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bkucko
04-28-2012, 11:42 PM
Oswaldo Arcia - OF - Bats L - Throws R - 6'0" 221 - Born May 9, 1991 - On 40 Man Roster
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Oswaldo Arcia was signed out of Venezuela as a 16 year old in 2007. He started his professional career in 2008 as a 17 year old in the Domincan Summer League. He has since played in the Gulf Coast League (2009), Appalachian League (2010), Midwest League (2011) and Florida State League (2011-12). He has struggled with injuries the past year, but is a consistent name in the lineup this year for Ft. Myers.

Baseball America ranked him #18 Twins prospect after 2009 season, #9 prospect after 2010 season and most recently after the 2011 season ranked him #5 after Miguel Sano, Joe Benson, Eddie Rosario, and Aaron Hicks. He was also ranked the Appalachian League #3 prospect in 2012 and the Florida State League #15 prospect in 2011. In the 2012 Prospect Handbook John Manuel had this to say about Arcia:

Though Arcia has yet to get past Class A, Minnesota has protected him on its 40-man roster because he has one of the system's most potent bats. He won Appalachian League MVP honors in 2010 after hitting .375/.424/.672 to top the circuit in all three categories. He hurt his right elbow last year, limiting him to DH duty in April and requiring surgery that sidelined him for two months, but he held his own at Fort Myers once he returned. With a lefthanded stance that evokes Bob Abreu, he has the strength and bat speed to make hard contact to all fields. He has plus raw power and doesn't need to square balls up to drive them. Unlike Abreu, Arcia doesn't dra a lot of walks. He has slowed down as he has gotten bigger and stronger, necessitating a move from center field to right. He regained his plus arm strength after the surgery and remains raw defensively. Arcia is pushing his way into Minnesota's big league picture sooner than later. For 2012, Arcia will start back at Fort Myeres and make his way to Double-A at some point.

Baseball Prospectus's Kevin Goldstein also ranked him #5 in the system after the same four players BA had (Sano, Rosario, Benson, Hicks). Here is Goldstein's recap of Arcia:

Tools Profile: His plus hit and power tools trump his other weaknesses.

Year in Review: This young Venezuelan was off to a tremendous start at Low-A Beloit, but he was slowed in the second half as he recovered from elbow surgery.

The Good: Arcia is among the best pure hitters in the system. He has bat speed and a good feel for contact, to go with above-average power. He's not special in the outfield, but hardly a liability, and his arm strength is expected to return to average status.

The Bad: Arcia has a roundish build and isn't especially athletic. He's a below-average runner and doesn’t have enough arm for right field, so he'll need to hit. He's very aggressive at the plate, especially early in the count, and needs to work on his on-base skills.

Ephemera: All five of Arcia's Midwest League home runs came at home, where he hit .383/.442/.787 in 12 games.

Perfect World Projection: He could be an everyday corner outfielder who hits in the middle of the lineup.

Fantasy Impact: He could be a slugger who delivers in both the average and power categories.

Path to the Big Leagues: Arcia is young enough that returning to High-A to begin 2012 doesn't affect his development.

ETA: 2014

His stats so far in 2012 (up through 4/27) are as follows:



Year
Age
Tm
Lg
Lev
Aff
G
PA
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
CS
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS
TB
GDP
HBP
SH
SF
IBB


2012
21
Fort Myers
FLOR
A+
MIN
15
66
56
3
13
2
2
1
4
1
0
7
21
0.232
0.323
0.393
0.716
22
2
1
1
1
1




Per the Adopt-a-Prospect requirements I will be updating at least once a week on Arcia's progress both statistically and what I've seen on the interwebs, twitter machine, podcasts, etc. He is obviously a bright young star in the system. He is in a crowded group of young Outfield prospects, and needs to set himself apart, though his 2012 numbers are showing some difficulties with that. As Goldstein and BA mentioned, he will likely rise through the system quickly, but needs to turn things around before getting the call to New Britain

bkucko
05-01-2012, 11:39 PM
Oswaldo Arcia had a good night at the plate tonight for Ft. Myers playing against Palm Beach.

He goes 3-4 with a Triple and a run.

After starting the season batting .182 with 2 XBH (1 2B, 1 3B), 1 Run, 1 RBI, 16 SO and 6 walks in the first 9 games, he has picked it up in the last 10. He has hit .342 with 5 XBH (2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR) 4 R, 3 RBI and 9 strikeouts to 2 walks. Still definitely could work on his plate discipline, but as the scouting report from BA said, he has struggled with that early on in his career. If he has a good month of May, I could see him being promoted to New Britain sometime in June. He needs to stay healthy and continue to hit, and then that outfield could have Hicks and Arcia in it.

bkucko
05-18-2012, 11:16 PM
It's been too long since I've updated.

