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August 7, 2013

Minor League Update

First Round Selections: National League

by Zach Mortimer


Position Players

Christian Arroyo, SS, Giants (AZL Giants): .275/.349/.431 with 10 2B, 2 2B, 1 HR, 26 R, 23 RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 14 BB, and 19 K in 109 at-bats.

The Giants signed Arroyo for $1,866,500. They believe Arroyo can stay at shortstop, but some in the industry have questions about his ability to stick there. Offensively, Arroyo displays solid bat-to-ball ability, but has limited power potential. Arroyo is an average runner who will get by on his instincts rather than blazing speed. Overall, some believed that Arroyo was an overdraft, but the Giants have selected players who did not fit the mold and have turned them into useful assets.

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Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Short-Season Boise): .278/.352/.583 with 6 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 R, 13 RBI, 0 SB, 0 CS, 4 BB, and 15 K in 54 at-bats.

The Cubs selected Bryant second overall and paid him $6.7 million. Bryant shows top-of-the-scale raw power and plenty of arm strength. He made changes to his swing mechanics in 2013 and hit more home runs than many Div. I teams. The Cubs have a fully stocked infield, and Bryant may ultimately end up in right field. The Cubs paid big-time money for Bryant, and he has the potential to hit in the middle of their lineup for years to come.

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