The Milwaukee Brewers shortstop, Orlando Arcia, has an older brother named Oswaldo. He is not nearly the player that his little brother is, but Oswaldo can hit pretty well.
The older Arcia made news recently after hitting a monstrous homerun for his team in Japan. That is nothing new; he hits the ball hard, and he hits the ball far. That was proven in his time playing in America. Orlando Arcia, the Milwaukee Brewers shortstop, does not come with that kind of power.
Once Oswaldo is eligible to come back to America, it might be something the Brewers should look into. Now is a good time to mention that he is an outfielder, and this is likely not going to happen. However, sibling competition is a real thing. Not to mention there is a history of hitters improving after time overseas. Eric Thames is an example, though he played in Korea.
Oswaldo In America
In 288 games, Oswaldo Arcia hit 44 homers with a batting average of .235. He spent several years with Twins. In 2016 he was traded to Tampa Bay. After 21 games with the Rays, he was put on waivers and selected by the Miami Marlins. A three game stint with Miami led to another waiver claim for Arcia. This time it was the San Diego Padres, his fourth team that season. They eventually released him.
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Arcia to a minor league deal exactly one month after he was released by the Padres. After just about a year, he was granted free agency to go overseas to Japan. Through all this, he still hit bombs, long ones.
Brothers In Uniform
There is precedent for brothers to wear the same uniform. The Milwaukee Brewers have yet to have it happen though. The Arcias are not the brothers to break that streak. Most recently, the Upton brothers shared a field in Atlanta. Another example in recent memory is the Giles brothers.
In both cases, one brother struggled while the other thrived. Brian Giles and Justin Upton both played well while sharing a locker room with their brothers. Marcus Giles and Melvin Upton were less than impressive. The brother known as the better player is the one who succeeded. That could mean good things for Orlando.
It is just a thought. There is still time on Oswaldo’s contract in Japan. If he can become a more advanced hitter, like Thames did, his bat will be a threat. He can already send a ball flying, but he cannot do it with any consistency. Being more reliable at the plate makes Oswaldo a serious power threat. The Milwaukee Brewers do like their power.