The Milwaukee Brewers are going nowhere this season. It’s a sad truth for fans of the team, but there is simply no chance at a playoff berth with this roster.
The only hope at salvation might be trading away star players such as Johnathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura, and giving some of the young prospects a chance to get acclimated to the major leagues. If the Brewers decide to overhaul the roster it’s a safe bet that top prospect, Orlando Arcia, will be part of the team’s rebuild.
Arcia is considered one of baseball’s premier shortstop prospects, and with the recent promotions of Fransisco Lindor and Carlos Correa, Arcia might now be at the top of the class. The development of Arcia has come at an opportunistic time for Milwaukee, who are getting very little from current starting shortstop, Jean Segura.
The 25-year-old was the key piece in the Brewers trade of Zach Grienke. So far, the return has not been favorable for the Brewers, as Segura is only batting .259 with 21 RBI’s. Despite his struggles, Segura is still a formidable option at short, and would be coveted by many ball clubs. Milwaukee needs an upgrade at multiple positions, and Segura could bring in a decent haul if the team wishes to deal him.
Luckily, the Brewers can afford to make such a move due to the emergence of Arcia, as many view him as the Brewers shortstop of the future. The 20-year-old Arcia has been sensational for the Brewers AA affiliate, Biloxi Shuckers. This season has seen him make tremendous strides, and many are taking notice. Prospect 361 has the young shortstop ranked as the 19th best minor leaguer on their mid season rankings.
Arcia has an impressive .308/.351/.488 slash line on the season despite being one of the youngest players in the Midwest League. He was recently named to the MLB Futures Game as a result of his strong play.
The Brewers would certainly be wise to give Arcia a look if Segura continues to struggle. However, team manager, Craig Counsell, doesn’t want to pull the trigger just yet.
“I don’t think (Arcia) is far away,” Counsell told Brewers.com.
“That hasn’t been a consideration just because of Jean. But he’ll be here at some point, I can assure you that.”
If Arcia continues his torrid play through the minor leagues, he might just force the organizations hand. The Brewers might be going nowhere this season, but the future is looking bright.