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    As I sat at Target Field on Sunday afternoon, watching a dull game play out between two of the worst teams in the majors, I was finding it difficult to kindle my interest. A lineup that included Jamey Carroll, Doug Bernier, Clete Thomas and Chris Herrmann was being shut down by a pitcher who had entered the game with an 8.07 ERA.

    I wasn't watching a good team. For the most part, I wasn't even watching the development of players who might be featured on the next good team.

    One very notable exception was the guy who broke a late-inning tie and propelled the Twins to victory, placing an exclamation point on a triumphant weekend. Oswaldo Arcia is back, and he brings electricity that the fan base needs about as badly as the lineup does.

    Arcia was sent to Triple-A in mid-July following a particularly brutal string of at-bats. The move was understandable -- he was truly out of sorts -- but it took away one of the most intriguing players on the roster. The 22-year-old outfielder had been mentioned as a Rookie of the Year candidate, and his .725 OPS at the time of his demotion still ranked among the best on the team.

    To his credit, Arcia responded very well after being sent down, raking to the tune of .375/.490/.725 in 13 games, and that was plenty to get him called right back up. He joined a Twins team that had lost four straight and helped power them to a weekend sweep over the Astros, going 5-for-12 with a triple and a decisive homer in the series.

    Arcia is a dynamic talent, and his bat instantly upgrades an offense that has been shockingly terrible. He's a big addition, and not only for the pop he brings. He also provides something far more simple, and in equally short supply: a reason to watch.
    This article was originally published in blog: Arcia Powers Up Twins Offense started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Arcia certainly commands my attention when he steps to the plate. I love his approach, he's aggressive!
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Well written. I like his competitive spirit and the fire he brings as well
    1. MarshalltheIrish's Avatar
      MarshalltheIrish -
      My favorite of the current crop of Twins rookies. Have loved watching him rack up power numbers, and while I by no means have given up on Hicks and Gibson, Arcia's command is refreshing to witness.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Hopefully Arcia is here to stay this time.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      I was there, too. Despite hitting the game winning home run, I still think there's something missing from Arcia's swing. When he first arrived, he seemed to have a tighter snap, a purer straight-line motion to the ball. Reminded me a little of vintage Albert Pujols.

      An even more encouraging sign for me was Justin Morneau's homer. That shot was a classic Morneau smash to right center, a no-doubter that may herald more of same. A few games ago up in the booth, Roy Smalley opined that Morneau's swing was getting close to what it used to be, and when it finally got back, he might start looking like his old self. Maybe this is it, boys and girls. Fingers crossed.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      Maybe this is it, boys and girls. Fingers crossed.

      Yeah. The Twins could use a nice return on him in the next month.
    1. blairpaul715's Avatar
      blairpaul715 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      I was there, too. Despite hitting the game winning home run, I still think there's something missing from Arcia's swing. When he first arrived, he seemed to have a tighter snap, a purer straight-line motion to the ball. Reminded me a little of vintage Albert Pujols.

      An even more encouraging sign for me was Justin Morneau's homer. That shot was a classic Morneau smash to right center, a no-doubter that may herald more of same. A few games ago up in the booth, Roy Smalley opined that Morneau's swing was getting close to what it used to be, and when it finally got back, he might start looking like his old self. Maybe this is it, boys and girls. Fingers crossed.
      Yea, he will get it back just in time for him to be to expensive for the Twins to sign. With that said, what would people be willing to extend to Morneau to keep him past this year, not knowing if he will get back near where we hope he will be. Do you expect him to be a 25 HR 100 RBI guy again? If we do keep him, I would try the 2 or 3 yr $10 million a yr contract , see if he would take it. I know this should probably go on another thread, if anyone wants to start one, and maybe someone already has one.
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      If Morneau was perceived as a 25HR/100RBI guy, he would be offered more than that by a winning team. Hence, watch Morneau closely, this is his last year as a Twin.
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      right now Morneau is ranked below average offensively so he would be lucky for a 1 year 5 million offer. probably less. The Yankees 1b fill in Overbay was signed to a 1 year 1.25 million and is out performing him in some areas. I wouldnt offer more than 1 year 5 million with incentives maybe.
    1. Siehbiscuit's Avatar
      Siehbiscuit -
      People around the league (around the deadline) had said he would be in the 1 year @ $2-3 million range. Little chance of a long-term deal.
    1. Dave T's Avatar
      Dave T -
      I agree, Nick. &nbsp;Arcia (and the bullpen) made the game worth watching. &nbsp;I also think Morneau will get a suitable 2-3 yr offer at the end of the season. &nbsp;Colabello is late on the fast ball, Parmalee and Plouffe are AAAA players. &nbsp;If Morneau keeps driving in runs, the Twins need him.<br>
    1. TheBigGuy7273's Avatar
      TheBigGuy7273 -
      If Arcia can produce consistantly, and the rest of the Farm hands that are on the way live up to the hype, this thing might start turning around sooner then most thought. I guess it all depends on those few prospects with the wings and how fast the younger ones like Sano and Buxton push themselves closer. Twins need pitching... starting pitching especially, and those few that are close are still at least a year or two away from being factors at the big league level.
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Can the Twins move Arcia to first base after this season? He is absolutely brutal in the field.
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      Quote Originally Posted by raindog View Post
      Can the Twins move Arcia to first base after this season? He is absolutely brutal in the field.
      I want Mauer to catch, but realistically he'll play progressively more first base as he gets older. I don't want to see Mauer take ABs from Arcia.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Was there for the series this weekend as well, couldn't agree more, Arcia was the main attraction for me. If nothing else, his bat needs to stay in the lineup every game from here on out. I swear if I see Willingam and Doumit in the outfield together when Hammer comes back and Arcia sitting.......I'm going to yell loudly at my computer....by myself....again!
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      Quote Originally Posted by raindog View Post
      Can the Twins move Arcia to first base after this season? He is absolutely brutal in the field.
      How about he works to get better at left field. He's certainly young enough to improve if he puts in the work.

      A defensively shoddy 1st baseman would be worse than the LF equivalent.

      "For I am a Rain Dog too!"
    1. Trevor0333's Avatar
      Trevor0333 -
      I can't wait for an outfield of Hicks/Buxton/Keppler with Arcia DH'ing
    1. CGNikolic's Avatar
      CGNikolic -
      Arcia is an important part of the Twins present and future, for until guys like Sano, Buxton, Walker, etc. come up we really do not have a threat in the lineup that can give Mauer the protection he deserves and needs. He has already been sent down once and has proven that he can crush minor league pitchers, so from this point forward, he has to be a future corner outfielder for the Twins. An outfield with him in left (and batting clean up or 5th in the lineup) with Buxton in center and Hicks in right (I am assuming Kepler moves to first and possibly Vargas or a FA as DH?) would suffice just fine in my book. He will have his miscues in the outfield, sure, but his bat and the defense of his "fellow associates" should more than make up for that. Add in the fact that he just turned 22 in May and seems to have the work ethic to improve all parts of his game, quickly I might add, I think sitting back and watching this kid grow into the hitter we all know he can be will be quite fun.. something I can't say for most of the team these days....
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