Thursday’s Draft has finally come, and the Giants have selected shortstop Christian Arroyo with their first pick of the Draft, whom scouts say profile best as a catcher, per MLB Network.
Christian Arroyo’s scouting report from Keith Law, because I don’t have access to other reports:
“Arroyo has received some late-spring buzz as a potential first-round pick, although his offensive upside is somewhat limited and he’s not going to stay at shortstop.
At the plate, he overstrides and shifts his hips early, keeping his hands back and making up for some mechanical inconsistencies with quick hands and good bat speed.”
Arroyo was ranked near the #100 mark of most lists I could see, with him being at #102 overall for Baseball America, and #99 for Keith Law’s list. There is no doubt the Giants will save money with this pick, but it’s a wonder who will fall to them in #64. I am not going to say this is a “bad pick,” because I haven’t done the scouting, but I would not be surprised to see evaluators call this pick a “reach.” We’ll see what the front office has to say about the pick of Arroyo, and I have no doubt they are happy with nabbing Arroyo.
The Giants have ten picks within the first ten rounds and have $4,712,200 total budgeted for them for these rounds.
Last year, with the 20th overall pick, the Giants picked Chris Stratton, whom is pitching in Low-A Augusta right now.
As for division rivals, the Rockies selected RHP Jonathan Gray 3rd overall, Padres OF Hunter Renfroe (13th), D-Backs RHP Braden Shipley (15th), and Dodgers RHP Chris Anderson (18th). The Padres, Rockies, and Diamondbacks have two more picks today, while the Dodgers and Giants have one each left for the day.