Brewers bringing up top prospect Arcia

Shortstop will make Major League debut Tuesday against Padres

Orlando Arcia has slashed .302/.402/.538 with RISP for Colorado Springs. (Bobby Stevens/

By Mack Burke / | August 2, 2016 3:45 AM

"It's time."

That's what Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters on Monday night regarding the decision to call up the club's top prospect Orlando Arcia to make his debut at shortstop on Tuesday in San Diego.

The 21-year-old brother of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Oswaldo Arcia started the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and slashed .268/.320/.404 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs in 99 games.

Although the Venezuelan native's numbers have ebbed from the .307/.347/.453 line he posted in 129 games with Double-A Biloxi a year ago, Counsell said the organization feels he's ready to face big league hurlers.

"Reports said [Arcia] was absolutely outstanding defensively," Counsell told reporters Monday night. "He hasn't had the season he had last year, but we feel he's ready to handle big league pitching. You need experience and you need to see big league pitching. This is a good chance to get 200 plate appearance under his belt and use that going into next year."

The Brewers said Arcia will take over at shortstop and Jonathan Villar will move to third base. Arcia has made 15 errors in 92 games at shortstop and none in seven games at second base for the Sky Sox. He has a .991 career fielding percentage in the Minor Leagues.

Counsell said Villar, who's been Milwaukee's everyday shortstop this season and has hit .295 with eight homers, was frustrated after learning the news of the switch.

"Jonny's done his job [this season]," Counsell said. "[Villar] was a little mad, but Orlando is a shortstop and he's a really good shortstop."

Mack Burke is a contributor with Follow him on Twitter @macburke18_MiLB This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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