
MLB Player Comparison: Jhonny Peralta
Projection: Average hitter with above-average power. Average defender with a strong arm. Starter for a team but not an all-star.
MLB ETA: 2018
Chances of Signing: 65%
Based on where he was drafted, Arroyo should sign with the Giants. He probably won't improve his skills enough to be drafted much higher if he ends up playing for the Gators.
However, he could use the time in college to find a position to play and improve at the plate. His offense is ready for the lower levels, and he would take a while to move up through the system.
Arroyo is an interesting player to watch. At No. 25, he was drafted way ahead of what many expected, which could lead to him signing with the Giants. He could decide to improve against college pitchers and re-enter the draft in a few years.
*All stats are from MaxPreps.com