The Orlando Arcia Era has officially begun in Milwaukee. Brewer fans have been looking forward to seeing the 22-year-old shortstop at the big league level since they announced last season that they were going to go through a complete rebuild.
Arcia was signed as an amateur free agent in 2010. He is the first product of the Brewers Dominican Academy to make a Major League roster. The slick fielding shortstop compiled a .282 batting average with 115 doubles, 247 RBI, and 312 runs scored in 5 minor league seasons. Arcia hit .282 with 8 home runs, 53 RBI, 59 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in AAA Colorado Springs before getting called up.
Arcia was the Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2015. He hit .307 with 8 home runs, 69 RBI, 74 runs scored, and 25 stolen bases at AA Biloxi. Arcia showed off his range and his strong, accurate arm, making it look easy at shortstop.
Arcia’s promotion prompted the Brewers to move Jonathan Villar over to third base. Villar has been having a great season, leading the Major Leagues in stolen bases and keeping his batting average near .300. Villar also has good range and a good arm, so the combination of Villar and Arcia on the left side of the diamond will be an imposing look for opposing batters.
Arcia made his Major League debut the day after the Brewers traded catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers. He went 0 for 6 with 2 strikeouts in 2 games in San Diego. The Brewers are not worried as they know that Arcia will come around at the plate.
Arcia is the future of the ball club. It will not be long before he is the face of the Brewers. They are in their first year of a full rebuild and Arcia is the man that they are going to build around.
Now that he has been called up, Arcia figures to be the starting shortstop on Opening Day next season. Brewer fans have not been this excited to see a shortstop come up since Robin Yount came up in 1974. Now they hope that Arcia can help the Brewers to the same success that Yount did in the late 70s and early 80s.