Top 2013 draft picks of the San Francisco Giants hit first home runs

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The San Francisco Giants drafted infielders Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones in the first and second rounds in June and immediately put them first and second in the Arizona League Giants lineup.

While one has taken off a little faster than the other, both accomplished a career first in consecutive at-bats Friday night.

Arroyo hit a home run off AZL Rangers’ Ryan Ledbetter in the fourth inning. Jones followed with a home run of his own against Ledbetter as the very next batter.

The back-to-back homers were career firsts for both.

It’s the type of accomplishment Giants fans hope to see more of as the two work their way up the system.

With 16 professional games under his belt, Arroyo has been steady in the AZL.

Arroyo, selected 25th overall in June out of a Florida high school, is hitting .254 with a .338 on-base percentage, including three doubles and two triples.

He was a surprise pick by the Giants in the first round, with very few draft boards highlighting his name that early. Arroyo’s a former prep shortstop who might have to move off the position in the future to either third or second base. His strength lies in his bat, as he’s expected to produce at a good level for an infielder.

Arroyo entered Saturday with a five-game hitting streak. He has avoided whiffs, striking out only 11 times while walking nine times in 74 plate appearances.

Jones has been the more impressive player so far, hitting .422 with six doubles in 12 games.

Drafted out of a North Carolina high school, he has 17 hits in his past 10 games, including five doubles.

A GOOD START: It took all of one at-bat for the newest Miami Marlins prospect to make a big impression.

Third baseman Colin Moran, selected sixth overall in the first round of the 2013 draft, hit a home run in his first professional plate appearance for the South Atlantic League’s Greensboro Grasshoppers on Wednesday. He later added a walk and went 1 for 3 in his first game.

Moran was considered one of the top college hitters in the draft out of North Carolina, where he hit .345 with 13 home runs. The 6-foot-4 left-handed batter, from New York, is projected to be a hitter who makes solid contact often, but questions remain about his power potential.

Despite his large frame, Moran’s swing is better suited as a line-drive hitter who finds the gaps with ease.

He will likely produce good doubles totals, but his home run numbers could be limited by the swing and approach.

With his assignment to the SAL, Moran becomes the second-highest draft pick in the league behind Lexington’s Bubba Starling, who was selected fifth overall in 2011.

Greensboro is a favorable park for left-handed hitters, which works well for Moran. Despite reports questioning his power potential, Moran should produce good numbers at this level.


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