New York Yankees Non-Roster Invitee Player Profile: Francisco Arcia


With pitchers and catchers in the midst of their spring training routines at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, it’s time to continue our exclusive profiling of the 2015 non-roster invitee’s!

Up next, is catching prospect Francisco Arcia, who was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2006.

One of the biggest strengths of the Yankees minor league farm system is a surplus of catchers at every level, and 25-year old Francisco Antonio Arcia is a big reason why.

Arcia started the 2014 season in AA Trenton and was immediately called up to the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders after just four games with the Thunder. He played with the Railriders from mid-April through early July and split the remainder of the season rotating between the two clubs. He predominantly played catcher, but was occasionally used as at both first and third base as well as left field.

When all was said and done, Arcia played a total of 26 games with AA Trenton last season, posting an impressive .320 batting average, a .346 OBP and a .433 slugging percentage in 104 plate appearances. With AAA Scranton/Wilkes Bare, Arcia’s numbers declined, as he played a total of 38 games in which he batted to a .242 average, a .285 OBP and a .281 slugging percentage in 137 plate appearances.

Arcia is certainly considered a long shot to make the 40-man roster at the culmination of Spring Training. It’s no secret that Austin Romine, John Ryan Murphy and even the young Gary Sanchez are well ahead of him on the depth chart to back up Brian McCann behind the dish.

However, if Arcia can turn a few heads this spring and continue to post impressive numbers at both the AA and AAA level in 2015, he may certainly find himself knocking on the door of the big league roster sooner rather than later.

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