Oswaldo Arcia entered last year as a top 50 prospect in the MLB, but exited as the highest producing outfielder on the Minnesota Twins’ roster. Mostly overshadowed by the team’s overall disappointment, Arcia’s solid rookie campaign was somewhat swept under the rug in 2013.
Arcia was signed by the Twins as an amateur free agent in 2007, and began playing in the club’s minor league system at the age of 17. Spending parts of six years as a highly touted minor league prospect, Arcia made his major-league debut in August of last season, and didn’t disappoint.
Through 97 big-league games, Arcia showcased his impressive abilities at the plate in 2013. Able to hit consistently for average or power, he put up 14 home runs, 43 RBI and a .251/.304/.430 line last season.
Minnesota will highlight a series of offseason moves in 2014, and hopes to once again compete for an AL Central title. Locked in as an Opening Day starter, Arcia should continue to build on the foundation he set last season, and play a major role in the Twins’ revitalization process.
Already this spring, Arcia has produced a .321/.364/.571 line with one home run, four RBI and eight runs scored through 11 games. Of players on Minnesota’s expected 25-man roster, Arcia has easily shown the most promise so far this spring, and appears extremely confident at the plate.
At only 22 years old, Arcia brings a fiery attitude to a Twins squad that often lacks excitement, and seems to have a long career ahead of himself. Expect Arcia to breakout of his prospect label in 2014, and don’t be surprised if he puts up 25 homers within a .300+/.350+/.450+ line.