Christian Arroyo
Christian Arroyo
24-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Arroyo is now with his third club in three years, and is out of options, so will have to make the roster in order to keep his job. Ironically, he's in the spot that Gio Urshela once owned in Cleveland until he was sent away because he was more glove than bat. Arroyo is a former top-100 real-life prospect with a good hit tool and enough arm to handle shortstop and third base, but has done very little at the major-league level. Last season was a lost year, as Arroyo missed a significant chunk of time with an elbow injury. He was having a big year at the plate in Durham with the livelier baseball before the injury shut ended his season. The Rays shipped him to Cleveland near the deadline for international signing money and a minor-league outfielder. Arroyo would serve as a backup infielder, and could occupy the short side of a second-base platoon with Mike Freeman if the Indians do not upgrade that position. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in March of 2019. Traded to the Indians in July of 2019.
Strong showing in spring training
3BCleveland Indians
March 23, 2020
Arroyo slashed .368/.478/.526 with a solo home run and four runs scored across 10 games in spring training.
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Arroyo went 7-for-19 at the dish over that stretch, registering six singles to go along with a solo homer. According to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com, whenever play does resume, it'll mark a key spot for Arroyo's career in Cleveland, as the 25-year-old is out of options. He'll need to continue seeing the ball well at the dish to secure a spot on the 26-man roster. Mike Freeman is his top competition for the utility infielder spot.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .618 110 8 2 7 0 .240 .282 .337
Since 2017vs Right .625 141 14 4 20 1 .194 .279 .347
2019vs Left .601 28 2 0 1 0 .240 .321 .280
2019vs Right .766 29 6 2 6 0 .200 .286 .480
2018vs Left .729 30 2 1 1 0 .250 .300 .429
2018vs Right .739 29 3 0 5 0 .280 .379 .360
2017vs Left .564 52 4 1 5 0 .235 .250 .314
2017vs Right .538 83 5 2 9 1 .162 .241 .297
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+130%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .683 117 12 5 15 1 .231 .276 .407
Since 2017Away .567 134 10 1 12 0 .200 .284 .283
2019Home .986 25 6 2 6 0 .304 .333 .652
2019Away .429 32 2 0 1 0 .148 .281 .148
2018Home .875 24 3 1 4 0 .318 .375 .500
2018Away .637 35 2 0 2 0 .226 .314 .323
2017Home .506 68 3 2 5 1 .175 .221 .286
2017Away .591 67 6 1 9 0 .210 .269 .323
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Stat Review
How does Christian Arroyo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.28
 
BB Rate
8.8%
 
K Rate
31.6%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.160
 
AVG
.220
 
OBP
.304
 
SLG
.380
 
OPS
.684
 
wOBA
.306
 
Exit Velocity
84.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.3%
 
Barrels/PA
3.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Arroyo was acquired by the Rays prior to the 2018 season in the deal that sent Evan Longoria to the Giants. His first year with Tampa Bay was derailed by heath issues, as Arroyo appeared in just 68 games between the majors and minors due to a trio of injuries (calf and oblique strains followed by a concussion). While Arroyo was better than league average at the dish during his brief stint with the big club (106 wRC+), slashing .264/.339/.396 in 20 games, he struck out in an unsightly 27.1% of his plate appearances and benefited from a .361 BABIP, so it's difficult to read too much into the small-sample success. He struggled to a .235/.286/.341 line in 46 games with Triple-A Durham. Seeing as the Rays have better internal options across the infield, Arroyo seems likely to open the year back on the farm or in a utility role. Even if injuries pave the way to regular playing time, he doesn't offer any noteworthy speed or pop.
Arroyo was the best prospect the Rays could get back in an Evan Longoria trade, even with Tampa Bay taking back Denard Span's dead money and covering some of the remaining dollars on Longoria's deal. That's not to say Arroyo doesn't bring anything to the table, it's just that Longoria's bad contract prevented the Rays from getting a fair talent-for-talent package. The 22-year-old infielder is best suited for second base or third base, even though his bat is a little light for both positions. He may have a plus hit tool, but he is a below-average runner and has below-average power. Arroyo was incredibly lucky at Triple-A (.427 BABIP) and similarly unlucky in the majors (.231 BABIP), so it's hard to read too much into his statistical lines at either stop. He appears poised to compete for the second base job in spring training, as the Rays have better internal options at shortstop and third base. Given his limited upside, he should go undrafted in most mixed leagues.
Arroyo, one of the Giants' top prospects, had a down year with Double-A Richmond in 2016. To be fair, the reduced production may be a byproduct of the poor hitting conditions in Richmond -- Arroyo had a dramatic home and road splits (.224/.278/.294 at home compared to .315/.348/.438 on the road). The Giants continued to keep him primarily at shortstop despite the team's glaring need for a third baseman. Arroyo will likely transition more to third base in 2017 in order to prep for his eventual call to the majors. While Arroyo probably won't provide enough in the power department to warrant immediate fantasy consideration at third base, his contact skills alone could eventually thrust Arroyo into NL-only prominence.
The 2013 first-rounder had his best season in the minors this past year, slashing .304/.344/.459 in 409 plate appearances with High-A San Jose. Arroyo — who was drafted out of high school — continues to steadily improve, adding power (which carried over to the Arizona Fall League) while maintaining a strikeout rate under 18 percent. He should make the jump to Double-A Richmond or even Triple-A Sacramento in 2016. With the Giants being set at shortstop and second base at the major league level, it may be tempting to downgrade Arroyo out of fear that he will be blocked when he is ready, but he is still too far for dynasty league owners to think like that. He lacks the superstar offensive ceiling of some of the more highly touted minor league shortstops, but there is value in a player with Arroyo's relatively high floor.
The Giants selected Arroyo with the 25th pick of the 2013 draft and he went on to excel in the rookie league, winning the league MVP award to the tune of a .326/.388/.511 line in 209 plate appearances. The Giants received a bit of criticism for taking Arroyo a round or two before he was projected to go, but the team saw something in the 18-year-old that others did not. Despite his young age, Arroyo brings a mature approach to the plate; he doesn't try to do more than is asked of him, and that mindset has made him a difficult out in his early years. He has a level swing with gap power, but doesn't project to be a legitimate basestealer in the majors. Arroyo is still a few years away from sniffing the majors, but he is definitely a prospect to consider or at least track in dynasty leagues for 2014.
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In lineup for spring opener
3BCleveland Indians
February 22, 2020
Arroyo (elbow) is in the Indians' lineup for Sunday's spring opener against the Royals.
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Sent to Cleveland
3BCleveland Indians
Elbow
July 28, 2019
Arroyo (elbow) and Hunter Wood were traded from the Rays to the Indians on Sunday in exchange for Ruben Cardenas and international signing money, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Transferred to 60-day IL
3BTampa Bay Rays
Elbow
July 13, 2019
Arroyo (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Actually headed to IL
3BTampa Bay Rays
Elbow
June 13, 2019
Contrary to previous reports, Arroyo was not optioned to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday; he was placed on the 10-day injured list with an elbow injury, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
3BTampa Bay Rays
June 12, 2019
Arroyo was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's loss to the Athletics, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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