Arcia made his debut in August 2016. He hit .219/.273/.631 in 201 at-bats at the big league level, going deep four times.
The young Venezuelan has been praised for his above-average defense. In his short tenure at the big league level last season, he made some highlight reel plays. The young shortstop has great range to both his left and right, and shows the ability to make the tough play almost every time.
He’s also shown that he can make the long throw from the hole, thanks to a extremely strong and accurate throwing arm. Arcia has great footwork and first step quickness when moving to a ground ball. He does have speed, but doesn’t steal a ton of bases. It’s something he could begin to do more of as he plays more at the major league level.
When it comes to the offensive side of the game, the 22-year-old keeps it pretty simple. He features a small leg lift, then loads his hands back slightly. His swing is short and compact. He produces a lot of line drives, but as he fills out more and matures, you could see him hitting 15 to 20 home runs a season. He has the ability to hit for a high average, as he did in his minor league career, compiling a .282 average over five seasons.
Orlando Arcia has all the tools to be a perennial All-Star at the big league level.