by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Twins rookie right fielder Oswaldo Arcia continued his torrid stretch at the plate Friday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. It was Arcia's third straight multi-hit game and eighth straight game with at least one hit.
Arcia has gone 8 of 14 over his last three games to boost his batting average to .319 over 69 at-bats.
Oswaldo Arcia surging up the rankings
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/10/2013) The Twins' promotion of outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia to the majors in mid-April could have been a big deal in Fantasy, but two questions kept it from moving the needle: Will he get consistent at-bats, and will he survive the jump at age 22 after only 10 games at Triple-A?
Considering he has started 17 of the team's 20 games since arriving in the majors, the answer to the first question is a resounding "yes." He seems to have overtaken Chris Parmelee as the preferred option in right field. And with 16 hits in his last 11 games, he's doing his best to relieve all doubts about his major-league readiness.
Thursday's performance was the tipping point for me. Arcia had two hits, including his third homer, to bring his batting average up to .313 and his OPS up to .900. In parts of six minor-league seasons, he hit .316 with a .912. And he took to pretty much every level right away, much like he's doing now.
I've already moved him up to 68th in my outfield rankings, and he could rise from there. Given his upside, I'd make a play for him in any league where I was hurting for offense.
Oswaldo Arcia's hit streak at seven games
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia continued his strong run Thursday, leading the team to a series win over the Red Sox.
Arcia extended his hitting streak to seven games, and he did so via his first game with multiple extra-base hits. Arcia tripled and scored in the fifth inning, and then provided the winning margin with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his third of the season. He went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs in a 5-3 win.
After a slow start, Arcia has gotten acclimated to the majors. He is batting .313 with a .900 on-base plus slugging percentage in 64 at bats. The 22-year-old has driven in 11 runs while scoring eight.
Oswaldo Arcia turns focus to making contact
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013)Oswaldo Arcia's four-hit performance Wednesday against the Red Sox was the 26th time in Twins' history a rookie accomplished the feat, according to The Star Tribune. Arcia is off to a promising start in May, hitting safely in all six of his appearances and batting .435 (10 for 23) in that span.
Arcia's recent success can be attributed to his ability to hit to all fields.
"Today I was trying to put the ball in play and just try to take it easy," Arcia said, with teammate Wilkin Ramirez acting as a translator. "In the past I tried to hit home runs. Today I came with a different approach and tried to hit the ball the other way."
Oswaldo Arcia raises average to .300
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia recorded a four-hit night Wednesday as Minnesota pounded out 20 hits in a 15-8 win in Boston.
Batting seventh, Arcia went 4 for 5 that included a fifth-inning double that scored Trevor Plouffe for a 14-6 lead. He also scored in the game.
The 21-year-old Arcia raised his average to .300 with the four hits as he's now recorded at least one hit in six straight games, including three doubles.
Oswaldo Arcia given day to rest
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) The Twins gave outfielder Oswaldo Arcia a rest on Saturday in Cleveland. After playing 12 straight games since being recalled for Darin Mastroianni, Arcia got his first rest, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
After starting a little slowly, Arcia has gone 8 for 26 (.308) over his last seven games with a homer and five RBI.
Oswaldo Arcia showing power potential
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (5/1/2013) Since his callup just over two weeks ago, Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has not gained much popularity in Fantasy, and his early stat line doesn't exactly scream, "waiver claim!" Behind the .216/.275/.405 slash line are some signs that Arcia will hold his own in the majors and in deeper Fantasy formats.
Arcia has struck out nine times in 37 at-bats, which is not a particularly good rate, but it's roughly in line with what he's done in the minors. More encouraging is the fact that 12 of his 28 hit balls (43 percent) have been flies, two of which were homers and only one of which was a popup. Arcia has also smacked six line drives, so he's been able to square up the ball when he makes contact.
Even with a worse-than-average strikeout rate, Arcia should see some improvement in his batting average, and he is playing every day. The early returns suggest that Arcia can be a decent power source, so owners in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues need to see if they can make room for him.
Oswaldo Arcia hits three-run homer in ninth inning
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Twins rookie outfielder Oswaldo Arcia hit a three-run home run with his team down 4-0 in the ninth inning Friday against the Rangers, but his team ultimately took the loss. It was Arcia's second home run of the year, with the other also coming with two men on base.
