The 2015 season has felt like the year of the call up. This year it seems like many of baseball's top prospects have been hitting the majors at an astronomical rate, with the list of talented players getting their shot at the majors inlcuding: Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Noah Syndergaard, Archie Bradley, Joey Gallo, Blake Swihart, Joc Pederson, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Carlos Rodon, and so many more.
The mass exodus of players from the minors to the majors has left a lot of room for change in top prospect rankings, and Baseball Prospectus has released their list of the top-50 prospects in baseball at mid-season.
Most notably for the Brewers: Shortstop Orlando Arcia was ranked the 31st-best prospect in all of baseball in this list, with the following highly-encouraging snippet:
Getting out of the Florida State League helps any batter, though having to spend the first 55 games of the season in the visitors' dugout would limit anyone's production. Though it all, however, Arcia has shown an above-average hit tool to pair with his plus shortstop defense. That combination makes him one of the higher-floor shortstops in all of baseball, with the potential to turn into even more if the bat hits its ceiling
That's a huge jump for Arcia -- here's where he was ranked by a few publications pre-season:
That means the 20-year-old made a 62 spot jump in Baseball Prospectus' rankings over just a few months of play. That's huge. And it's not just because of so many prospect graduations, either: Arcia has been hitting extremely well for Double-A Biloxi this year with a .313/.353/.453 line over 75 games while also stealing 10 bags. And, of course, Arcia has been regarded as a superb defensive shortstop -- in fact, that's what has earned him recognition in the past; the fact his bat is now catching up elevates him to true top-prospect status.
The rise of Arcia the past couple of years is also what has led to some believing Jean Segura could be dealt in a trade. Arcia is absolutely the future of shortstop for Milwaukee unless something goes drastically wrong and could be in the majors full-time as soon as mid to late-2016.
This is the second consecutive year the Brewers have had good news in the midseason prospect lists. Last year, Baseball America ranked pitcher Jimmy Nelson as the 38th prospect in baseball at the beginning of July. Nelson is, of course, now a member of the Brewers rotation.
The Brewers have had several years of being one of the worst farm systems in baseball. However, they could be on a rapid rise in the coming seasons. With Arcia anchoring the minors, the Brewers also have players like Tyrone Taylor, Clint Coulter, Tyler Wagner, and Jorge Lopez making big impacts while Milwaukee has drafted a bunch of extremely high-ceiling players in the past two drafts.
Milwaukee's minor league system is on it's way up and Arcia is hopefully one of a long list of top-50 prospects the Brewers will have in the near-future.