Arcia the last two games is starting to heat up going 4-9, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO.

His last 10 he's hitting .357/.378/.619 and a .997 OPS.

His May OPS is .991 compared to his .713 OPS in April.

In yesterday's Future Shock on Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein mentioned Arcia and said this about his recent performance:
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (High-A Ft. Myers): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI. .972 OPS in May and .304/.360/.472 overall. Needs to hit as other tools are a bit flat.

Continue to hit like this, and he should be promoted to New Britain in the 2nd half.

bkucko
05-27-2012, 09:20 PM
Quick update on Mr. Arcia:

Still in Hi A Fort Myers. On 5/27 he went 3-3 with a HR (4th), 1 RBI, 1 Run, 1 BB.

Past 10 games he has hit .282/.333/.538 for a .872 OPS. He has 2 HR, 4 2B, 7 RBI, 5 R and 3/7 BB/K ratio.

Likely to stick at Ft. Myers until at least the All-Star break. With all the movement of OF in the High Minors (Benson, Tosoni, Clete Thomas, Mastroianni) he will likely stay put until they find a definite spot for all the moving spots up in AA/AAA.

Keep an eye on Arcia as he continues to hit and will hopefully move up quickly.

greengoblinrulz
05-27-2012, 10:46 PM
massive splits for Arcia thru Memorial Day
vs RHP 106AB .349/.403/.594
vs LHP 58AB .207/.258/.293

2 yrs @ Ft Myers
101gm 377ABs .278/.324/.472 27doubles 5 triples 12hr 53rbi 95k 23bb

righty8383
06-03-2012, 12:47 PM
4-5 last night with a HR and a double. 2 run homer in his 1st AB today. The guy has been sizzling lately! Now the question is, how much more of this will it take to start talking promotion?

Seth Stohs
06-03-2012, 01:52 PM
I think if he can show any semblance of competency against LHP, he could move up quickly.

bkucko
06-04-2012, 11:11 PM
Oswaldo Arcia was announced today as the Florida State League Player of the Week. His numbers for that week:

12-21 - .571 AVG
1 2B
3 HR
7 RBI
5 R
4 BB
2 SO

Good power and patience, but to Seth's point, this season thus far against LHP he is hitting .193/.258./.281 with 2 XBH. He needs to improve that and he should be well on his way to New Britain.

greengoblinrulz
06-04-2012, 11:21 PM
did not play for Ft Myers Monday nite & New Brit was off.....could there be a promotion

Seth Stohs
06-04-2012, 11:22 PM
Fortunately, a greater percentage of pitchers are right-handed, so at least he's on the better end of a platoon split. He's very similar to Jason Kubel in that way.

Seth Stohs
06-04-2012, 11:22 PM
did not play for Ft Myers Monday nite & New Brit was off.....could there be a promotion

He was sick... no promotion as of today.

bkucko
06-18-2012, 08:47 AM
The day has finally come - according to Ft. Myers Miracle's tweet Oswaldo Arcia (along with former St. Paul Saint and 28 year old Daniel Sattler) have been promoted to New Britain! No game tonight for the Rock Cats, so Arcia could make his AA debut on Tuesday, June 19th!

Chance
06-18-2012, 09:01 AM
About time! My goodness! Now let someone play in his place for a week or two then throw buxton in there. I no I no that's not going to happen. But hey I can dream can't I?

Seth Stohs
07-17-2012, 12:01 AM
And since this time... He has been selected for and played in the Futures Game. In the game, he went 1-2 with a double off of Jameson Taillon. He's not hitting over .300 with the Rock Cats and tonight he hit a walk-off, 3-run homer to end Game 1 of a doubleheader. He had 4 hits in the two games.

greengoblinrulz
07-21-2012, 12:54 AM
28 gms in AA vs 55 in High A but already has scored more runs (27-22) & more rbi (32-31)
Shows what a guy can do with Aaron Hicks/Chris Herrmann hitting ahead of him & Chris Collabello/Evan Bigley hitting behind.
10/36 off lefties is a great sign (.278BAve) w/.444slgg

stringer bell
07-21-2012, 08:04 AM
28 gms in AA vs 55 in High A but already has scored more runs (27-22) & more rbi (32-31)
Shows what a guy can do with Aaron Hicks/Chris Herrmann hitting ahead of him & Chris Collabello/Evan Bigley hitting behind.
10/36 off lefties is a great sign (.278BAve) w/.444slggAhead of Benson? As far as hitting, it looks like Arcia is and will continue to be a better hitter than Benson. I presume he is a corner guy/DH whereas Benson has the tools to be a CF, but if Arcia has the better bat I think that trumps the defense and speed that Benson offers.

