Minnesota Twins’ Oswaldo Arcia: More Than Just A Nice Name
Oswaldo Celestino Arcia. As great as that name is, the 22-year-old rookie’s play for the Minnesota Twins has been even better. A Venezuela native and the 4th-ranked prospect in the Twins organization, Arcia got his big-league chance on April 15 when fellow outfielder Wilkin Ramirez went on paternity leave. Arcia was sent back down the next day when Ramirez returned, but was recalled once again on the 17th after Darin Mastroianni went on the disabled list. In his 10 games with Rochester, Arcia torched his way to a ridiculous slash line of .394/.474/.727.
In his 23 games with the big-league club, Arcia has posted a solid .286/.318/.476, including a 4-hit performance against the Boston Red Sox on May 8. Since April 26, when Arcia assumed an everyday role with the team, Arcia is 21-64 (.328) with 2 homers and 10 RBIs.
“I don’t think he’s here just to show us what he’s got,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after a 10-game road trip during which Arcia hit .424, ending on a 7-game hitting streak.
[quote]”He’s here to stay.”[/quote]
While not the speediest of players, Arcia’s arm is good enough that he can stick in right field, where he’s played a sizeable portion of his games for the Twins. The offensive production Arcia provides is well worth any sacrifice in defensive range that might be made by putting Arcia in left or right field. His plate discipline continues to improve and he has very few weak points in his offensive game. Per Baseball Prospectus, Oswaldo Arcia projects as an above-average hitter who could hit 20 homers and 30 doubles per year.
Arcia is part of the next generation of young stars for the Twins. Alongside guys like Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton, Adam Walker, and Miguel Sano, Arcia will help contribute to the resurgence of the Twins franchise. Thus far, he has left us with every reason to believe he can live up to his offensive potential and produce the way the Twins are expecting.