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Arroyo Hoping to Stay with San Francisco Giants

April was rough for the San Francisco Giants, producing a 9-17 record to begin the 2017 campaign. Uncertainty surrounded the bullpen after spring training. To make matters worse, injuries to position players kept the Giants from breaking camp in full health.

As a result, run production was stagnant throughout the Giants’ lineup which often led to wasted outings by the starting pitchers. Though signs of life occurred when the Giants appeared to flip the switch, production would immediately come to a halt the following game.

With injuries piling up and the offense going quiet, management needed to provide Bruce Bochy with a spark.

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In training camp, Christian Arroyo continued his hot trend from last season into spring training. Last season, Arroyo was considered when the rosters expanded but management elected to keep him in the minors. The Giants were in the hunt for the two wild-card spots despite a horrific second half to the season. Chances were Arroyo would not get a start and perhaps would have appeared as a pinch-hitter.

Arroyo had proved he was not ready to be an everyday starter for the Giants. A spot was unavailable for the Giants’ top prospect, and the minors were the best option to continue his development. His position is at shortstop, but Brandon Crawford occupies the spot.

As training camp progressed, Arroyo’s destination became evident when he would begin the season in Sacramento. In 2017, Arroyo continued his hot trend, hitting .446. The River Cats staged late-inning rallies to begin the season to either win the game or fall short at the end.

For Arroyo, he was not concerned about when he would get the call to join the Giants. His focus was the task at hand by helping his teammates in Sacramento win games.

Ranked near the bottom of the league in runs, San Francisco could not find consistency at the plate. With no other options, the hope was injecting new blood to provide a boost. Arroyo got promoted, and his debut came in the first series of the season against rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Third base is where Giants’ management wanted Arroyo to play with Crawford being the everyday starter at shortstop. Eduardo Núñez was playing at third, but Bochy has been placing players in positions with a little familiarity. In any case, no player will argue as winning is more important than a defensive position on the field.

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Down 3-0 against the Dodgers on a Wednesday night, Arroyo provided a much-needed jump to the Giants’ dugout. He hit his first career MLB home run, just clearing the wall in left-center field to bring the Giants within one. Hunter Pence eventually drove in the winning run in extra innings to give the Giants a 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

Do not expect Arroyo to be sent down anytime soon as his services are needed both offensively and defensively. Arroyo is still learning as evident in a few defensive mistakes which certainly led to a few talks in the dugout by the Giants’ coaches. Despite a slow start at the plate, Arroyo is adjusting each time and slowly improving his .278 average.

Drafted 25th overall in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Arroyo was still in high school when the Giants selected him. He attended Hernando High School in Brooksville, Florida and had a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Florida. Instead of choosing Florida, he opted to turn pro.

Now at a young age of 21, Arroyo is hoping to stick around with the Giants after going through the ranks of minor league baseball in the Giants’ farm system. Just as he did early in the season with the River Cats, Arroyo wants to help his teammates in San Francisco win games. He is certainly a cornerstone player for the Giants in the years to come.

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