The Red Sox aren’t the only ones making dreams come true. The Brewers have also promoted one of their top prospects, 21-year-old shortstop Orlando Arcia, who will debut tonight in San Diego.
Orlando Arcia will be the Brewers' shortstop starting tomorrow. Jonathan Villar is moving to third. "It's time," Craig Counsell said.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 2, 2016
Milwaukee has made no secret about their status as a team in tear down mode. Former Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy was brazenly dangled on the trade market and served as one of the deadline’s most coveted assets, and with his trade to the Rangers, the Brewers bid farewell to one of their biggest stars and best player. However, they acquired prospects from the Rangers in return, boosting the farm system that helped produce Arcia. Promoting the 21-year-old, who one scout said had the intensity of a young Albert Pujols and MLB Pipleine listed as Milwaukee’s top prospect, can give fans something to latch onto during a rebuilding project.
Back in April, as Arcia entered Triple A ball with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for the first time, he was listed among the next wave of elite shortstops to see big league action in the coming years (His home debut included a triple and three RBI). Since then, Arcia has hit .267/.320/.403 with 8 HR and 15 SB in 23 attempts through 100 games. His manager, Rick Sweet, has pointed only to the youthful Arcia being “overzealous” at times as a flaw in his otherwise complete game - on April 27, he went 3-for-6 with a grand slam and three SB.
At 47-57, Milwaukee does not like their chances competing in the ferocious NL Central or the Wild Card, choosing instead to focus on the future. Arcia will likely be a part of that future and will now have two months of big league action to show what he can do.