Down On The Farm

Orlando Arcia

Arcia was the organization’s Player of the Year in 2015 and he is the Brewer shortstop of the future. The Venezuelan started his Minor League career in 2013 with the single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and moved up to the Advance-A Brevard County Manatees in 2014 and to the AA Biloxi Shuckers in 2015. He is a .284 hitter in the Brewers’ system with 76 stolen bases.

The Brewers are so excited about Arcia that they traded away Jean Segura. Arcia has improved his hitting at every level, going from .251 at Wisconsin to .289 at Brevard County, to .307 at Biloxi. He is a smooth fielder with a strong arm.

He led the Shuckers to the Southern League Championship Series where the Shuckers fell three games to two to the Chattanooga Lookouts. He batted .400 with 10 RBI in eight games during the postseason and was named Southern League Player of the Postseason by MiLB.com.

Arcia’s defense is also top-notch. He won a Gold Glove last season after committing just 13 errors in 585 chances at shortstop. His quick hands and good footwork also allowed him to turn 82 double plays for the Shuckers.

Arcia will start the season with the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox, but it is only a matter of time before he makes the leap to the big league club. The Brewers traded for Houston’s shortstop Jonathan Villar, but it is widely known that he is a placeholder for Arcia. Neither shortstop had a good spring, but the Brewers will stick with their plan to give Arcia a little more time in the Minors.

The Brewers are in the midst of rebuilding the team and Arcia figures to be a huge part of that. He figures to be the cornerstone of a young and talented Brewer team. Look for Arcia to make an appearance in Milwaukee this season before leading the Brewers back into contention in 2017.

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