6. Atlanta Braves Player in July: Orlando Arcia
After letting Dansby Swanson walk in free agency, the Braves anointed Orlando Arcia as their Opening Day shortstop. They also signed him to a three-year extension. Alex Anthopoulos knew something that most Braves fans didn't. Arcia earned the starting nod in the All-Star game, over Dansby.
In July, Arcia hit .288 with a .337 OBP and a .475 SLG. Arcia racked up 23 hits, four homers, 10 RBI, and three doubles on the month.
He had a phenomenal series against the Brewers between the 28th and the 30th. He hit .600, collecting five hits in the first two games, helping the Braves to a sweep.
His .812 OPS was good for 118 OPS+ in the month. On the season, Arcia is having the best of his career. He came to the Braves with a meager 72 OPS+ from his time with the Brewers. With the Braves (dating back to 2022), he's been exactly league average at 100. Arcia has a 106 OPS+ this year.
Factor in his plus defense, positive influence on the clubhouse, and affordable contract. Arcia checks a lot of boxes.
Arcia's 7 Outs Above Average (OAA) is tied for 29th-best in the league. Arcia is currently 18th in all of baseball in fielding runs saved (Def).
Arcia posted a 0.6 fWAR in July for the Braves.