SAN DIEGO — Top prospect Orlando Arcia got his first Major League start for the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night, going 0-for-4 at the plate in a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres.
The 21-year-old shortstop went hitless in his debut, but made some plays on the defensive end that raised some eyebrows.
“I didn’t hit very well, but I was able to play good defense and we were able to get the win. It always feels good to win,” Arcia said.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit his 15th home run of the season in the sixth inning, followed by a two-run RBI thanks to Chris Carter. Braun offered his support of Arcia as he tries to live up to the hype of being one of Milwaukee’s three prospects in Baseball America‘s top eight.
“Easier said than done,” Braun said. “There’s a ton of adrenaline, a ton of emotion, a lot of thoughts that are running through your head. Hey, it’s even exciting for all of us to see a guy with his potential show up. It’s something we can all feed off of.”
The Brewers and Padres finish up the three-game series Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. CT.
SAN DIEGO — The same night the Milwaukee Brewers traded away veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy, manager Craig Counsell announced the team would be calling up top shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
“The thinking is it’s time to get started,” Counsell said following Monday’s game. “We’ve still got 55 games left, a good chunk of the season left, where we’re hopeful that it gives [Arcia] good experience going into next year”
The No. 1 prospect in Milwaukee’s farm system has 404 minor league at-bats in 2015 with a .267 batting average with eight home runs and 15 steals.
Arcia will get the start at shortstop Tuesday night in San Diego, bumping Jonathan Villar over to third base. Counsell says he’ll have to find a new place for Hernan Perez, whose hot season continued with his eighth home run of the season in Monday night’s 7-3 loss.
Milwaukee is now tied for the most prospects (eight) ranked in the Top 75.