The San Francisco Giants are in the middle of their worst 19-game start franchise history at 6-13, tying a record that was last met in 1983 (per Hank Schulman in today's Chronicle). Madison Bumgarner is out for the foreseeable future, left field is a hot mess, and what was supposed to be the team's calling card, their starting pitching, ranks dead last in ERA.
Something had to be done to buy a few days of good press.
The move that the front office settled upon was calling up their number two overall prospect Christian Arroyo (Tyler Beede ranks number one) to take over at third base, pushing Eduardo Nunez to left field for tonight's game. Whether or not this switch-a-roo becomes commonplace in the coming days remains to be seen, but it would presumably offer an upgrade at both positions once Arroyo finds his footing in the big leagues.
In Sacramento to start the season, Arroyo, still just 21, was batting .446 through 65 at-bats, his first at the level, and had three homers, 12 RBI, seven doubles and two stolen bases. He also had eight strikeouts, which works out to a 12.31% strikeout rate. In all, Arroyo has played just 52 games (448 innings) at the hot corner so we can probably expect to see some growing pains as he is still learning the position. He had his first real taste of third base last season, sliding over from his natural shortstop. In their Prospect Handbook, Baseball America compared Arroyo to Matt Duffy, saying that he too is a bat first third baseman with a good glove.
The Giants also purchased the contract of Drew Stubbs this afternoon, and he too will be in the lineup against the Dodgers, manning center.
The lineup tonight looks like this: