SAN FRANCISCO — Christian Arroyo, the highly touted Giants prospect, is off to a torrid start at Triple-A Sacramento.
Arroyo’s hot streak has the attention of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who said it’s a great confidence boost for the youngster. Bochy added that it gives big league club some peace of mind, too.
“This kid is knocking on the door now,” Bochy said Saturday before the Giants played the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. “If anything happens, we have somebody ready.”
Arroyo, the 21-year-old infielder, has a slash line of .467 / .500 / .667 through his first eight games for the River Cats. Arroyo went 3 for 3 on Friday night, contributing to Sacramento’s 12-10 road victory over Salt Lake City.
The 2013 first-rounder is listed as a shortstop but is also spending some time at second and third. He told Michael Leboff of MiLB.com on Friday that he’s willing to do whatever’s asked.
“It’s something I’m used to by now. Being versatile is a huge thing for the Giants and they do a great job of valuing and developing their players,” Arroyo told MiLB.com. “They want to make sure we are ready to play a bunch of different positions in the majors, which is important because sometimes people don’t realize just how much goes into playing defense.”
Bochy said Saturday that he’s most impressed by Arroyo’s ability to adjust quickly during his debut season at the Triple-A level.
“You’re battling the unknown. How good is this pitching going to be? Can I handle this?” Bochy said. “I mean, I don’t think any self-doubt ever crept into this guy’s head. … But this start just builds his confidence.”
— Brandon Belt got a scheduled day off, his first of the season. Conor Gillaspie started at first base.
– Bochy said catcher Buster Posey (concussion symptoms) “looked great, felt great” while taking swings Saturday. All signs point toward Posey being activated Tuesday.
— This marked the 70-year anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier. As part of an annual tradition, all players wore Robinson’s jersey as a salute to No. 42. “It’s just a day when all of us have a chance to say thanks and honor this man,” Bochy said.