Who is Francisco Arcia? The LA Angels may have struck gold.
By David Rice
In watching LA Angels, Anaheim Angels, or California Angels baseball over the past 40 years I have seen many great players come up through the ranks. What I saw in the last three days from Francisco Arcia though was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
I am not alone in this feeling with Francisco Arcia is the newest LA Angels rookie to make his major league debut this season. It seems that almost every new player the Angels have plucked from their minor league system without any prior MLB experience has been outstanding especially in the first month or so. Names like David Fletcher, Justin Anderson, Jaime Barria, Jose Briceno, and now you can add Francisco Arcia to that list.
Arcia in his first two games has had an amazing start to his big league career. Arcia in his first game with the Angels on Thursday hit a key 3-run homer in the 7th inning to extend a one run Angel lead to four. Later he drove in a run with a single to put the icing on the cake in a 12-8 Angels victory to give him a four-RBI game in his MLB debut. Pretty good, eh?
So what does Arcia do for an encore on Saturday night, only go 3 for 4 with six RBIs and two runs scored. In the second inning of a tie game, Arcia slashed a double down into the right field corner to drive in Ian Kinsler giving the Angels a 2-1 lead. Kole Calhoun followed with a two-run double to extend the lead to 4-1.
In the third inning and the Angels already leading 5-1, Arcia greeted Seattle Mariners pitcher Casey Lawrence with a three-run blast to right field to make the score 8-1. As if that wasn’t enough Arcia came up in the bottom of the fifth inning and laced another double down the right field line to drive in two more runs and make the score 10-1.
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With his second double of the game Arcia broke a major league record for most RBIs in his first two games with 10. Arcia is batting a robust .625 so far. There is a slim chance that Arcia will be able to sustain this fast start, but we should enjoy it while it is here. Arcia set a major league record with 10 RBIs in his first two games so if you were in the stadium the last few games you witnessed history. Pretty amazing for a player who spent 12 years in the minor leagues before making his MLB debut Thursday.
With all that has gone wrong this season for the Angels this is a nice feel good story. If the Angels aren’t careful they may just jump back into the wild-card race. Today if the Angels can complete the sweep of the Mariners they will only be seven games out of the second wild-card spot. This is still a big long shot, but it is still nice to have something to cheer about and maybe a ray of hope in this mediocre season.
For now let’s appreciate and enjoy watching a man living a dream that has been 28 years in the making including 12 years in the minors. Francisco Arcia has shown a perseverance that many people would love to have. I am glad to have had the opportunity to have witnessed this historical event.