Minnesota Twins outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia will get an opportunity in the big leagues on Monday after getting called up to replace outfielder Wilkin Ramirez. Ramirez will miss the series against the Los Angeles Angels after being placed on the paternity list.
There is no question Minnesota is excited about the Twins’ 2012 Minor League Player of the Year joining the squad. Arcia had a decent Spring Training, but a strained intercostal muscle prevented him from playing at a high level. The person most disappointed might have been Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, who is excited to see what Arcia can do with his opportunity.
“He’s one of my favorite players,” Gardenhire told the Minneapolis Star Tribune this past spring. “I want to see him swing.”
There is a good chance Arcia will see playing time in all three games. However, once Ramirez’s time on the paternity list expires after Wednesday, expect to see Arcia get sent back down to Triple-A. That means Arcia has a very small window to impress the Twins. Even if he dominates in his limited playing time, the best outcome is that Minnesota knows what they got in the 21-year-old.
Arcia played very well last season in Double-A in which he batted .328 with 10 home runs, 67 RBI, 20 doubles and five triples in 262 at-bats. He has continued the hot streak into this season as he is batting .414 with three homers, eight RBI and two doubles in 34 at-bats in Triple-A.
It will be interesting to see how well Arcia performs over the next three days. Even though the top prospect is one of the players of the future for the Twins, his performance against the Angels could make his permanent call up sooner rather than later.