2015 Projections and Rankings: Oswaldo Arcia
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Oswaldo Arcia sped through the Twins minor league system and made his major league debut at age 21 in early 2013. He hit 17 doubles and 14 home runs in that rookie season in just 97 games. In 2014, he played in just 103 games. He hit .231/.300/.452 (.752) with 16 doubles, 20 home runs and 57 RBI.
So, what are those things that will determine whether or not Oswaldo Arcia can take a step forward in his career in 2015? He will need to make more contact. He struck out 127 times in 410 plate appearances. He’ll need to be able to control the strike zone better as he walked just 31 times. He hit right-handed pitching to the tune of an .848 OPS. However, against southpaws, he hit just .198/.261/.313 (.574). Of course, defense will also be a struggle for Arcia. He won’t have a ton of range, but more important, will he be able to take better routes than he did in right field last year?
If he can show better plate discipline and make more contact, Arcia has all the potential in the world. He has 30-homer potential and will be able to drive in a lot of runs. If he doesn’t make a couple of adjustments, we could see Eddie Rosario getting his first opportunity with the Twins.
Our Twins Daily writers made their predictions:
Seth – .255/.312/.485 (.797) with 23 doubles and 27 HR.
Nick – .265/.325/.515 (.840) with 25 doubles and 35 HR
Parker – .250/.310/.470 (.780) with 20 doubles and 25 HR
John – ..220/.290/.400 (.690) with 15 doubles and 12 HR
AL CENTRAL LEFT FIELDERS
Opponent – Player – 2015 Age – 2014 Statistics
Chicago – Melky Cabrera – 30 - .301/.351/.458 (.808) with 35 doubles, 16-HR
Cleveland – Michael Brantley – 28 - .327/.385/.506 (.890) with 45 doubles, 20-HR
Detroit – Yoenis Cespedes – 29 - .260/.301/.450 (.751) with 36 doubles, 22-HR
Kansas City – Alex Gordon – 31 - .266/.351/.432 (.783) with 34 doubles, 19-HR
AL CENTRAL LEFT FIELD RANKINGS
#1 – Alex Gordon – Kansas City
#2 – Michael Brantley – Cleveland
#3 – Melky Cabrera – Chicago
#4 – Yoenis Cespedes – Detroit
#5 – Oswaldo Arcia – Minnesota
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
Give it a little thought and then go to the comments section below and post two things. First, make your statistical projection for Oswaldo Arcia in 2015. Second, how would you rank the AL Central left fielders? Then discuss your thoughts with the rest of the Twins Daily community. Check back throughout this next week as we’ll do these same things for each of the positions.
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