Just over a year ago, Milwaukee Brewers’ top prospect, Orlando Arcia, made his major league debut. In Milwaukee he would finish out the rest of the 2016 season. In the 55 games he played last year he would hit .219/.273/.631 with a -0.2 WAR (wins above replacement). It was at this point some fans started to wonder, “is Orlando Arcia all he is hyped up to be?”
Fast forward a year later and here he is again. Only this time the everyday shortstop for the 59-53 Milwaukee Brewers is playing much better. The now 23 year old is hitting .282/.327/.744 with 10 home runs, 37 RBI, 1.9 WAR, and leads the National League in multiple defensive statistics among shortstops. It’s crazy what difference a year can make.
This past season has been a “break-through” season for Arcia. Whether it has been his highlight reel plays in the field or delivering a big hit for the offense, he has shown that he belongs in the majors and will continue to belong for a long time. At one point during this year he was one of the best hitters in all of baseball during a stretch of an entire month right before the All-Star Break. It’s been remarkable watching him play. However, the way he plays goes beyond just his production. When watching the Brewers this year it is hard to find a player that is having more fun than Orlando. He loves the game of baseball and he shows that each and every day. From the first game of this 2017 season to his major league debut to his minor league career (and probably even before that) Arcia’s passion for the game has been universal throughout.
To this point, Orlando Arcia has indeed been the real deal. He’s been a catalyst for the playoff contending Milwaukee Brewers. It would be hard to imagine what this year would be like without Orlando manning the shortstop position day in and day out and, quite frankly, I don’t think anyone would really want to. Certainly he will see his fair share of struggles throughout his career. Baseball is a humbling game and it can shoot a person down real quick. However, at 23, Orlando Arcia is showing everyone why his career has the potential to be a promising one.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he will be the starting shortstop for when the Brewers win their first World Series in franchise history. Whether that actually holds true or not time will tell. He has already started what will be a long, long trend of successful, high-impact prospects to come up from the organization’s farm system. The future, as well as the present, is very bright for the Brewers and for Arcia. For now, we’ll just enjoy the show every time #3 puts the jersey on in Milwaukee.