Oswaldo Arcia Breaks Through

Tonight’s 11-2 loss – and the 8 runs the Royals “scored” in the bottom of the 8th – galvanized my opinion about things. From Rene Tosoni‘s ill advised dive to the moment Justin Morneau squeezed his glove a split second early on Matt Tolbert‘s throw, there can now be no doubt. It’s crystal clear that the 2011 edition of the Minnesota Twins is jinxed.

At least for now …

While I can’t guarantee that this jinx has taken us to rock bottom yet, I can guarantee that at some point this year the Twins will bounce back. The breakthrough certainly hasn’t happened yet at the major league level, but it’s coming.

There was however a different kind of breakthrough this weekend. Oswaldo Arcia became the first member of the Minnesota Twins organization to appear on Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet in 2011. Actually that’s not quite true. Alex Wimmers made the “not so hot sheet” in the April 15th edition but as the section title suggests, it was not due to his success.

No Twins got a mention – good or bad – on April 22nd, so in this case the third time was the charm.

Minnesota may be an AL worst 9-17 on the year but thanks to Arcia – who came in at #4 on the list – at least we have a little Hot Sheet positivity in these dark days. Yes, he’s only 19 and yes, he’s playing for low-A Beloit but it’s something to cling to as we wait for the storm of misfortune to blow by.

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  • Thor

    What’s the biggest problem with the team?

    Relief pitching? Blown leads and also those “nuclear” innings.

    Focus meaning the errors and unearned runs?

    Hitting? Meaning, timely and clutch hitting.

    Or, even perhaps that there isn’t a dominating starter? Liriano could be. But, it doesn’t feel like that right now.

  • Wally Fish

    I don’t think the lack of a dominant starter really hurts the Twins during the regular season all that much, but it definitely impacts the their chances in the playoffs.

    Outside of that, from what I seen the answer is all of the above. A lack of focus, the bullpen, basic defensive and baserunning mistakes, lack of production at the plate, injuries, freak things, etc, all play into this team being 9-18.

    So many things have gone wrong in the season’s first month that it’s kind of staggering when you try to wrap your head around it.