2. Orlando Arcia
Yep, that was this season. Earlier this year, Orlando Arcia was battling for the Brewers shortstop job, lost it, and was traded to Atlanta on April 6, not even a week into the regular season.
After five seasons as the Brewers shortstop, the Crew had finally seen enough of his mediocre offensive production and moved on to Luis Urias. Little did they know Urias would end up having struggles of his own as the everyday shortstop, which led to the Willy Adames trade six weeks later. But that’s beside the point.
Arcia was one of the most recognizable Brewers of the past few years, and he was a fan favorite for many. His bat frustrated at times, but he was slick in the field and he had an infectious smile that personified the culture of this team. He had fun, he was a key energy-bringer to the clubhouse, and losing him was a tough blow emotionally.
It’s hard to believe that Arcia was on the team this very same season, and that he had the walk off on Opening Day.
What might speak most to Arcia’s role on the team is that in the six weeks from when he left to when Willy Adames arrived, the Brewers clearly were lacking energy on the field and in the clubhouse. They didn’t appear to be having fun. A lot of that can probably be attributed to not having Arcia in the clubhouse every single day to bring that energy.
3. Patrick Weigel
One of the two players the Brewers got in return for Arcia was Patrick Weigel. Weigel, a reliever prospect, had a decent pedigree when he came over, but he struggled in his few appearances on the big league roster.
There was some hope that the Brewers could turn Weigel into a serviceable reliever, but in his three appearances in late April and early May, Weigel showed some very concerning signs.
In his first game, Weigel walked three batters. In his second outing, he got three strikeouts in 1.1 IP, but allowed a couple of hits and took 35 pitches to complete those four outs. In his final appearance for the Brewers this season, Weigel allowed two runs in 0.2 IP, giving up a walk and a home run to follow.
Weigel was sent back down to Triple-A after that, was called back up in mid-June, but did not appear in a game. He was designated for assignment off the 40 man roster on July 30th to make room for the Crew’s Trade Deadline acquisitions.
He was outrighted to Nashville and is still in the organization. The 27 year old faces an uphill battle to get his MLB career going again.