Posted 22 June 2014 - 11:34 PM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:16 AM
He's not going to fight out of the slump by sitting on the bench, and the Twins can't continue to let him flail away out there. He's just not focused, swinging at everything regardless of location, like a left-handed hitting Delmon Young. Whether he's conquered AAA or not, he's got to get his head on straight.
Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:25 AM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:58 AM
Arcia's problems actually started before he turned his ankle. I think a macho contest started right about the day that Morales arrived, along with Josimil Pinto and all the Latin boys hitting well at the same time. Right about then Arcia got into a mindset like he was in not just a home run contest, but a "see who can hit the longest home run" contest. It culminated in his massive grand slam, and since then he's been trying to hit the moon with every swing.
Get it under control, Oswaldo. A 500-foot homer doesn't count any more than one that barely clears the fence - ask Brian Dozier, a guy that's way ahead of you in home runs. Dozier is a perfect example of a guy that has been doing a great job of reading the situation, then being ready to turn on just the right pitch with an aggressive, but not crazy hard swing. Dozier is going to finish ahead of Arcia in home runs this year, and the harder Arcia swings, the farther he will fall behind the second baseman.
Edited by jimbo92107, 23 June 2014 - 09:01 AM.
Posted 23 June 2014 - 09:17 AM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 09:30 AM
AAA isn't a solution. Arcia must solve this problem himself. Bench him--and leave him there (except for pinch-hitting and spot duty (resting a starter for a game) until his replacement proves unworthy or Willingham leaves. Competition for a regular job reopens next Spring training.
How does leaving him rot on the bench solve anything for Arcia or the Twins?
Posted 23 June 2014 - 09:53 AM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:03 AM
Once he becomes more disciplined at the plate, I think he will be fine. But until then, we will see some struggles. Keep in mind that he only has 493 MLB at-bats. Many players need 1200-2000 at bats to blossom. He may need 1000 more at bats to blossom himself.
Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:38 AM
If it isn't the ankle, then get him out there and let him swing through his struggles. Maybe drop down a bunt for a hit or concentrate on blasting it right up the middle instead of trying to turn on everything. That's how most professional hitters bust a slump. Try to cream the pitcher with a line drive.
Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:16 AM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:21 AM
If he goes back to swinging at everything and missing. Then something will have to be done.
He's gotta quit trying to put every ball he swings at in a different zip code.
Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:38 AM
He's only 16 hitless at-bats away from tying the all-time worst streak in baseball history of 47, set by Eugenio Velez a few years ago for the Dodgers. I say we ride it out and see how close he gets to the record.
Batted .000 in 2011 in 40 PA, so must have carried over some ABs from the SF Giants in 2010, for whom he batted a respectable .256 over four seasons.
Posted 23 June 2014 - 12:37 PM
I don't know what I'd do. I'd probably leave him up here, and ride it out. But man, that's a tough call for him and for the team this year.
Posted 23 June 2014 - 01:59 PM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 03:00 PM
Am I looking at the same Arcia that everyone else is? Yes, he has power when he makes solid contact. However, that solid contact is very streaky. I actually see him as a .200 hitter that may get 20 homeruns. He has some real holes in his swing that major league pitchers recognize. I fear his plate discipline may not get a whole lot better. With some good minor league hitters coming up, why not put him on the trading block? If he is as good as everyone believes he should bring some real value.
He's 23. Most players his age are in Double-A or Triple-A. Remember what Carlos Gomez looked like at the plate when he was 23?
Posted 23 June 2014 - 03:09 PM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 03:52 PM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:09 PM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 09:50 PM
Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:59 PM
His struggle right now is against LHP and the Twins should show patience and develop the ability to work with struggling young players at the major league level. Without that, what are we going to do with Sano and Buxton, Rosario and others when they come up? Continue to bounce them back and forth if they go through a slump?
Posted 24 June 2014 - 12:04 AM
450 foot homers look nice but count for no more than the 380 foot ones.
Fly ball distance does matter. The guys who hit longer fly balls will hit more home runs. Its why a guy like Dozier, sadly, probably won't keep pace with Jose Bautista very long, even though both players have 15 HRs atm.
Also Joe Mauer cca. 2009