Orlando Arcia may have put himself on the fast track with a successful 2015 campaign at Double-A Biloxi. As a 20-year-old, Arcia set career highs in batting average (.307), home runs (8), doubles (37), RBI (69) and runs (74), and he stole 25 bases to boot. He could supplant Jean Segura as the Brewers' starting shortstop sometime this season, and with his burgeoning power and speed, he needs to be owned in all NL-only leagues. He is also not a bad choice in the late and reserve rounds of mixed league drafts.
Arcia will begin the 2016 season in the minors, according to Brewers general manager David Stearns, MLB.com reports. Speculation obviously grew when Milwaukee traded Jean Segura to Arizona on Saturday, clearing a path to the majors for Arcia. But Stearns reset expectations, saying "we're going to send [Arcia] to Triple-A and allow him to continue his development. Ultimately, as he continues to grow and mature as a player, his production and his continued development will dictate his timeline to the Major Leagues, rather than a move like this." At this time, it looks like Jonathan Villar will start at shortstop when the 2016 begins.
Arcia was added to the Brewers' 40-man roster Friday. This is strictly to protect Arcia from the Rule-5 draft. He is the top prospect in a suddenly lush Brewers farm system, but the team won't burn a year of control by bringing him up early in 2016. There is no doubt that he is the shortstop of the future in Milwaukee, but he probably won't debut until late-2016 or early-2017.
Brewers shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia is in the midst of a fine season with Double-A Biloxi. Arcia, who was ranked the 88th best prospect by MLB.com, is batting .315 with 24 doubles, five triples and five home runs this year. He's also 19-for-24 in stolen base attempts. Arcia has been particularly hot at the plate over his last 10 games, during which he is slashing .341/.372/.585 with a home run and seven RBI.
Brewers shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia showed why many think he could be the future of the franchise very soon, reports MLB.com. Arcia, who has played mostly in minor-league camp this spring, ripped two doubles Friday in three innings of work. He's gone 4 of 7 at the plate in limited spring training work. "He's impressive," manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday. "He's got the total package. The offense is what they were hoping would come around. This is a short sample, obviously, but if he continues to grow in that direction he will be fun to watch."
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