Reds prospect Edwin Arroyo is inching closer to his major league debut.
Edwin Arroyo, somewhat surprisingly, was added to the Chattanooga Lookouts roster this past week. Acquired alongside Noelvi Marte in the Luis Castillo last summer, Arroyo has produced mixed results at High-A Dayton this season.
Keep in mind that Arroyo just turned 20 years old. A skilled defensive shortstop, Arroyo is still tapping into his potential at the dish. The infielder was hitting .248/.321/.427 with the Dayton Dragons before making the jump to Double-A.
The troubling number when it comes to Arroyo is the batting average. Hitting below .250 against the competition at High-A doesn't necessarily scream big league hitter, but again, he's barely 20 years old. Arroyo does have a good eye, with a strikeout-rate just a touch above 20-percent according to FanGraphs.
The power has really shown up of late, with Arroyo posting a .475 slugging percentage since August 1st. Prior to that, Arroyo was slugging just over .400 on the season. Of Arroyo's 49 extra-base hits this season, 13 have come in the last 34 games.
There is absolutely no reason for the Cincinnati Reds to rush Edwin Arroyo to the major leagues. With so many young infielders already on the 40-man roster, there's no reason to accelerate the process. However, as Reds fans have already seen with the likes of Noelvi Marte and Elly De La Cruz, sometimes thes prospect arrive ahead of schedule.