Sep 26, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (31) hits a two run home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
There may be no one player that has injury concern more tied to production than Oswaldo Arcia. Having missed time during his Venezuelan Winter League for a back injury, Arcia already has some question marks heading into Spring Training. That being said, the Twins will be monitoring his situation to an extremely close extent.
In 2014, Arcia split time between Triple-A Rochester and the big club. He was unable to hit consistently at the major league level, and it wasn’t until Tom Brunansky started to make breakthroughs with Arcia that the swing started to come together. All that being said, in 103 games last season, Arcia was able to hit 20 home runs to the tune of a .231/.300/.452 line.
This season, I think Arcia is a prime candidate to see an uptick across the board. Expecting an average around .250 would be realistic, and 31 home runs should be a reachable mark for the new every day left fielder.
With five players already named as candidates to pace the Twins in home runs, there are still more players that should be seen as double-digit long ball producers. Names like Torii Hunter and Danny Santana should be realistic bets to reach double digits. Depending on the timeframe in which Miguel Sano debuts, he also could be seen as a possibility.
No matter who ends up leading the team in home runs, the Twins should have plenty of guys that work to pace an offense that was already respectable a season ago.
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