#3: Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Now we’re getting to the good stuff. I had a chance to see Arcia firsthand in Arizona last weekend, and it’s a lot easier for me to understand the hype now. The first wave of the Brewers’ rebuild begins with the 21-year-old Venezuelan shortstop, and he might be the best of the bunch.
One of the first things you notice about Arcia is that he’s an extremely graceful all-around athlete. That plays exceptionally well at shortstop, where his glovework has always been his strong suit. Arcia is probably the top defensive shortstop in the minors right now and it wouldn’t be shocking if he wins a couple Gold Gloves down the road. The defense alone doesn’t make Arcia an elite prospect, though – it’s his rapidly improving ability with the bat that puts him over the top. Arcia drove the ball and made quality contract much better in 2015 than ever before, slashing .307/.347/.453 in 552 Double-A plate appearances.
He’ll probably start the season in Triple-A, but given that incumbent starter Jean Segura was recently traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Brewers’ everyday shortstop job is just being kept warm for him at this point. Expect Arcia to get his call to The Show sooner rather than later and make a great first impression once he does.