Christian Arroyo, the Giants top prospect, was called up to the big leagues Monday as part of a roster shakeup by San Francisco.
The first challenge faced by the 21-year-old? Convincing his mom that he wasn’t joking around.
“She didn’t believe me,” Arroyo said upon arriving at AT&T Park. “It took her about a solid 5 minutes. She kept saying, ‘No, you’re lying, you’re lying, you’re lying.”
Now, he’ll try to give Giants fans a reason to believe, too. Arroyo, who was batting .446 with three home runs for Triple-A Sacramento, was the starting third baseman Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was in the lineup batting sixth.
At the time of his call-up, Arroyo was leading the Pacific Coast League with 29 hits. His .478 on-base percentage ranked third and his .692 slugging percentage ranked fourth.
Arroyo was as surprised as anyone by his whirlwind day. He was gearing up for a 7 p.m. in Sacramento when he got tapped for a promotion at about 1:30 p.m.
“I came out of the office and all my teammates were congratulating me,” he said. “Actually, I cried a little bit and then I called my mom.”
His mother, Kim Drummond, lives in Florida but the Giants have arranged to whisk her out for Tuesday’s game. Arroyo said his mom called to tell him that about 1.5 hours after he broke the news “and she was still crying,” he joked. “I’m still she’s still crying now.”
Primarily a shortstop, Arroyo said he’s moved around the diamond enough to feel comfortable wherever the Giants put him. He said he spent the second half of his Double-A Richmond season at third base and feels fine there.
“I just try to go out there and help my team win and do what I do best,” he said. “That’s just play baseball hard and play it the right way.”
San Francisco, mired in last place in the NL West with a 6-13 record, also called out outfielder Drew Stubbs and made room for Arroyo and Stubbs by designating outfielder Chris Marrero for assignment and placing Aaron Hill on the disabled list with a strained right forearm.
Arroyo was drafted 23rd overall as a shortstop in the 2013 draft, but with All-Star Brandon Crawford at short, Arroyo will get a chance to be the everyday third baseman. Eduardo Nunez will move to left field.
Stubbs, 32, has played all three outfield positions during his eight-year major league career, which began in Colorado.
Marrero, who led the Giants with eight home runs in spring training, hit just .132 with one home run since the season began. He said he would report to Sacramento if he clears waivers and work to get back to the major league club.
— Daniel Brown (@mercbrownie) April 25, 2017