Boston Red Sox: Christian Arroyo Proving to be a Steal for Chaim Bloom, His Path to Professional Baseball Similar for Top-Prospect


When the San Francisco Giants drafted Christian Arroyo in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft, the selection was looked at as a surprise.  Experts at the time did not have Arroyo ranked in the top 100 prospects. 

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Prior to Arroyo being drafted, Baseball America, ranked him No. 102.  He was the third position player selected in four seasons for the Giants.  Arroyo would spend time in Tampa Bay when he was part of the deal that sent Evan Longoria to the Giants.  At the time of the deal, Arroyo was the No. 1 prospect in the Giants system. 

Arroyo switched uniforms for the third time when he was traded to the Indians. 

Fast forward to last year’s draft the Red Sox selected Nick Yorke in the first-round out of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California.  Boston selected Yorke with the 17th overall pick, which experts thought the Red Sox reached for the second baseman. 

Photo courtesy of the Boston Herald

Yorke was ranked as the No. 96 draft-eligible prospect prior to being selected last year.  Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom explained why he selected Yorke while on prior to the start of the season. 

“We knew that it would come with some blowback because Nick wasn’t a hyped player,” Bloom said.  “We also had a lot of belief in the player and there was also belief that if we had had a normal spring, he would have been seen.  A lot of things kind of conspired with him having been hurt the year before and not having played the infield the year before.  And if you weren’t there really all over him those first few weekends, you did not have enough information on Nick Yorke to really think anything about him.”

The similarities in how the two have made into professional baseball are somewhat the same.  Bloom has always been impressed with Arroyo even back to their days in Tampa.  This spring Bloom had some positive things to say about the 25-year-old infielder. 

“He looks, to me, better than at any point that we had him when I was with the Rays,” Bloom told WEEI’s Will Flemming and Rob Bradford this spring.  “Body-wise, he came in looking good.  And I’ve seen him — whether it was last year or this spring — drive pitches that I didn’t see him drive in the past and just hit them harder.”

Prior to the start of the season, Arroyo added 15 pounds, which turned heads before the start of the season.  His new look and athleticism has helped him this season, in 12 games he is hitting .316 with three RBI’s and six doubles. 

Arroyo has begun to prove the doubters wrong this season as he’s begun to being value to Boston.  “We’re very comfortable with what he can do,” said Manager Alex Cora this spring.  “He can play second, he can play short, he can play third.  The other day he went to first base coach and outfield instructor Tom Goodwin and he wanted to start working in left field, which is great,” added Cora. 

The Red Sox are hoping Arroyo is starting to settle in with Boston and find a home here.  In a few years, fans will get to lay their eyes on Yorke playing in front of them at Fenway Park.  Arroyo is finally getting his shot, Yorke is just starting to lay the foundation for his in a few years.  Bloom has an eye for talent, and each time this Red Sox team gets a win, fans might finally be starting to see that. 

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