Red Sox pick up another former first-rounder off waivers


The Red Sox are stocking up on former first-rounders, claiming Christian Arroyo off waivers from the Indians.

The 25-year-old infielder had been selected with the 25th overall selection of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Giants, making his major league debut as a 21-year-old in 2017.

It is the fourth organization for Arroyo, who Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom traded for when sending Evan Longoria to the Giants. He remained in the Tampa Bay organization until last season when the Rays sent him to Cleveland in a trade deadline deal.

In 71 big league games, Arroyo hasn't produced offensively, totaling a .215 batting average and .620 OPS. He has, however, fared decently at the Triple-A level (hitting .298), manning second base, shortstop and third base.

Arroyo joins a collection of infielders who may be vying for a roster spot at second base or as a utilityman, a role currently taken up by Jose Peraza, Tzu-Wei Lin and Jonathan Arauz on the 28-man roster. C.J. Chatham is also on the 40-man roster, with Jeter Downs, Marco Herandez and Yairo Munoz also currently participating in the alternative site workouts at McCoy Stadium.

Other former first-rounders recently picked up by the Red Sox include pitchers Dylan Covey and Seth Blair.