Twins left fielder Oswaldo Arcia is headed to the disabled list with a hip injury and to replace him on the roster they’ve called up 23-year-old outfield prospect Eddie Rosario from Triple-A.
Not so long ago Rosario was viewed as a very good prospect, frequently making top-100 lists, but he was suspended for the first 50 games of last season following a positive drug test and has struggled since returning.
Last season he hit just .237 with eight homers and a 68/17 K/BB ratio in 79 games at Double-A on the way to a .672 OPS. He’s been almost exactly as bad this season at Triple-A, hitting .242 with three homers, a 17/5 K/BB ratio, and a .659 OPS in 23 games. He also hit .233 with a 9/0 K/BB ratio in 17 spring training games, yet the Twins touted his performance throughout camp in what was apparently foreshadowing for this move.
Aaron Hicks, a former top prospect playing much better than Rosario in the same Triple-A outfield, was bypassed for the call-up. It’s also tough timing for Arcia, who’d been playing better of late and was hitting .276 with two homers and a .718 OPS in 19 games overall this season at age 24.