Chance
07-21-2012, 08:05 AM
If... If span is traded, you have to think that he could make the jump. He has a couple outfield assists also

greengoblinrulz
08-04-2012, 10:43 PM
Oswaldo had a pretty bad week goin 0 for last 14 & 1 for last 21 before getting a nite off SAT.
Dropped his average to .301 & slgg dropped under .500 to .484

greengoblinrulz
08-05-2012, 08:15 PM
We mentioned this in another thread, but Im a lil surprised looking at Arcia's positions in OF that he hasnt played LF since GCL (2gms only). He has 40gms in CF in last 3yrs....all of rest in RF
Wouldnt you want your OF prospects to play all 3 positions.
At least Benson(who many think is best defensively) has played all 3 positions.....tho only 25gms in LF in almost 600gms (425 in CF)

greengoblinrulz
08-16-2012, 05:37 PM
Think its funny that many people have Arcia as 4th/5th best prospect in organiation right now (I do also for that matter).

Oz wont get enough ABs to qualify for any of the Eastern Lg titles, but with his 51 AAgms he would currently
lead the league in BAve w/.337 (2 players at .322)
lead the league in OBP w/ .412 (Chien Hsui Chen leads in hitting & OBO @ .411)
2nd in slgg w/.556 (Readings 26yr old 1B Darin Huff @ .596....only 3 players over .500 tho)

also hitting .316/.375/.526 off lefties in 57ABs (huge weakness over first couple yrs)

gunnarthor
08-16-2012, 08:00 PM
Think its funny that many people have Arcia as 4th/5th best prospect in organiation right now (I do also for that matter).

Oz wont get enough ABs to qualify for any of the Eastern Lg titles, but with his 51 AAgms he would currently
lead the league in BAve w/.337 (2 players at .322)
lead the league in OBP w/ .412 (Chien Hsui Chen leads in hitting & OBO @ .411)
2nd in slgg w/.556 (Readings 26yr old 1B Darin Huff @ .596....only 3 players over .500 tho)

also hitting .316/.375/.526 off lefties in 57ABs (huge weakness over first couple yrs)

I'm going to be really interested to see how BA, Klaw, Goldstein etc rank him in their top 100s next year. Seems like he should be a guy making some noise but you don't read much about him nationally.

gunnarthor
08-17-2012, 02:11 PM
BA had him in today's prospect hotsheet (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2012/2613902.html): The Scoop: An elbow injury ruined Arcia's 2011 season, but that appears to only be a momentary setback in what's been an rapid rise through the minors. Arcia now carries career averages of .315/.371/.533. It's pretty impressive when you consider that he's never been old for a league he's played in. Josh Willingham has hit 30 home runs this year, but no one else in the Twins' outfield has more than three. Arcia could bring some much needed power to Minnesota in the not-to-distant future.

greengoblinrulz
08-19-2012, 01:27 PM
other numbers entering today
.444/.500/.746 with RISP in 63ABs
.459/.504/.827 with runners on base in 98ABs
.219/.324/.292 in 96ABs with nobody on base....no challenge??? Needs to up his concentration a bit
41gms since July 1st .365/.447/.615 in 148ABs 33runs 13doubles 3triples 6hr 41rbi 36k 20bb 2/4sb's

Why not promote him to ROC before the MN promotion as ROC is also in the hunt for a playoff shot, as is New Brit???
Is one organization considered more important than the other??

TRex
08-20-2012, 07:05 AM
I think the higher K-rate w/ nobody on base indicates that the pitchers throw him fewer strikes in these situations and get him to expand his strike zone. This tendency would definitely be exploited at the ML level, and I would imagine this is one of the reasons TRyan said Arcia still had things to work on.

greengoblinrulz
08-24-2012, 05:00 PM
not an Easter Lg All Star OF losing out to Aaron Hicks, Trenton's Zolio Almonte (96gms .283/.328/.507 20hr 68rbi) & Akrons Thomas Neal (110gms.310/.400/.467 12hr 51rbi).... know its about games, but doesnt this kid get ANY respect from people???

greengoblinrulz
08-26-2012, 03:36 PM
Arcia was battling an 0-21 stretch before a 2 out 9th inning grand slam to tie the game......clutch!!!!

Got a little bit of streakiness to him.....1-21 from July 28-Aug 4th but immediately followed that with a 26-56 (.464) during a 16 gm hitting streak before the 0-21