Like many young boys, Christian Arroyo grew up loving baseball, dreaming of playing professionally and winning championship games. Although most boys never get to see this dream come true, Arroyo is making this dream his reality. The 6’1″ shortstop is flourishing in the San Francisco Giants organization and is making his mark in the Minor League system.
Arroyo is coming off of a noteworthy off-season winning the Arizona Fall League Championship with the Scottsdale Scorpions followed up by an invitation to this year’s Big League Spring Training camp with the Giants.
Arroyo attributes his success thus far to working tirelessly and the past experiences he has had working with Major League players. “Many of the Major League guys that I have played with have had such an amazing impact on me. Working with guys like Duffy, Panik and Crawford has really taught me how to be patient, persistent and to never stop working hard,” Arroyo said.
That hard work is continuing to pay off and it showed during the AFL Championship game in November. Arroyo made a webgem worthy final out of the game to defeat the Surprise Saguaros 6-4 in dramatic fashion to win the AFL Championship game.
Aledmys Diaz, of the St. Louis Cardinals, was up to bat for the Surprise Saguaros with two strikes and two outs when he hit a foul ball near the third-base line. Three players charged after the ball but with Arroyo’s incredible speed, he outran them all and made a phenomenal sliding catch behind his head to make the final out of the championship game.
“Playing in the Fall League was such a great experience for me,” Arroyo said. “I was playing against a lot of really good competition and that has really helped me.”
Arroyo said he hopes to have the opportunity to continue to play baseball and to remain healthy along the way.
“This has been an unbelievable and euphoric experience playing with the Giants and I hope to make it to the big leagues. I am grateful to be playing with the Giants and I hope my hard work will take me far,” Arroyo said.