Over his team’s last four series, totaling 12 games and 51 plate appearances, Arcia has put together a slash line of .320/.333/.500, continuing a solid start to the 2016 season for one of the game’s top shortstop prospects. The Venezuelan native shows good bat-to-ball skills, utilizing a contact-friendly swing that keeps the barrel on plane, and allows for hard contact across the entire field. Arcia shows comfort turning on velocity and offering up line drives to the opposite field. He isn’t a big home run threat, but there’s enough leverage in his swing to drive the ball out of the park when he finds his pitch up and over the plate, and the plus runner should have no trouble racking up extra bases via doubles and triples as he finds the gaps and the lines.
Arcia continues to receive high marks for his actions on the field, showing soft hands and an easy arm from the six-spot to go with above-average range. Not only does he do a good job covering ground, but his body control and natural feel for the position allow him to make the difficult plays at the margins with regularity. Arcia is ready to help out the Brewers and profiles as an impressive up-the-middle glove with a high-contact stick that could fit somewhere at the top of the order. –Nick J. Faleris