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NM State Announces Signing of California Catcher

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LAS CRUCES, NM – Head coach Mike Kirby has once again dipped into the California talent pool and announced the addition of Adam Arroyo from Golden West College. Arroyo, a Capistrano Valley, California native, will be a redshirt sophomore when he arrives on campus for the Aggies in the fall.

Earlier this summer, it was announced that Arroyo was a Second Team All-Orange Empire Conference selection. Arroyo hit .324 in 25 games for Golden West this season, adding six home runs and 24 RBI. The catcher finished the season on a hot streak, recording at least one hit in each of the final five games of the season. In the midst of that stretch, Arroyo mixed in a 3-4 game with a double, a triple, and two runs batted in against Irvine Valley on April 28.

Kirby and company are beginning to solidify a pipeline between Golden West and Las Cruces. NM State first baseman Logan Gallina also played at Golden West before transferring to play for the Aggies.

The backstop began his collegiate career at Cal Poly in 2021, where he took a redshirt season.

In the summer before heading to college, Arroyo competed in the California Prospect League and earned Most Valuable Player honors. The incoming freshman also helped lead his team to the CPL title.

Out of high school, Perfect Game ranked Arroyo as the 13th overall catcher in the state of California. At a showcase, Arroyo managed to fire off a 1.81 second pop time from behind the plate – Well quicker than the average. Arroyo also displayed solid foot speed for a catcher, running a 7.08 second 60 yard dash.

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