Milwaukee Brewers: Orlando Arcia heating up

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May 23, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia (3) hits an RBI single during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
May 23, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia (3) hits an RBI single during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Throughout the Milwaukee Brewers recent success in 2017, there have been a lot of headlines surrounding pretty much everyone on the team.  One particular worry quite a few fans had early in the season was the lack of offense from shortstop Orlando Arcia. The wait may be over.

Over the last few weeks Arcia has become a very valuable offensive weapon to go along with his Gold Glove-caliber defense.

When he was hitting earlier in 2017, he would drive the ball to right field. However, during his current 11-game hitting streak, he is learning to pull his hips in and pull the ball.

Arcia isn’t hitting for power, but he is getting on base, and most importantly in scoring position. Over the last seven games, he is batting .391/.417/.435 with nine hits in 23 at-bats. Those are solid numbers, but the most important stat is that he hasn’t struck out during this stretch.

As a whole for the 2017 season, Arcia is slashing .253/.295/.367 with four home runs, 17 RBIs. He has only struck out 29 times this season in 166 at bats.

Last season in August when he got his first taste of the Major Leagues. He slashed .219/.273/.358 with four home runs, 17 RBIs and 47 strikeouts in 201 at bats.

Arcia is showing great improvement in at the plate in 2017.  He has had 35 fewer at bats than last year, but for him to be batting almost .260 and showing improved plate discipline is a good sign for a 22-year old in his first full season with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Arcia’s projected stats for 2017 are .251/.293/.368 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs. It seems that he is already exceeding expectations. At the pace he is going we could see his final stat line be closer to a .270/.357/.365 slash line with 18 home runs and 65 RBIs.

Those are solid for any everyday player. It would also be a huge confidence boost for him to have that much success in his first full season at the highest level.

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Will he become a future All-Star/ Gold Glove face of the franchise type player? If he continues to learn and improve at this pace the sky seems to be the limit.  We should all be very excited for the future of our former top prospect.

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