Despite losing the entire 2012 season due to a fractured ankle, teenager Orlando Arcia has been able to hold his own among older players in the Midwest League.
The Venezuelan-born shortstop is progressing in the League after making a major jump from the Dominican Summer League in 2011 straight to Single A.
In the span of a month the 19-year-old produced a seven game hitting streak and presently sits at a five-game streak.
Arcia accumulated 20 runs scored and struck out just nine times in 94 at bats for the Brewers’ Single A affiliate.
In addition, he is batting .297 with an On Base Percentage of .353 since July 20 along with six multi-hit games.
The 165 pound shortstop faced a different situation on August 15 when the Chiefs intentionally walked him twice in a 3-for-5 game where he scored twice.
Arcia belted two of his four home runs in the last four games with scouts believing the shortstop will develop power when he fills up.
Within the last 15 games where he produced the seven- and five-game hitting streaks, he is batting .322 with 13 runs scored and three stolen bases.
Arcia might be getting comfortable on the basepaths after suffering two injuries, including the season-ending injury he sustained in 2012 when he slid into second base. He also had an injury scare earlier in the season when he sprained the same ankle after a play at the plate.
The shortstop has took the Brewers’ organization by storm after the team signed him as a 16-year-old undrafted free agent and rattled off an impressive debut with the Dominican Summer League in 2011.
In his inaugural season, the eventual 17-year-old stole 13 bases and homered six times in 64 games for the DSL Brewers and collected 26 doubles.
Rattler Manager Matt Erickson is batting Arcia ninth for the majority of the season to minimize pressure on him and allow him time to grow.
Wagner the Wisconsin workhorse
If there is a more deceiving statistic in baseball, it would be the win column for starting pitchers – and Wisconsin’s Tyler Wagner has done more than what his record presents.
The 22-year-old fourth round selection from Utah has been the Rattlers’ workhorse the entire season racking up a team-leading 130.2 innings with a 3.24 earned run average – but has a 9-8 record to show for it.
Wagner is tabulating a 2.89 earned run average in his last nine appearances but received four No Decisions and three wins, including an eight strikeout performance July 13 against Lake County.
The right-hander racked up a career high ten strikeouts and allowed no runs in seven innings May 8 against Clinton.
Reed does it again
Outfielder Michael Reed is the epitome of clutch performances for the Rattlers after carrying the team to another walk-off win August 15.
Reed made Peoria pay for intentionally walking Arcia when two batters later, the speedy outfielder hit a game winning two-out single.
The 20-year-old from Texas has produced double digits in nearly every offensive category including 11 triples, third in the Midwest League.
In addition, he has compiled a .391 On Base Percentage and stolen 23 bases and collected 22 doubles.
Taylor rebounds from injury
Reed’s outfield mate Tyrone Taylor is bouncing back from an injury requiring him a stint on the seven-day disabled list by hitting safely in seven of his nine games since returning August 8.
Taylor is batting .293 in the last nine games including four multi-hit games, four doubles, six runs batted in and two stolen bases.
Prior to his placement on the disabled list, it is believed he attempted to play through the hip injury indicated by his decline at the plate.
The outfielder’s average dropped more than 30 points in the course of a month before Wisconsin officially shut him down for a week.