Aside from the pitcher and catcher, the shortstop position is considered the most important and demanding defensive position in the game of baseball. The job of a shortstop is not an easy one, thus, whoever a team selects for that job has to be someone who is strong, agile, and able to start and stop running quickly. So when the Milwaukee Brewers of the Major League Baseball (MLB) chose Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop, Orlando Arcia, for that tough job, they certainly made a wise choice.
Who Is Orlando Arcia?
As mentioned above, Arcia is a professional baseball shortstop from Venezuela who currently plays for MLB’s Brewers. He was born in Anaco, Anzoátegui, Venezuela on the 4th of August 1994 as Orlando Jesus Arcia.
At the age of sixteen, the Milwaukee Brewers signed in as an international free agent, 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 the spring training. He played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class AMidwest League during the 2013 season 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 recording .307/.347/.453 hits with eight home runs, he was named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year and was in the team’s 40-man roster at the end of the season. Orlando also played at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game. Between 2014 and 2015 he also played for the Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during MLB’s offseasons.
He started the 2016 season with the Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Colorado Springs Sky Sox. In August of the same year, he made his first major league appearance. At the end of the season, he appeared in fifty-five Brewers games hitting .219 with four home runs and seventeen RBIs. In 2017, he played one hundred and fifty-three games with .277 hits, fifteen home runs, and fourteen stolen bases.
After hitting .197 in the 2018 season, Orlando Arcia was in July demoted to AAA for the second time in a row that season. He was recalled the next month and would end the season hitting .236 with three homers and thirty RBI, including 2 walk-off singles.
Arcia is currently under a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers which is reportedly worth $600,000, with a base salary of $559,600 as of 2018. His net worth is currently estimated at around $1.1 million.
Orlando Arcia 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 petroleum and natural gas-rich neighborhood which is about 60 miles inland from the Caribbean Sea.
Growing up, he was surrounded by baseball lovers and players thus, it was almost natural for him to develop an interest in the game. His mom once played as a shortstop and also captained the Venezuelan national softball team. His dad was once a rec league catcher. Aside from his parents, another person who influenced him on the part of baseball is his older brother Oswaldo Jr.
Arcia recalls tagging along with his olde – a swinging left-handed hitter who was on the road to the Major Leagues at the time. He also recalls how they spent the whole afternoon in the neighborhood playing ball. And once his older brother became a professional, Arcia said he also wanted to be a professional.
Oswaldo Jr. has played for a number of notable teams in the MLB like the San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, Miami Marlins, the Bay Rays before signing with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Orlando is currently not married, neither is he linked with any lady at the moment. He is probably more focused on his career at the moment and would do the needful at the appropriate time.
His Height, Weight, And Other Facts
The MLB shortstop stands at 6 ft 0 in tall (1.83 m), weighing 75 kg (165 lbs).
Growing up, Orlando Arcia idolized two baseball shortstops Omar Vizquel and Rafael Furcal. In his opinion, the best shortstop in the league right now is Francisco Lindor.
When Orlando Arcia is not playing, he loves to just relax and enjoy quality time with his family.