August Has Been Hot, So Has Arcia
The Twins are just over a week away from playing their full slate of games in August. While the month hasn’t been notable for the club as a whole, there have been some individual performances worth noting. While the summer comes to an end, the heat hasn’t and no one has been hotter than Oswaldo Arcia during the month.
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Last night, Arcia smacked yet another home run, his third in three games. Over the month of August, Oswaldo Arcia is batting .275/.327/.686. He has hit six home runs in the month, while driving in 16 runs, and scoring nine of his own. Although his strikeouts aren’t where you’d like to see them in comparison to his walks (16/4), this is a month you can live with.
As a rookie last year, Arcia hit just north of the .250 mark and homered 14 times across 97 games. Barring some incredible fluke, he should easily surpass that mark, possibly tying it tonight.
As the Twins look to 2015 and beyond, Oswaldo Arcia has to be at the center of their plans. Signed by the Twins out of Venezuela in 2007, Arcia has always been on the Twins radar as a rising prospect.
The difference between Arcia hitting in the .230 range as he is this year, and the .250 mark he posted last year is small. While that difference doesn’t measure immensely, it separates him as a hitter. If Arcia can continue his power stroke and work towards being a .250 hitter, he has an argument to lay claim as one of the most dangerous batters in the American League.
Oswaldo Arcia has a powerful swing, a strong arm, and the ability to be apart of the Twins rise back to the top. The execution of utilizing those tools is on him, and if August is any indication, it looks like he is all in.