DETROIT -- The Twins announced outfielder Oswaldo Arcia as their 2012 Sherry Robertson Award winner (Minor League Player of the Year) and right-hander B.J. Hermsen as their Jim Rantz Award winner (Minor League Pitcher of the Year) on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Arcia, the Twins' No. 5 overall prospect, began the year with Class A Fort Myers, where he played in 55 games and hit .309 with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 31 RBIs. He made the jump to Double-A New Britain and continued his success, posting a .328 batting average. Overall, he finished the season batting .320 between the two leagues with 17 home runs and 98 RBIs.
"He's ahead of the game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He definitely knows how to take some hacks up there. He's fun to watch, and we saw that in Spring Training. He has no fear. He's a good one. He's going to be a good player."
Hermsen, the Twins' No. 14 overall prospect, also started the year in Fort Myers, but it proved to be a brief stay. In four starts, the 22-year-old was 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA, earning him a promotion to the Rock Cats by the end of April. The Twins' sixth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft went 11-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 22 starts at Double-A.
"Great numbers between two clubs again, so congratulations for him," Gardenhire said. "That's fantastic. We start looking at all our big-type prospects lists. He's not listed on the ones the Internet throws out there, but things like that put you on it."
The pair will be recognized with the other Twins' award winners on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, during the eighth annual Diamond Awards Dinner at Target Field.