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.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.