Tuesday, February 4, 2014

25-Man Roster Dissection: Oswaldo Arcia

For the Twins to get back to their winning ways, the club is going to need some of their young talent to produce at the big league level. Recent rookies like Chris Parmelee and Aaron Hicks have failed to make contributions on a consistent basis. If prospects can't become league average regulars, there could continue to be some dark days in Minnesota.

Oswaldo Arcia is one of the next in a young crop of players trying to become a Twins regular. He showed promising signs in 2013 but will it be enough for him to breakout in 2014. The Twins don't want another prospect striking out at the big league level. It's not make-it or break-it time yet for Arcia but he still has something to prove in 2014.

2013 Recap: .251/.304/.430, 14 HR, 17 2B, 43 RBI (97 Games)
Arcia split time between the big leagues and Rochester last season. There were signs of power in his rookie campaign but there were also long dry spells at the plate. These inconsistencies were tough to handle and this was one of the main reasons he needed to go back to Rochester. Even playing under 100 games, he was still near the top of the team in home runs so he has shown big league power. His 117 strikeouts over 351 at-bats were a little tough to swallow. Sometimes power hitters can have some gaps in their swing but he will need to cut down on his high strikeout rate moving forward.

Forecasting 2014: .250/.314/.440, 24 HR, 29 2B, 78 RBI (145 games)
As eyes start to turn to the 2014 season, Arcia will take on an even more important role with the club. He is part of a group of corner outfield players who will be fighting for playing time. Arcia has the most upside compared to the likes of Chris Colabello and Chris Parmelee so he should see a significant jump in his playing time for next year. If Minnesota wants to get a longer look at any of these other players, Arcia might have to spend some time in Rochester because he has some options left. Ideally, his bat will be too important to this offense to send him away and he could be the team leader in home runs in only his second year. It would be great to see his batting average rise but that might have to come after he gains some more big league experience.

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