San Franciso Giants Take Shortstop Christian Arroyo with First Draft Pick
The San Francisco Giants confounded those who expected them to draft a pitcher with their first pick, the 25th of the First Round, and instead selected high school shortstop Christian Arroyo. Arroyo is listed by MLB.com as 5’11” and 185 pounds. He was the starting shortstop on Team USA’s 18 and under squad in last summer’s world championships played in South Korea, hitting .341 for the Gold Medal winning team.
The Giants usually like toolsy position players, but according to MLB.com, Arroyo does not stand out for his tools but rather for his instincts and an apparent ability to rise to the occasion. He doesn’t have much power and isn’t projected to develop much more, but he makes good contact and covers the plate well.
MLB.com describes Arroyo’s range at shortstop as “solid,” although some opine that he won’t remain at shortstop and may even end up at catcher. Baseball America ranked Arroyo as only the 102nd best prospect in this year’s draft, ESPN’s Keith Law had him at 99th and MLB.com didn’t have him in their top 100, so assumably Giants’ scouts saw something that others didn’t.
Arroyo has committed to play college ball for Florida, and it remains to be seen whether the Giants give him an offer high enough to make him forgo college, given that the early speculation is the Giants expect Arroyo to sign for less than slot money, freeing up additional funds to sign later picks. On the other hand, the Giants may well already have an agreement with Arroyo on the amount of a signing bonus.
In selecting Arroyo, the Giants passed on college pitchers Ryne Stanek of Arkansas, who was projected to go in the top 20 in the mock drafts I saw but fell to the Rays at 29th, and Bobby Wahl of Mississippi, whom at least one mock draft had the Giants selecting. The Giants also passed on local boy, high school left-hander Matt Krook, who pitched at St. Ignatius College Prep out in the Avenues. The Marlins just selected Krook with the 35th pick as I write this.