When Cincinnati traded for Edwin Arroyo in 2022 at the trade deadline he was just one of several players – albeit a very good one – in the deal. Two of the four players in that deal have already reached the big leagues (Noelvi Marte, Levi Stoudt), but at the time of the deal Arroyo was just 18-years-old and still in the lower levels of the minor leagues.
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When the 2023 season began the Reds sent Edwin Arroyo out to join the Dayton Dragons in High-A’s Midwest League. The season got out to a bit of a slow start for Arroyo as he hit .257/.316/.400 in the first nine games of the year, but that also included him missing 10 days in the middle of that time. But he went into a big slump in the two weeks that followed that, going 3-43 (.070) with just one walk. That left him with an OPS of just .476 through the first 20 games of his season.
He picked things up a little bit after that, posting a .705 OPS in the final 17 games of May. But he really picked things up when June rolled around. He found consistency from that point forward, posting an OPS between .817 and .862 over the next three months for Dayton. His walk rate improved and his strikeout rate dropped off, too.
When the Dayton regular season came to an end, the Reds sent Arroyo up to Double-A to join Chattanooga for the final week of the season. He played in four games that week before the playoffs began. He hit .320 with the Lookouts between that final week of the regular season and the playoffs.
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Edwin Arroyo Scouting Report
Position: Shortstop | B/T: S/R
Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 175 lbs. | Acquired: Trade (Mariners, 2022), 2nd Round (2021 Draft) | Born: August 25, 2003
Hitting | He has an above-average hit tool, but he projects as a better hitter for average from the left side than he does from the right side.
Power | He has average to slightly above-average raw power.
Speed | Arroyo shows above-average speed.
Defense | He has plus defense at a premium position.
Arm | He has an above-average arm.
Before the draft the scouting report on Edwin Arroyo was that he was far better with his glove than he was with his bat. It’s possible that there was just a lot of emphasis on how good his defense was, but since becoming a professional he’s hit quite well and that’s before you adjust for the fact that he’s been incredibly young for the level he’s been playing at.
With that said, the scouting report still begins with his defense. He’s a plus defender who can be a difference at shortstop. Arroyo can make all of the plays, showing off range, athleticism, great hands, and arm strength.
His bat isn’t quite as good as his glove is, but that’s more about just how good his defense actually is. At the plate he’s got a chance to hit for both average and for power. While neither of those appear to be elite skills for him in the future, he has a chance to be one of the better hitting shortstops in the future.
With just over a week’s worth of time in the upper levels, Arroyo is still going to have to prove that he can keep hitting against more advanced pitching. He’ll be 20-years-old for almost all of the 2024 season, but with a strong year he could be knocking on the door of the big leagues before the season comes to an end.
Edwin Arroyo Spray Charts
As a left-handed hitter
As a right-handed hitter
Interesting Stat on Edwin Arroyo
His 1.000 isolated power to the pull side as a right-handed hitter was the highest mark among the Reds top 25 prospects. Only one other prospect in the top 25 even topped the .900 mark.