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Christian Arroyo probably isn’t how the Giants will fix left field

April 20th, 2017 at 3:09 PM
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Christian Arroyo is hitting .479/.510/.750. That is … good. Dare I say it’s really, really good? It would be good if you pretended the batting average and on-base percentage were his on-base percentage and slugging percentage, then slapped a “.250″ in front of it. He is a fine prospect, and he’s off to a ludicrous start to the 2017 season.

He’s probably not going to fix the Giants, though. Not yet. Someday, perhaps, but not yet.

Let’s start with what Arroyo is: a young, talented baseball player with oodles of potential. He can play all over the infield, and he’s a career .300 hitter as a professional, with plenty of doubles. He isn’t even 22 yet, which means he’s young for Triple-A, just like he’s been young for every league he’s played in so far.

There’s a part of me that thinks if Arroyo hit .300/.400/.500 in the South Atlantic League last year, with a call-up to San Jose toward the end of the year, he would have been a much hotter prospect for a lot of the national writers. We all know to adjust for age, but we’re also suckers for sweet, sweet stats.

So please, don’t take this as me pooh-poohing what Arroyo has done in the past, what he’s doing right now, or what he will do in the future. I’m a fan. Everyone raves about his baseball instincts, and, Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. In 10 years, we will look back at this post and marvel at its naïveté. Remember when we weren’t sure what to think about Arroyo? Dude has 3,000 career hits now.

But we’re here talking about the 2017 Giants, and I’m skeptical that Arroyo would be a slam-dunk (baseball term) guarantee to help the lineup as currently constructed. The …

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