Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DrB's 2016 Giants Top Prospects: #28 Jonah Arenado

Jonah Arenado, 3B.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  2/3/1995.  6'3", 195 lbs.

Low A:  .264/.293/.367, 25 2B, 9 HR, 4.3 BB%, 16.8 K%, 561 PA.

Jonah is the younger brother of Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado.  He was picked in round 16 of the 2013 draft.  He played 2 undistinguished seasons on rookie ball.  His work ethic attracted the attention of a Giants coach who noticed him taking extra BP in the batting cages during instructional league.  When the coach asked him what he was doing, Arenado's reply was he would rather hit in the cages than hang out at the hotel.

The hard work seemed to pay off as he had a solid season playing his home games in the most pitcher friendly stadium in a pitcher friendly league.  If you are not impressed by those numbers, just look up what Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones did in the same league.  Although his BA declined some toward the end of the season, it never fell off a cliff and he ended up with almost 600 PA's, an impressive showing of stamina for a kid that age.

Arenado got a callup to San Jose for the Cal League playoffs when Ryder Jones suffered and injury.  He didn't hit much there, but he should get a starting gig as the SJ 3B in 2016.  He still has a ways to go, but I think Jonah Arenado has a high ceiling as a power-hitting MLB 3B like his bro.  ETA is probably 2019.


  1. Doctor, thanks for your dailies on the system.
    More and more as I read and do my own checking; it is becoming increasingly more evident to me that our farm is getting deeper and deeper each year. Almost an embarrassment of richness.
    Richard in Winnipeg

  2. Jonah on Doc's Top 50

    2014: 48
    2015: 44
    2016: 28

    Cove has him at 38