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
Position Player: Oswaldo Arcia
Although he feels like he has been around for a while now, Arcia has played in the majors for only two season, and he has not been with the big league club the entirety of the season in either of them. That changes in 2015. With only his back issues to hold him back, Arcia should break out, and in a big way. His bat started to look scary through working with Tom Brunansky at the end of the 2014 season, and that has carried over into winter league play.
Over the final month of the season, Arcia hit .263/.330/.513 and mashed six home runs while driving in 14 runners. Expecting that to continue in 2015 should be the case. Arcia likely will pace the Twins in home runs, and should be amongst their best in slugging. If he can cut down on even a few of his strikeouts, the balls put into play will only elevate his game even further. With fewer distractions to worry about in left field, Arcia should have an easier time playing the field and a better opportunity to focus on hitting.
Minnesota is poised to turn things around in 2015, and they will need new contributors if they are going to do so. As the Twins continue to climb through the ever competitive AL Central, it will be on the development of the youth already slated to start on the 25 man roster that pave the way.
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