This may sound crazy considering their recent championship success, but San Francisco Giants fans are in desperate need of good news these days. Ace Madison Bumgarner is out for a while after wrecking his shoulder, while the team is dead last in the NL West with a 7-13 record — you know, #OddYear Giants stuff.
However, there was some positive energy at AT&T Park Monday as their top prospect Christian Arroyo made his debut against the Dodgers. He went 0-4, but has a glowing scouting report that should excite (via Minor League Ball):
1) Christian Arroyo, INF, Grade B+/B: Age 21, first round pick in 2013; hit .274/.316/.373 with 36 doubles, three homers, 29 walks, 72 strikeouts in 474 at-bats in Double-A; draws constant praise for swing mechanics, doubles power, and general heady play; hit .315/.348/.438 on the road last year, just .224/.278/.294 in difficult home park; long-term should be a .280ish hitter with doubles power; aggressive and could stand to draw more walks but he makes hard contact on pitches other hitters miss; arm and range fit better at third base than shortstop, has also played well in limited looks at second base; ETA 2018.
Bad news for Bay Area jersey chasers: Christian is already taken by Jessica Handler. She attended the University of South Florida and was a member of the cheerleading team.