Twins Prospect Spotlight: Luis Arraez
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins DailyThe first thing that comes to mind with Luis Arraez is his hand-eye coordination. The thing that makes this guy special is his ability to square up the ball. In 354 career minor league games, Arraez has a .331 batting average.
He's an incredibly tough out. Among a sample of 885 qualified minor league hitters, Arraez has the eighth-lowest strikeout rate (8.4%) and the sixth-lowest swinging strike rate (3.9%) this season. One big development this year has been that he's posting a career-high 10.6% walk rate. Tough to pitch to a guy who always makes contact and is becoming more stubborn about expanding the zone.
There aren't any especially loud tools beyond his ability to hit for contact, but he's a well-rounded ballplayer and is a person who makes a big impact everywhere he goes. Arraez is an animated guy and seems like a bit of a character. People really seem to take a liking to him everywhere he goes.
Amazing contact skills, big personality ... sounds like another guy currently on the Twins. I've started calling Arraez "Tortugito" due to those similarities to Willians Astudillo. Don't worry, Luis is much faster. Ha!
Here is some video of the 22-year-old infielder that shows off some of his quirky personality in addition to his skills on the diamond.
Like I said in the intro, a lot of the Twins Daily community is plenty familiar with Luis by now. I want to hear from you. Let me know how you feel about him getting the call, what you expect or share any observations you may have had along the way.
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