A pair of blockbuster moves left the Brewers three men short on the MLB roster this afternoon after catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitchers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress were shipped off to contenders for prospects. Milwaukee responded by adding just two men to their active roster: catcher Manny Pina and reliever David Goforth. Now, we know why. The Brewers have recalled über-prospect Orlando Arcia to the big league club, and he’ll make his major league debut on Tuesday in San Diego, the Brewers official Twitter account confirmed early this morning.
Brewers blogger @BrewerNation was the first to report the possibility of Arcia getting the call, sharing this tweet during last night’s game:
Heard from a couple of people that should know that the pending roster move for the #Brewers on Tuesday will be Orlando Arcia. Big, if true.
— The Brewer Nation (@BrewerNation) August 2, 2016
Doing some internet sleuthing on my own, a thing which I have done once before to the chagrin of the Brewers, I noticed that Arcia’s brother, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, had posted what appeared to be a message welcoming his brother to the major leagues (in Spanish, of course):
— travis sarandos (@travis_mke) August 2, 2016
Just more proof here that when your mom tells you that it’s bad to procrastinate and avoid actual responsibilities she is definitely lying — had I been acting responsibly this evening/morning, I’d most certainly already be asleep.
Arcia, who turns 22 on Thursday, is the tip of the spear from a rebuilt and loaded Brewers farm system that will see a steady flow of talent to the major league roster over the next several years. After spending one entire season at each level during his progression through the minor leagues, Arcia joins the big league club now after 99 games and 439 plate appearances with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He batted .268/.320/.404 with eight home runs and 15 steals for the Sky Sox.
Joining the Brewers organization as an international free agent at age 16, Arcia rose through the system as a shortstop whose defensive tools were so good, it wouldn’t matter how well he could hit. It turned out that he could, though, as he exploded onto the national scene last season with a breakout season in Biloxi. Arcia is currently ranked No. 13 on the MLB Pipeline Top 100 Overall prospects list.
Arcia figures to be a fixture in the Brewers lineup from here on out unless he really struggles — Milwaukee would not have brought him up unless they were prepared to play him every day, and they don’t want to yo-yo him between the big leagues and the minors. While he’ll most likely take over and shortstop, forcing Jonathan Villar to shift to third, he has been taking reps at second base over the past month as well.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to you, Orlando. Felicitaciones y bienvenido a las grandes ligas. Let’s play ball.