Navigating the later rounds of your fantasy baseball draft is often the key to winning a championship.
Finding value on the cheap will allow you to spend more/draft bolder in other places.
Minnesota Twins’ right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is one player who’s primed for a breakout season and can be had for the bare minimum in fantasy drafts:
» Oswaldo Arcia, RF (current ADP: #303):
The Minnesota Twins’ farm system has some of the best young players in baseball, and Oswaldo Arcia is no exception to the rule.
Arcia, the 22-year-old from Venezuela, burst onto the major-league scene last year, smacking 14 home runs in just 97 games.
He had a sporadic season after his call up in April, getting sent back and forth between Triple-A Rochester and Minneapolis, and he even had a stint on the DL with wrist and knee issues.
But even in limited time, Arcia showed he can be a fixture in the Twins’ outfield for many, many years.
The Twins were bad last year. They finished the season 66-96 and in fourth place in the AL Central. It was the third straight season they had lost at least 96 games.
The team has a bright future, though, and Arcia will be a big part of that.
Fantasy owners are hoping that happens in 2014.
Arcia’s 14 HR led all American League rookies in 2013, and his 17 doubles were tied for fourth.
Those are huge positives.
There were definitely some drawbacks, though.
Arcia’s BB/K ratio was just 0.20. He struck out an ugly 117 times in just 351 at bats. Of course, that kind of plate discipline can be expected from a 22-year-old with just 412 minor league games under his belt.
When looking at the numbers, fantasy owners should know that he had a 78.9 percent contact rate in the minors, meaning he has shown the ability to hit for average. Also, his minor league walk rate of 8.2 percent is significantly better than the 6.1 percent he managed with the big club in 2013.
Arcia, along with top prospect Byron Buxton, are part of the new wave of youth hitting the Twin Cities. Eventually the Twins’ outfield will consist of Arcia, Buxton and Aaron Hicks, but Arcia may be the only one to be on the major league roster on Opening Day.
Right now, Oswaldo Arcia is being overlooked in fantasy baseball drafts. His current ADP of 303 has him getting selected after a backup catcher (Ryan Doumit) and the perennially injured Cameron Maybin (297). His $1 auction price can allow you to snag a 4th/5th outfielder with plus-size power and still have plenty of dough to spend elsewhere.
2014 Projections: .265/.325/.440, 22 HR, 78 RBI, 64 R, 5 SB
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