MINNEAPOLIS Sometimes it's hard to remember that Oswaldo Arcia is just 22 years old. At the plate, the Twins rookie rarely shows his age.
Just 21 games into his major league career, Arcia has already drawn comparisons to the late, great Kirby Puckett for a similar approach at the plate. Puckett rarely saw a pitch he didn't like, and that's been the case with Arcia. Through Monday, that aggressive approach has led to a .299 average with three homers and 12 RBI.
Not bad for a kid who just turned 22 last week.
"Right now he kind of looks like he's in that Kirby Puckett type swing, 'Thou shall not pass at an offering,'" Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Arcia. "He does that very well. I'm not going to hold him back. He's going to take some swings. He's going to learn a little bit. He's going to get beaten up by a few pitchers here and there, but he's also going to hurt them a little bit, too."
Hurting opposing pitchers is what Arcia has done throughout his professional baseball ...