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Deep Pickups 8/4: Hitters

by Nick Nelson
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Orlando Arcia - SS, MIL

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The Brewers are future-focused and making moves with that mindset. The first step was trading valuable veterans like Jonathan Lucroy, Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress to contenders. The next step was promoting their top prospect to the big leagues, so that he can get his feet wet here in the final months.

On Tuesday, Milwaukee announced that they were calling up 21-year-old shortstop Orlando Arcia from Class-AAA Colorado Springs.

The young Venezuelan rocketed up prospect boards last year by posting an .800 OPS in Double-A at age 20. This season he has maintained his top-tier status by holding his own in the Pacific Coast League despite being one of its youngest players.

In 440 plate appearances over 100 games at Triple-A prior to getting the call, Arcia had posted a .267/.320/.403 slash line with eight homers and 15 steals. He also tallied 19 doubles and six triples.

Those aren't overwhelming numbers, of course, and it's not necessarily fair to expect the young shortstop to come up and dominate in the majors right away. The Brewers seemingly understand that, as they have publicly kept expectations in check while suggesting that they merely want to start preparing him for next season.

However, given his fantasy-friendly skill set, as well as the lack of offensive depth at his position, Arcia deserves a look in many leagues.

The speedy infielder has consistently been a strong base-stealing threat in the minors. Last year at Double-A he swiped 25 bags in 129 games. In 2014 he notched 31 steals in High-A, and the prior season 20 in Low-A.

Mix that in with his extra-base hit pop, especially his penchant for three-baggers, and you've got an asset with some very appealing upside. He probably won't hit enough to be a quality starting option in shallower leagues but in instances where the talent is thin, he can yield quite a bit of value over these last two months.

It sounds like the Brewers, who have slid Jonathan Villar over to third, are fully committed to giving Arcia the reins at shortstop full-time the rest of the way.

Charlie Tilson - OF, CWS

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The White Sox sent reliever Zach Duke to the Cardinals over the weekend, and in return they exchanged outfield prospect Charlie Tilson. They wasted no time bringing their new arrival into the mix, calling Tilson up from Triple-A on Monday

Tilson profiles as more of a fourth outfielder long-term, but with the White Sox he has a pretty good shot at regular playing time during the final leg of the campaign. Chicago sent J.B. Shuck, who has been starting in center since mid-June, to the minors on Monday. Avisail Garcia (.679 OPS) may not be far behind.

Three games below .500 and essentially out of the AL Central race, the White Sox will likely take this opportunity to get a good look at their acquisition. Tilson has plentiful experience in the high minors, with 262 games played in Double-A and Triple-A over the past three seasons.

The 23-year-old former second-round pick owned a career .293/.346/.392 line in the Cardinals system and isn't going to blow anyone away with his bat, but his wheels are highly intriguing. He had stolen 15 bases at Class-AAA Memphis this year after swiping 46 last year in Springfield.

The White Sox have been fairly aggressive on the base paths so we're hoping to see him getting the green light often if he can get aboard.


His speed and decent power have also enabled him to consistently fill up the triples column. He hit seven in 2013, his first full pro season, then totaled nine in each of the next two campaigns. This year he had eight already in 100 games at Triple-A.

Nick Nelson

Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to NBC Sports Edge's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter @NickNelsonMN.