Oswaldo Arcia was signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 2007. He rose through the minor leagues and made his major league debut on April 15, 2013. A big man in stature, Arcia was expected to bring a strong power bat to the Twins lineup, and being only 23, develop into a feared hitter in the American League.
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While that transformation and growth has shown promise throughout Arcia’s young career, it has failed to rear its head for any extended period of time. Although that is somewhat disheartening, it definitely looks like a turnaround has started to take place.
Being a former Major League Baseball All-Star, and now employed as the Minnesota Twins hitting coach, Tom Brunansky has made it his personal goal to turn Oswaldo Arcia around, the signs are starting to show.
In September, since Arcia began a more focused approach with Brunansky, his slash line reads .293/.383/.610. He has hit four home runs, drive in nine runs, and has a strikeout to walk ratio of 13/6. With an OPS of .993, Arcia has truly brandished his power stroke, and cemented himself as a fixture in the heart of the Twins lineup.
He currently sits at 18 home runs, two away from the 20 mark, which would make him only the second Twins player to reach that plateau on the season, Brian Dozier being the other.
Despite the Twins struggles as a team, Arcia has been a bright spot in blasting home runs out of Target Field, and making sure that Minnesota brass knows he wants an every day role with the big league club next year.
As September continues to roll on, it will be on Oswaldo Arcia to continue his change of pace and hot streak, and further prove that the uptick is not simply a small sample. With Brunansky likely tied to Ron Gardenhire, and their fates going forward being up in the air, Oswaldo Arcia will continue to need to soak in what he can, and utilize each lesson he receives.
Whether cruising towards 90 losses or not, the Minnesota Twins can look at Oswaldo Arcia as a reason for hope, promise, and long balls in 2015.