21 January 2011
7. Oswaldo Arcia, outfielder, 19 years old
2010 stats: .375/.424/.672 with 67/19 K/BB in 64 games for Elizabethton Twins (Rookie)
Last year's rank: NA
Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela in July 2007
Before going absolutely berserk on opposing pitchers this season, young Arcia enjoyed two previous years of success at lower levels in the Twins' system. A mechanical mistake was nagging the outfielder's performance in the batting box, though, and was holding Arcia from even greater success.
Arcia was able to eliminate the hand-drop during his pre-swing, and exploded for an incredible triple-slash line of .375/.424/.672 with 14 home runs in the short season. According to Matthew Eddy, Arcia made this adjustment mid-season, though he struggled against south-paws (relatively speaking; Arcia's numbers against LHP are still phenomenal).
Baseball America's scouting report of Arcia claims that the 19-year old is capable of spreading the ball across all fields, so we can know his numbers aren't a product of Elizabethton's short right-field wall.
Defensively, Arcia doesn't hold any awe-inspiring skills or abilities, but should be able to hold his own in a corner outfield position. He can run well and has a strong arm, and shouldn't be a liability in a major-league outfield.
There are flaws in Arcia's game, to be sure, but focusing on those would be missing the point. Arcia is a 19-year old in a league full of 21 and 22 year olds, and he's dominating. Arcia needs more time in a batting box to learn how to better react to breaking balls, and needs to learn better balance as he progresses. Even so, there is plenty of time for Arcia to fine-tune his game, and develop his skills.
Ideal Scenerio: The Twins are in absolutely no hurry with Arcia, so the outfielder will likely spend next year between Beloit and Fort Myers, where the coaching staffs will take Arcia and mold him into a fine outfield prospect.
Path to the majors: Arica is one of many top outfield prospects in Minnesota's system, so he could be valuable trade material if the Twins solidify their major-league outfield before Arcia is ready. If there are still openings available, Arcia could see his first major-league action in 2013.
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