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Arroyo brings maturity to 2nd big league camp

Giants top prospect eager to learn from fellow infielders Crawford, Panik
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Armed with a better understanding of what it takes to succeed as a professional, Christian Arroyo begins the 2016 season with a new focus and intensity.

"I just got more serious about my appointments [over the winter]," Arroyo said. "I had a specific schedule I was on. Last year, I would work out then come home and I'd hit. This year, I was down to the tee, a time. I'm doing this here, this here. I think the biggest thing is just getting on a schedule, a very precise one, and sticking to it."

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Armed with a better understanding of what it takes to succeed as a professional, Christian Arroyo begins the 2016 season with a new focus and intensity.

"I just got more serious about my appointments [over the winter]," Arroyo said. "I had a specific schedule I was on. Last year, I would work out then come home and I'd hit. This year, I was down to the tee, a time. I'm doing this here, this here. I think the biggest thing is just getting on a schedule, a very precise one, and sticking to it."

That focus and intensity not only describes how the infielder approached the offseason, but it also applies to his demeanor in Giants camp.

"I'm trying to handle my business and act professional," the Giants' top prospect said. "It's fun to get invited back again and to be around these guys again. It's an honor. I'm a little more comfortable, still trying to learn some things here and there."

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Arroyo has had a very productive career so far, but is also aware that he's not yet a finished product. The 20-year-old gained a lot of knowledge during Spring Training a year ago and plans on doing more of the same this time around.

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Arroyo certainly has plenty of talent to learn from. Although he's willing to talk to and learn from everyone, Arroyo keeps a close eye on Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford.

Why wouldn't he? As a young middle infielder, there's no better duo to learn from than one that combined for two All-Star nods and a Gold Glove Award last season.

"I'm always looking around, especially when you've got two All-Stars up the middle. They're doing something right," Arroyo said. "I don't mirror them -- I try to have my own style -- but I definitely watch what they do footwork-wise and try to build off that."

Although they often work out on different fields, Panik has had the chance to get to know Arroyo a bit in the clubhouse, and he, like everyone else, has been impressed.

"Just watching him in the clubhouse, he's got a good personality," Panik said. "Very confident kid, especially as a 20-year-old. He definitely has a presence and you need that as a ballplayer. You need that confidence in yourself."

Arroyo has every reason to be confident.

Ever since the Giants selected him 25th overall in the 2013 Draft, Arroyo has performed.

In 2014, his first full professional season, he hit .291 in 89 games. Last year, he hit .304 in 90 games at Class A Advanced San Jose and followed that up with a stint in the Arizona Fall League in which he hit .308 in 19 games.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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