Oswaldo Arcia getting some at-bats
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/23/2013) So Oswaldo Arcia hit his first career homer Tuesday -- a three-run shot in the fourth inning against Marlins phenom Jose Fernandez. It was bound to happen.
Of greater interest to me is the fact he was making his third-straight start -- two at DH and one in right field. While he's in the majors, the Twins are making a point to get the top prospect's bat in the lineup, prioritizing him over Ryan Doumit and Chris Parmelee.
That's reason enough to take a flier on Arcia in AL-only or even 16-team mixed leagues. Who knows? A couple more home runs and he might displace Parmelee entirely.
Oswaldo Arcia hits first home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia hit the first home run of his major-league career Tuesday.
In the fourth inning, Arcia took the first pitch over the right field wall for a three-run home run. Arcia has started three straight games and could force his way into a role if he starts hitting.
Be ready to pounce on Oswaldo Arcia
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/17/2013) This time, with Darin Mastroianni on the DL, Oswaldo Arcia's stint in the majors should last more than just a day, which means this time, he's likely to contribute.
If he had more experience in center field, I'd expect him to replace Aaron Hicks there, but since he doesn't, I suspect he'll cut into both Chris Parmelee's and Ryan Doumit's at-bats. But enough to make him relevant in standard mixed leagues?
I wouldn't go that far just yet. But if his minor-league numbers translate to the majors, it's only a matter of time before he's playing right field full-time.
Twins yo-yo Oswaldo Arcia back up
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Scott White lamented Oswaldo Arcia's all-too-brief major-league debut last Monday, so he should be happy with at least a portion of Tuesday's developments. The Twins lost a pair of players to injury, but that opened up an opportunity for Arcia to return to the majors.
Arcia has done nothing but hit as a prospect, posting a .913 on-base plus slugging percentage in 1,445 at bats. Maybe the youngster can get some everyday at-bats. The Twins are not getting much from their outfield right now, and it would make little sense to call up a top prospect only to let him waste on the bench.
Arcia's upside is high, but he is unproven and in possession of a less-than-defined role. Still, he has the kind of bat that is worth a flier in AL-only Fantasy formats.
Twins recall Oswaldo Arcia again
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) The Twins recalled outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester following Tuesday's contest against the Angels.
Arcia was called up Monday and sent back down Tuesday after Wilkin Ramirez returned from paternity leave. Now that Ramirez is hurt and the Twins have placed Darin Mastroianni on the disabled list, manager Ron Gardenhire decided to bring back the 21-year-old in less than 24 hours.
Arcia went 1 for 3 with a single in his lone appearance in the majors Monday.
Oswaldo Arcia's wild ride the start of something?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/16/2013) Twins outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia lasted only one day in the majors, getting sent back to Triple-A Rochester with Wilkin Ramirez returning from paternity leave after Monday night's game. It was an anticlimactic start to what should be a productive career.
And it showed the 21-year-old is clearly next in line should an opening develop in the Twins' outfield. You might think an organization still a ways from contending would be reluctant to promote a 21-year-old, but now the seal is broken. Arcia may be young, but he has quickly adapted to every level, batting .328 in half a season at Double-A last year. In 29 at-bats at Triple-A, he's batting .414 with three home runs.
Given Aaron Hicks' slow start, Chris Parmelee's lack of track record and Josh Willingham's injury history, I'm thinking Arcia arrives for good before the All-Star break. Now that we know the Twins won't hesitate to test him in the majors, he's as worthy of stashing as Yasiel Puig or Christian Yelich.
Oswaldo Arcia provides brief glimpse
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Even though his major-league debut lasted just three at-bats before he was optioned back to Triple-A, Twins outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia proved to be an exciting attraction Monday. The 21-year-old Arcia, regarded as the team's second-best outfield prospect by MLB.com, was the first Minnesota player to debut before age 22 since pitcher Francisco Liriano in 2005.
Arcia went 1 for 3 while patrolling left field in place of Josh Willingham, who was out with an illness. Arcia was then sent back to the minors with the anticipation of Wilkin Ramirez being activated from paternity leave.
"It was fun to watch him walk to the plate," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Oswaldo Arcia optioned after notching first hit
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia made his major-league debut on Monday at home against the Los Angeles Angels. Starting in left field and batting seventh, he recorded his first major league hit.
Arcia, who committed an error in left field, went 1 for 3 with a single. He was removed in the later innings for defensive purposes and after the game was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester.
