After missing nearly all of the 2014 season with a broken bone in his leg after sliding awkwardly into third base in April, Junior Arias began the 2015 season in extended spring training and missed the first month of this season as well.
Arias is one of the toolsiest prospect in the entire system when he’s healthy. He’s got speed rivals nearly anyone in minor league baseball, is a strong defender in center field, has a big arm and some power at the plate. He’s struggled with his plate discipline throughout his career, having issues distinguishing between pitches and leading to him expanding the strikezone often. That’s held back his ability to get the most out his hit tools.
In 2013, when he was last healthy, he stole 60 bases and hit 15 home runs in 125 games. With his array of tools, if he can improve his pitch recognition skills he could really blossom into a high ranking prospect.
Where the 23-year-old fits into the Daytona outfield is uncertain. Will be split some time in center and the corners along with Phillip Ervin? Will he remain in center full time, where he’s been since transitioning to the outfield (he’s played four games in right and 120 in center).