Down on the Farm: Giants Christian Arroyo Gets the Call

San Francisco Giants Christian Arroyo

The San Francisco Giants called up shortstop Christian Arroyo from AAA Sacramento on Monday. The offense was in need of some serious help and the organization felt like he could contribute. The right hander was hitting an impressive .446 through his 16 games with the Sacramento Rivercats, the clubs AAA affiliate. It was a small sample size, but they saw enough to make the call. Arroyo will be playing third base for the club with All-Star Brandon Crawford having short stop on lock for the foreseeable future. The question however is not how he will help the Giants but how he can impact your fantasy baseball team.

His biggest strength is his batting average. Arroyo has hit through all levels of the minor leagues. Unfortunately for fantasy owners there isn’t a ton else that comes along with that average. Stolen bases have never been his thing. The most he has produced in one season is six. Thats not to say Arroyo isn’t capable, if manager Bruce Bochy lets him go double digit steals the rest of the season is definitely possible.

Power is another department where Arroyo is lacking, never hitting more than 9 at any level. That likely would have changed in the home run happy pacific coast league. He had three home runs through 69 plate appearances with Sacramento. A pace that would have seen him end around 20 had he got 500 plus at bats. I wouldn’t expect to see many home runs with the big league club especially playing half his games in power sapping AT&T Park.

With Arroyo in town, Eduardo Nunez has made the switch to left field. He should add that eligibility very soon. He already has SS and 3B.  A player that can run the way he does and can be slotted in a variety of places on increases his value especially in daily formats.

Arroyo on the other is likely someone to avoid in most formats. If you are in need of some batting average to make up for power hitting average killers he is not a terrible option. He has shortstop eligibility and makes more sense as a MI option. He should have 3B eligibility as well after 5-10 games most leagues require.

I do worry about his walk rate or lack their off. He wont give you a huge boost in OBP leagues without the walks which hurts his potential. Typically high batting average guys take a ton of walks. Major league arms will take advantage of young players and force them to extend their strike zone.

If you are in dynasty or keeper formats he may be worth a gamble if he is not already owned. While power and speed have not been a huge part of his game thus far there is still developmental potential. He will turn just 22 at the end of May. This has the potential to be a temporary stay so owners will want to be aware. The Giants are dealing with a multitude of injuries including Denard Span and Jarrett Parker. If Span returns and Arroyo has not be proving himself at the plate, the organization may feel more time in the minors is necessary.

At this point keep Arroyo on your watch list and be ready to pounce if it looks like he heating up. He went 0-4 with a strikeout in his first game. There will be better times ahead but he is a rookie who will have growing pains. If you haven’t been hit with the DL Armageddon and have an extra spot on your roster you can add Arroyo just in case, but don’t expect Trea Turner 2.0.

 

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