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Giants promote Christian Arroyo to majors

The top prospect will try to help the Giants, who are off to a 6-13 start.

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The Giants have promoted top infield prospect Christian Arroyo, as first reported by NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic. Outfielder Drew Stubbs will also join the club, with Chris Marrero being designated for assignment and Aaron Hill being placed on the 10-day disabled list to make room.

Arroyo, who turns 22 next month, joins the Giants as the organization’s second-best prospect, according to MLB.com. Ranked only behind righty Tyler Beede, Arroyo came into Monday as the 84th-best prospect in all of baseball and was hitting an impressive .446/.478/.692 with three homers in 16 games for Triple-A Sacramento this year.

Arroyo will play third for the Giants despite coming up as a shortstop through the minors, meaning Eduardo Nunez will move to left field in the wake of Jarrett Parker’s broken collarbone last week. San Francisco’s 6-13 start became much more dire with the extended loss of Madison Bumgarner, who will miss about two months after suffering serious injuries in a dirt bike injury in Denver.

Arroyo was the Giants’ first-round pick (25th overall) in 2013 and has posted a career .300/.343/.435 hitter in parts of five minor league seasons. His future for the Giants may indeed be at the hot corner, as the club has Brandon Crawford locked into shortstop for the long haul.