ORLANDO ARCIA (SS)
Profile: Signed by the Brewers out of Venezuela for a mere $95,000 in 2010, Arcia made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2011, where he hit .294 with 16 doubles and 6 home runs, earning a spot on the DSL All-Star team as a 16-year-old. Milwaukee brought him stateside the following season but a fractured ankle suffered during extended spring training caused him to miss the 2012 season. Nevertheless, Milwaukee saw enough from Arcia that they opted to jump him all the way to Class-A Wisconsin to begin 2013 as an 18-year-old. As the Timber Rattlers everyday shortstop, Arcia held his own, batting .251 in 120 games. He advanced to High-A Bevard County in 2014 with even more success, hitting .289 in 127 games. The young shortstop moved to Double-A Biloxi in 2015 and there he established himself as one of the top shortstop prospects in baseball, hitting .307 with 37 doubles, 7 triples and 8 home runs while also playing exceptional defense and earning honors as the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. He advanced to Triple-A Colorado Springs to begin the 2016 season and hit .307 in the month of April before cooling off some. In 100 games with the Sky Sox, Arcia finished with a .267 average and eight home runs.
Strengths: Arcia won’t turn 22 until Thursday, but the Brewers top prospect should bring a spark to their lineup when he joins them. A line drive, contact hitter with impressive plate discipline and pitch recognition, Arcia has excelled against older competition every step of the way on his climb to the big leagues. He uses the whole field and shows surprising pop for his size. The strongest part of his game may come on defense however, as many scouts project a few gold gloves in his future. With good range and instincts and a solid arm, Arcia can turn in some highlight reel plays on defense, further enhancing his value to the ballclub
Weaknesses: There aren’t a lot of knocks against Arcia, but with his slight frame, injuries could be a concern, though he has packed on a good deal of muscle as he has developed. His power is more gap-to-gap at present, but that’s nitpicking as he has more than enough pop for shortstop. Some scouts did mention that he looked bored at times at Triple-A, but he’s a ball of energy on the field and that shouldn’t be an issue now that he’s in the big leagues.
Future: You don’t call up a player of Arcia’s status with the intent of sitting him on the bench and you can expect to see plenty of the young Venezuelan over the final two month of the Major League season. He’s in the lineup tonight in San Diego, batting seventh and playing short and should prove to be one of the Brewers cornerstones as their re-build continues.