Who AL Central LF is the best in the division?
By Brett Pnazek
No. 5: Oswaldo Arcia (Minnesota Twins)
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
Batting Average – .231
Home Runs – 20
Runs Batted In – 57
Stolen Bases – 1
Offensive Wins Above Replacement – 1.5
Defensive Wins Above Replacement – 1.4
The 2015 season marks Arcia’s third in the major leagues. Over the course of the last two season he’s played in 200 games, so he will look to play in or at least close to a full season this year. At age 23 he is the youngest of the projected left fielders as well as the most raw. He also boasts the most power potential though which makes me think he can climb this list next year.
According to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR) metrics he was at a reserve level. I don’t think he will ever be a gold glover in left field, but he can improve with more experience. In terms of his offense I think he can get to or above the 2 level which would make him more in line with starters at his position.
Arcia and the Twins are expected to go through some growing pains. The Twins seem to think highly of him as he’s been getting a good number of at bats the past two years. I’d expect him to remain the starter at left and provide some power to a lineup that seems depleted of it. He has the future potential of a cleanup hitter.
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