Aug 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (31) dives and attempts to catch a fly ball in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Why They’ll Be Better:
A season ago, left field was occupied mainly by Josh Willingham for the Twins. However, Eduardo Nunez, Chris Parmelee, and Eduardo Escobar all spent time out there as well. This season, the position belongs to Oswaldo Arcia, and while he struggled at times in right, things should be expected to be different. Aria will have less man-made distractions in left field, and should be able to continue to focus on his improved hitting approach. While his arm strength may be somewhat nullified in the new position, he represents a vast upgrade over Willingham.
Why They’ll Be Worse:
Already this offseason we have heard of Arcia having back issues in Venezuela. With the club leaning on him heavily, an injury is going to significantly throw a wrench into the outfield plans. On top of the injury situation, Arcia probably profiles best for right field, especially in an outfield as big as Target Field. Moving to a new position, we could see many of the same gaffes that Willingham made so common a year ago.