If you’re a pitcher in the Florida State League right now, there are two men in the Brevard County Manatees’ order who you want to avoid… Too bad for those hurlers, those men are right at the top of the lineup: Orlando Arcia and Nathan Orf.
Yeah, those numbers are pretty good. How about we break Orf and Arcia down individually?
Orf really turned it on in the middle of the month. Since June 17, Orf has hit safely in every game for a career-high 13-game hitting streak.
In that time, Orf has slammed seven doubles, a triple and hit his first career home run. He has driven in five runs and scored 17.
To make Orf’s hot hitting even more impressive, he’s played four different positions since the start of his hitting streak. Before SS Yadiel Rivera was called up to Double-A Huntsville, Orf was bouncing between DH and both corner-outfield spots.
Since June 24, Orf has been Arcia’s everyday double play partner at second. Curious how Orf has hit since becoming the Manatees’ everyday second baseman? The Baylor product is 12-for-28 at the dish (.429 AVG).
Arcia’s extra-base hits have come in bunches. On three separate occasions, the shortstop has come within one hit of the cycle.
Last Tuesday against the Lakeland Flying Tigers, Arcia finished just a home run shy of the cycle, as he went a career-high 5-for-5 and tallied five runs batted in.
Just three days later in Clearwater, Arcia had every piece of the cycle, except for the triple. He did the same the following night, but his impact on the game’s outcome outshined his almost-cycle.
The ‘Tees went on to win that game in 12 innings, thanks to an Alfredo Rodriguez two-run double. Arcia never finished his cycle, but his feats over the week were easily good enough to win him his first Florida State League Player of the Week award.
For a final thought on Orf and Arcia’s performances lately, let’s turn to Dunedin Blue Jays broadcaster, L. Tyler Murray.
Well said, Mr. Murray. Well said.