Edwin Arroyo’s spring began as a member of the Seattle Mariners organization and he was about to begin his first full season as a professional. Seattle sent the then 18-year-old to join their team in Modesto. The season would have a few changes by the time it came to an end for the shortstop.
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The season got out to a bit of a slow start in the first two weeks for Edwin Arroyo. Over the first 11 games he hit .174/.283/.239. Things heated up from there, though. From April 23rd through July 28th he went out and hit .338/.401/.559 with 38 extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases in 77 games.
Two days later he was traded for by the Reds in a deal for Luis Castillo. After arriving in the Cincinnati organization he headed out to Arizona where he joined the ACL Reds for two days before moving on to join the Single-A Daytona Tortugas. Things got out to a slow start for Arroyo with Daytona, hitting just .175 in the first three weeks with the team. In the final two weeks he picked things up, going 12-40 (.300) to finish the season.
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Edwin Arroyo Scouting Report
Position: Shortstop | B/T: S/R
Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 175 lbs | Acquired: 2nd Round, 2021 Draft (Mariners), Trade (July 2022)
Born: August 25, 2003
Hitting | A switch hitter, Arroyo profiles better from the left side than the right side as a hitter. He’s got an average hit tool overall.
Power | From both sides of the plate Arroyo’s power is to his pull side. He’s got average to slightly above-average raw power.
Speed | Arroyo has above-average speed.
Defense | An above-average defender with good hands and footwork at shortstop.
Arm | He shows an above-average arm.
Offensively there’s nothing that truly jumps off of the page at you for Edwin Arroyo. He’s good across the board, with big league average hit and power tools. From the right side he’s shown more power as a pro – including a hilarious six doubles and four home runs on balls he hit to left field from the right side out of 19 batted balls to that part of the field in 2022. But with that power has come some swing-and-miss as he struck out 30% of the time from the right side of the plate this past year. From the left side he struck out just 21% of the time, but didn’t show quite as much power.
While he did play in the hitter friendly California League for much of his 2022 season, he played in the least hitter friendly ballpark in the league, particularly when it comes to power. Modesto, according to Baseball America’s 2022 park factors, had a HR park factor of 52 (!). The next “worst” in the league was 75. Two different parks in the league were over 140 and another two were 119 or higher. You can see that playing out in his splits, too. In 43 home games with Modesto he hit just one home run, while in 44 road games he hit 12. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle as to the kind of power he would have had in a more neutral situation during the year – but the California League just doesn’t provide those circumstances.
Defensively is where Edwin Arroyo can shine. He’s an athletic shortstop who can make the routine and exceptional play. He shows good range, good hands, and he’s got plenty of arm for the position – though the arm doesn’t stick out at shortstop where you need an above-average arm to play at the big league level.
Edwin Arroyo Spray Charts
As a left-handed hitter
As a right-handed hitter
Interesting Stat on Edwin Arroyo
After homering on June 23rd and then two days later on June 25th, Arroyo played in 53 games moving forward on the season and hit just two more home runs. He did have 12 doubles and 5 triples in those 53 games.