Entering the 2016 season, Orlando Arcia was the top prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization and was rated the eighth-best prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America. The younger sibling of Oswaldo Arcia, Orlando is mostly known for his defensive skills. His offense still neede major refining.
On August 2, 2016, the Brewers called up their shortstop of the future. The club was committed to give Arcia as much playing time as he could get for the rest of the season. Jonathan Villar was even moved from shortstop to third base in order to make room for Arcia. After joining the Brewers, he would go on to start 53 of the 55 games that he would play in last season.
Arcia was able to flash some of his potential in his first stint in the big leagues, but it wasn’t very pretty with the bat. Arcia’s known to be a free swinger at the plate. Arcia struck out 47 times in 201 at-bats last season. He ended last year with a slash line of .219/.273/.358.
There’s no question about Arcia’s defensive skills. He currently leads all shortstops with 96 defensive putouts this year. He also is leading all shortstops with a 5.22 range factor too.
Coming into 2017, the Brewers were hoping Arcia could turn the corner on his offensive woes and become more consistent at the plate.
Arcia has already shown signs of steady growth in his development in his first full season this year.
Arcia currently has a 10 game hitting streak dating back to May 18. Adjustments to his batting stance in the past two months may explain why. Arcia’s managed to break his old habit of a high leg kick. Since then his slash line this month so far is .297/.360/667.
This week, manager, Craig Counsell switched up the batting order, placing Keon Broxton in place of Jonathan Villar in the leadoff spot. Arcia is currently hitting eighth in the order. The combination of his current hot streak and the absence of Ryan Braun in the lineup could mean that Counsell the young shortstop could be looking at a bigger role in the lineup if Counsell keeps switching up the order.
Regardless, the fact that Arcia is showing signs of improvement already at such a young age is a great sign for his development. He’s currently hitting for a .244 batting average. Last year, Arcia finished with a .219 batting average.
The Brewers offense already has plenty of offensive weapons this year. The addition of Arcia’s production in the bottom of the order is only one of many reasons the team has been so successful. The Brewers are currently leading the NL Central one game above .500. Hopefully, these are signs of great things to come in Arcia’s bright future with the Brewers.