Arcia Stands Out Despite Youth—Again

Twins outfielder continues steady improvement





Best Player: The Twins aren't known for rushing players, but outfielder Oswaldo Arcia seems to be in a pretty big hurry. The youngest member of the high Class A Fort Myers Miracle was also its most feared hitter, crushing mistakes and batting .309/.376/.517 in the Florida State League, a well-known pitcher's circuit. In a lineup that included no other hitter with an OPS north of .750, Arcia stood out quite a bit, enough to earn a spot representing the Twins in the Futures Game.

"He's hit the ball hard since the day he got here," Miracle manager Jake Mauer said. "I had him in the Gulf Coast League three years ago, and he's never stopped hitting those hard line drives."

The 21-year-old Arcia, whom the Twins signed out of the Dominican Republic in July 2007, earned a mid-June promotion to Double-A New Britain, making him the youngest player on yet another team.

Biggest Leap Forward: Chad Cordero racked up 128 saves during his major league career, and Tyler Walker had 34. Give them one more save: Caleb Thielbar's career. The lefthander washed out of the Brewers system in 2011, signed with the independent St. Paul Saints, and under the tutelage of the veteran closers, he said, fixed his tendency "to get my hips out front too early, to throw with all arm."

After Thielbar demonstrated increased velocity and better control in St. Paul, the Twins signed him last summer and watched him jump two levels this spring, from Fort Myers to Triple-A Rochester, in two months, posting a combined 1.29 ERA in his first 42 innings, with 43 strikeouts and eight walks.

Biggest Disappointment: It's only been three years since Rene Tosoni took home the MVP trophy from the Futures Game, but the Twins are wondering where the Canadian outfielder's hitting prowess has gone. Tosoni seemed overmatched (.203/.275/.343) in 60 big league games last year. A bad spring sent him to Triple-A, a brutal April at Rochester got him demoted to New Britain, and he hadn't turned it around yet.

TWIN KILLINGS

• Low Class A Beloit second baseman Eddie Rosario will miss at least six weeks after being struck in the face by a line drive during batting practice, an injury that required surgery to repair his upper lip.

• With the signing of righthander Luke Bard, a supplemental first-round pick and brother of Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, the Twins brought their first 11 picks in the June draft under contract. Bard signed for $1.22 million.