Christian Arroyo in the Orange and Black?
He's only 20. Here's part ...
San Francisco's No. 1 selection (25th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft, Arroyo already has demonstrated the potential to hit capably. Consistency has been the 20-year-old's hallmark. He batted .304 for San Jose last year and owns a .303 lifetime Minor League average. Those numbers are comparable with the .308 figure Arroyo posted this offseason for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, which named him to its All-Prospect Team.
Nava said that Arroyo feels comfortable with his burgeoning skill.
"The swagger is impressive," Nava said. "He's not afraid of anything. He knows he's good."
As Nava related, Arroyo expects to excel. Arroyo took a .322 batting average into last August, but he hit .272 for the remainder of the season while striving to contribute to San Jose's postseason bid.
"I think he was trying to carry the team on his shoulders," Nava said. "He started putting pressure on himself a lot. So we had a conversation to get him back in 'relax' mode, let things happen and focus on the things in front of you."
The Giants are focused on Arroyo's potential.
"The better pitchers he faces, [the more he] raises the bar for himself," Nava said. "He's starting to know his swing better. He's starting to recognize his hitting flaws, like right away. So he's able to make the adjustment needed."