"We wanted a guy who could swing it and he's been swinging it pretty good," manager Ron Gardenhire old MLB.com before the game. "So he'll come up here and we'll see what happens. Hopefully, he'll have some fun. The kid can hit."
Arcia, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 41) and MLB.com (No. 93), is batting .414 (12 for 29) with three home runs and eight RBI in nine games for Triple-A Rochester. He should return to the Twins at some point later in the year.
Time to pick up Oswaldo Arcia in deeper leagues
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/15/2013) The Twins recalled outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia on Monday, and he could stick around for more than the proverbial cup of coffee. He's replacing Wilkin Ramirez, who went on paternity leave, but there could be reasons for the Twins to keep Arcia around even after Ramirez returns.
It's no secret that Aaron Hicks has been a huge disappointment so far, and though Arcia is primarily a right fielder, he has played some center field in the minors, so he could replace Hicks defensively. He also hit for more power at Double-A last season than Hicks, even though he is more than a year-and-a-half younger.
It looks very much like Hicks was rushed, and he has more experience than Arcia in the upper minors. However, Arcia's bat may be more major league-ready than Hicks', so he could get an audition to take over in center field. That possibility makes Arcia worthy of a pickup in AL-only leagues.
Twins bring Oswaldo Arcia to the majors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) The Twins announced Monday they promoted outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester after placing Wilkin Ramirez on a paternity leave.
Arcia, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 41) and MLB.com (No. 93), was batting .414 (12 for 29) with three home runs and eight RBI in nine games for Rochester.
The Twins wasted no time putting Arcia in the starting lineup. He hit seventh and started in left field Tuesday against the Angels.
Twins to call up Oswaldo Arcia
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) The Twins will call up highly regarded prospect Oswaldo Arcia while outfielder Wilkin Ramirez is on paternity leave, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Arcia, 21, slugged 36 home runs in 124 games between High-A and Double-A last season with a .320/.388/.539 line. He's off to a scorching start to begin the season at Triple-A Rochester, as he is 12 for his first 29 with three homers and two doubles.
However, unless he makes a big impression early on at the major league level, Arcia is expected to return to Triple-A upon Ramirez's return from the paternity list.
Oswaldo Arcia blossoming for Twins
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Twins outfielder Darin Mastroianni is likely the first player up for Minnesota if something happens to one of its starting outfielders. Although prospect Oswaldo Arcia is getting some recognition in Triple-A. Arcia is off to a stellar start for Rochester, batting .400 (6 for 15) with two doubles, two homers and six RBI in four games.
Arcia's slash line of .315/.372/.539/.911 in the minors is impressive. He's starting to get respect and is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 41) and MLB.com (No. 93). At first it was kind of hard to tell what the Twins had since Arcia spent as much time in the trainer's room as on the field. But the scouts are starting to see as long as Arcia can stay healthy, he has the potential to have a bright future in the majors.
Oswaldo Arcia shipped to Triple-A Rochester
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) The Minnesota Twins optioned outfielder Oswaldo Arcia to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday after he appeared in just five games with the club during the spring. He posted a lowly .188 batting average and struck out eight times in 16 at-bats.
Arcia makes spring debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) Twins outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia made his spring debut Sunday against the Pirates. He had been sidelined by an intercostal strain. Arcia went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.
Arcia working way back
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/6/2013) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia told the St. Paul Pioneer Press Wednesday that he will shag fly balls for the second time this spring, as he continues to recover from a pulled intercostal muscle. Arcia will also hit in a batting cage, and hopes to be able to make his spring training debut Monday.
Arcia taking time in recovery
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/3/2013) Minnesota outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (intercostal muscle) should resume baseball activities by next week at some point, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Sunday. Arcia is one of Minnesota's top prospects.
Arcia about a week away
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) Twins general manager Terry Ryan told reporters Sunday outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who is sidelined by a pulled intercostal muscle, is about a week away from returning to action.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/15/2013) Twins outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia is enjoying a power surge playing in the Venezuela Winter League. The 21-year-old outfielder is batting just .258 through 57 games, but he has two triples, nine doubles, 10 homers and 37 RBI. He also has a .475 slugging percentage and .791 OPS. In 124 games between Class A and Double-A last season, Arcia hit .320 with eight triples, 36 doubles, 17 homers and 98 RBI. He also had a .388 on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage and .928 OPS.