Milwaukee Brewers: Has Orlando Arcia figured it out?

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 09: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians steals second base past Orlando Arcia #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning at Miller Park on May 9, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 09: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians steals second base past Orlando Arcia #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning at Miller Park on May 9, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia was so rough at the plate that he was sent back to Triple-A to work on his performance at the plate. In his first time back in Triple-A, he only lasted four games before getting recalled. He’s been with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for 14 games in his second trip back down, and he’s played well. Should he return to the Major League roster?

Orlando Arcia got off to an awful start to his 2018 season. When he was sent down, he was slashing .197/.231/.251 in 66 games. His walk rate was a career low 4.2% and his strikeout rate was a career high 24.1%. If anyone ever deserved to go back down to figure his swing out, it was Arcia.

How’s Arcia doing now?

Since getting optioned back to Colorado Springs a few weeks ago, Arcia has been on a bit of a tear. He’s slashing .375/.457/.575 with a homer in his last 10 games at Triple-A. He’s also riding a four-game hit streak with multiple hits in each game. He also has seven strikeouts and six walks over that same stretch.

Could Arcia return to the roster soon?

That depends on what the Milwaukee Brewers do at the trade deadline. If the Brewers make a move to boost their middle infield, Arcia could have to stay in Triple-A until September. It makes zero sense to bring Arcia up to the Major League roster if he’s not going to play every day.

The Brewers are linked to Asdrubal Cabrera and Eduardo Escobar. If acquired, either player could factor into the team’s plans at shortstop.

Arcia needs to play every day to have value for the Milwaukee Brewers. Calling him up to sit on the bench isn’t going to happen. Arcia has never played a position other than shortstop, and he’s only appeared as a pinch hitter 11 times in his Major League career. He needs to start to have value to the team, and an addition to the middle infield could influence that.

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However, if the Milwaukee Brewers suffer another injury to their infield, Arcia could get the call. If Tyler Saladino or Brad Miller need to hit the DL, Arcia makes the most sense to get a call up. He’s the only readily available option the team has for the middle infield down on the farm. He’s an injury away, but there’s no telling when that will occur.

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