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Twins call up top prospect Oswaldo Arcia for a brief stay

Apr 15, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Wilkin Ramirez is away from the team on paternity leave and to fill his roster spot the Twins have called up outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia for his big-league debut.

As discussed on my Twins-centric podcast last night it’s a little odd, because Ramirez will be back after one or two games and the assumption is that Arcia will then return to Triple-A. So why call up a 21-year-old top prospect for his first taste of the majors if it’s only going to last 48 hours? I suppose “why not” is an acceptable answer.

Either way, Arcia is starting in left field and batting sixth tonight against the Angels after hitting .414 with three homers in nine games at Triple-A, so it’ll give Twins fans a reason to watch. Prior to the season he ranked 41st on Baseball America‘s list of top prospects and I rated him as the third-best prospect in the Twins’ stacked farm system.

  1. hcgraves - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Hopefully he fairs better than Aaron Hicks. Yikes

    • raybrower - Apr 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      What would one have to do to be worse than Aaron Hicks thus far? I guess he could walk up to the plate without a bat. Even then….

  2. twonis - Apr 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    The real question is why did they wait so long?

  3. mnwildfan15 - Apr 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Bring up Buxton while your at it, why? Why not?

  4. albertmn - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Could it be Hicks going down in 48 hours instead of Arcia? Keeping Hicks starting and batting leadoff helps no one, not Hicks, not the Twins, no one.

  5. hcgraves - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Could it be Hicks going down in 48 hours instead of Arcia? Keeping Hicks starting and batting leadoff helps no one, not Hicks, not the Twins, no one

    Couldn’t agree more. The Twins really aren’t that bad. Pitching is brutal though.

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