I am not going to lie, this treat is largely brought on by Arcia’s quick ice cream break. The play where he tracked a foul ball to the stands and stole a bite of ice cream from a fan. That was a treat for all of baseball, and for the young shortstop.
The fun times aside, Arcia had a great year in 2017. In his debut year back in 2016, he played in 55 games with an average of .219. A year later, he played in 153 games. His average was a much more impressive .277. That is a good number considering Arcia’s main tool is his defense.
The most impressive increase in offensive production is his BABIP. He improved his .267 to a very solid .317. That means when he put the bat on the ball, he was making much better contact this season.
As far as production goes, Arcia did very well based on his positioning in the lineup. He spent only three games above the six hole. Even with that he played in only five games in that spot. He was a bottom third of the lineup bat primarily, so his .268 RISP is a respectable number. The hope is that with the passing years, there will be an uptick in production in RBI situations.
Performance with the glove is Arcia’s specialty. In 688 total chances, he committed 20 errors. That translates to a .971 fielding percentage. But, in the future he projects to be a perennial Gold Glove candidate.
While this season was not a league renowned dominant showing, it creates a lot of excitement for the future. Arcia is the shortstop of the future, and he did a good job showing why in his first full year. With this youngster plugging up shortstop, it could free up the organization to look for his partner up the middle. This showing makes Arcia a treat, just like the ice cream.