ARCIA, ORLANDO

Position: Shortstop

DOB: August 4, 1994

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 165

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Free Agent (October 22, 2010)

Profile: Signed by the Brewers out of Venezuela in 2010 for $95,000, Arcia made his debut with Milwaukee’s Dominican Summer League affiliate a year later, then came stateside in 2012. A broken ankle, suffered while sliding into second base during an extended spring training game, wound up knocking Arcia out of action in 2012, but after having a metal plate inserted, he returned for instructional league before jumping all the way to Class-A Wisconsin in 2013. Arcia moved to High-A Brevard County the following year, then spent 2015 at Double-A Biloxi. He opened 2016 at Triple-A Colorado Springs and in August, received a promotion to Milwaukee, where he made his big league debut with the Brewers. A plus defender with good range, soft hands and a solid arm, Arcia’s offensive game has steadily improved as well. A line drive hitter who uses the whole field and displays good plate discipline, Arcia can also generate some surprising pop, thanks to his plus bat speed and sound pitch recognition.

2011: After signing with Milwaukee the previous October, Arcia joined the Brewers DSL affiliate for the 2011 season and made people start to take notice right away. He posted an OPS of .845 in 64 games, leading the team with six home runs, while driving in 47 and earning a spot on the Dominican Summer League All-Star team.

2012: Arcia came stateside in 2012 and was set to join one of Milwaukee’s rookie league affiliates when they opened play, but in a late April extended spring training game, he fractured his ankle while sliding into second base, costing him the remainder of his season.

2013: Despite the year of lost development time, the Brewers saw enough from Arcia during intructs and spring training that they chose to have him skip rookie ball and sent him to Low-A Wisconsin to open the 2013 season. In 120 games with the Timber Rattlers, he hit .251 and scored 67 runs as one of the youngest players in the Midwest League.

2014: The Brewers pushed Arcia again in 2014, promoting him to High-A Brevard County and he responded by hitting .289 with 29 doubles, five triples and four home runs as the Manatees everyday shortstop. His 144 hits in 127 games were tops in the entire Florida State League and he also managed to swipe 31 bases.

2015: Arcia got the bump to Double-A Biloxi in 2015 and rather than struggle, as many players do with the jump to Double-A, he excelled, turning in perhaps his best season to date. In 129 games with the Shuckers, he wound up hitting .307 with 37 doubles, seven triples and eight home runs, earning a spot on the Southern League All-Star team, as well as a chance to participate in the Futures Game in Cincinnati, en route to being named Milwaukee’s Minor League Player of the Year.

2016: After conquering Double-A, Arcia received a promotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs to open the 2016 season, where he put up solid, though not spectacular numbers with the Sky Sox. In 100 games, he hit .267 with eight home runs and scored 59 runs, appearing bored at times while displaying flashes of his brilliance on other occasions. Finally in early August the Brewers made the call and brought Arcia to the big leagues and he made his Major League debut in San Diego on August 2nd. He finished out the season with Milwaukee, appearing in 55 games, and batting .219 with four home runs while taking over as the Brewers starting shortstop.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2016 (#1)
2015 (#1)
2014 (#3)
2013 (#12)