The Milwaukee Brewers have not been shy about expressing their dissatisfaction with the production level of Orlando Arcia.
Arcia arrived in the big leagues in August of 2016, and since the start of his first full season in 2017, no team in Major League Baseball has gotten worse overall production out of their shortstops than the Brewers, at least according to fWAR (0.0 — 2.5 wins above replacement behind the next lowest team). Milwaukee’s cumulative wRC+ of 69 from the position is ahead of only the rebuilding Royals (67). Arcia was far-and-away the worst qualified hitter in baseball in 2019; his .223/.283/.350 slash in 546 plate appearances added up to a 61 wRC+, a full 13% worse than the trio of Mallex Smith, Brandon Crawford, and Yolmer Sanchez, who all tied with a 74 wRC+. Arcia did not have enough plate appearances to qualify in 2018, but among National League hitters who made at least 350 trips to bat, he was once again at the rock-bottom of the leaderboard with a .236/.268/.307 batting line that equaled out to a 54 wRC+.
In nearly four years at the team’s primary shortstop, Arcia has managed only a meager .243/.292/.360 slash line covering 1,676 plate appearances….