Next to pitcher and catcher, the shortstop position is considered the most important and challenging defensive position in baseball. The task of a shortstop is not easy, and whoever selects a team for this task must therefore be someone who is strong and agile and able to start and stop quickly. So when the Milwaukee Brewers of the Major League Baseball (MLB) chose Venezuelan baseball professional Orlando Arcia for this tough job, they made a wise choice.
Who Is Orlando Arcia?
As mentioned earlier, Arcia is a professional baseball shortstop from Venezuela who currently plays for the Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was born Orlando Jesus Arcia on August 4, 1994, in Anaco, Anzoátegui, Venezuela.
At the age of sixteen, the Milwaukee Brewers signed up as an international freelancer, and the following year (2011) he made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer League Brewers. Orlando Arcia would miss the entire 2012 season due to a broken ankle he sustained during spring training. In the 2013 season, he played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class AMidwest League, and in 2014 he played for the Brevard County Manatees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.
Arcia began the 2015 season with the Biloxi Shuckers of the Class AA Southern League. After scoring .307/.347/.453 goals with eight home runs, he was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year and was on the team’s 40-man list at the end of the season. Orlando also played in the 2015 All-Star Futures Game, and between 2014 and 2015 he also played for the Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during the MLB’s game breaks.
He started the 2016 season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League, class AAA. In August of the same year, he had his first appearance in the Major League. By the end of the season, he had played in fifty-five Brewers games, scoring four home runs and seventeen RBIs to reach .219. In 2017, he played one hundred and fifty-three games with 0.277 goals, fifteen home runs, and fourteen stolen bases.
After scoring .197 goals in the 2018 season, Orlando Arcia was demoted to AAA in July for the second consecutive season. He was called back the next month and ended the season with a .236 hit, scoring three home runs and thirty RBI, including two walk-off singles.
Arcia currently has a one-year contract with the Milwaukee breweries valued at an alleged $600,000 with a base salary of $559,600 starting in 2018. Its net assets are currently estimated at approximately $1.1 million.
His Height, Weight, And Other Facts
The MLB Shortstop is 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in tall) and weighs 75 kg (165 lbs).
As an adolescent, Orlando Arcia idolized the two baseball shortstops Omar Vizquel and Rafael Furcal. In his opinion, the best shortstop in the league is currently Francisco Lindor.
When Orlando Arcia is not playing, he prefers to just relax and enjoy the time with his family.
Orlando Arcia’s Family and Wife
Arcia is the son of Lilibeth and Oswaldo Arcia, he has an older brother and two sisters. They all grew up in Cantaura – a district rich in oil and natural gas, about 60 miles inland from the Caribbean.
When he was growing up, he was surrounded by baseball lovers and players, so it was almost natural that he developed an interest in the game. His mother once played as a shortstop and was also captain of the Venezuelan national softball team. His father was once a catcher in the record league. Besides his parents, his older brother Oswaldo jr. is another person who influenced him in baseball.
Arcia remembers playing with his old man – a swinging left-hander who was on his way to the Major League at the time. He also remembers how they spent the whole afternoon playing ball in the neighborhood. And when his older brother went pro, Arcia said he wanted to go pro too.
Oswaldo Jr. played for a number of well-known teams in the MLB such as the San Diego Padres, the Minnesota Twins, the Miami Marlins, and the Bay Rays before signing with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Orlando is currently neither married nor married to a lady. He is probably more focused on his career right now and would do the necessary in due course.