July 10, 2017
The Buyer's Guide
Orlando Arcia made his major-league debut in 2016. Initially, his fantasy value was thought to be limited because his defense was his most valuable asset. Over the course of those 55 games, Arcia hit .219/.273/.358 with four home runs, 21 runs scored, 17 RBIs and eight stolen bases. His fantasy stock wasn’t high coming into 2017. Arcia did rate as a two-star player in Mike Gianella’s initial shortstop rankings, but Mike admitted this was “a speculative pick based on stats from a year ago.”
Owners might have been willing to roll the dice on Arcia because he had the potential to provide a nice stolen base total. Outside of that, there wasn’t much to get too excited about. This proved to be true early in the year. Through the end of May, he hit .251/.293/.368. This was better than a season ago, but it was still far from making Arcia fantasy relevant.
However, when the calendar turned to June, he became a different hitter. Since then, he’s hitting .336/.374/.500, which has increased Arcia’s profile in the fantasy community; owners began seriously buying in over the past week.