Arias was added to Cleveland's 40-man roster Friday. Arias was traded from San Diego to Cleveland at the end of August last year, and he'll unsurprisingly join the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 20-year-old flashed his power at the High-A level in 2019, hitting .302 with 17 home runs and 75 RBI.
Arias was traded from San Diego to Cleveland on Monday along with Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill and others in exchange for Mike Clevinger, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Arias, a strong defensive shortstop with plus raw power, was one of the Padres' 10 best prospects. He logged a 120 wRC+ as the second-youngest player in the California League last year despite walking at just a 4.9 percent clip. Arias also finished the 2019 season strong, cutting his strikeout rate to 20.6 percent from July 1 on. He joins a loaded Cleveland farm system and could factor into the shortstop depth chart in 2022.
Arias will be part of the Padres' 60-man summer camp. Like the majority of the Padres' top prospects, Arias was included in the player pool for developmental purposes rather than to help the big-league club win in 2020. He is a great defensive shortstop and has impressive power for his age (20), but he could stand to improve his plate discipline (4.9 percent walk rate, 25 percent strikeout rate at High-A) before reaching the majors.
Arias was returned to minor-league camp Sunday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Arias went 4-for-13 with three walks in Cactus League play, but he'll return to the minors to get more seasoning. The 20-year-old will likely open the season at the Double-A level after hitting .302 with 17 home runs with High-A Lake Elsinore last season.
Arias went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs for High-A Lake Elsinore on Sunday. The 19-year-old checked in with the first multi-homer day of his professional career to bring his long ball total on the season up to seven through 193 at-bats for the Storm. Arias is known for his sharp defense more than his bat, but the seven homers represent a new career high, and he's also now working on a nine-game hitting streak that has boosted his slash line up to .269/.420/.420.
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