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J.P. Arencibia

J.P. Arencibia

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JP Arencibia

Position(s):
C, DH
Born:
January 5, 1986
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
210 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-07-2010 with TOR

Jonathan Paul (J. P.) Arencibia (born January 5, 1986 in Miami, Florida) is an American professional baseball catcher with the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.

College Career

Arencibia attended the University of Tennessee up until his draft day selection by Toronto in 2007.[1] Prior to the 2007 draft questions arose whether Arencibia would stick as a catcher or whether a move to first base would be in order for him. After the draft the Blue Jays decided to keep him at the catcher's position and work with him on his defense.

Professional Career

JP ArencibiaArencibia was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays 21st overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] He was assigned to Toronto's Low A ball affiliate, the Auburn Doubledays of the New York - Penn League. Arencibia struggled during the early part of the season but hit well during the stretch and into the playoffs, helping the Doubledays win the NY-Penn League championship. He began the 2008 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. By the FSL all-star break, he led the league or was near the top in many offensive categories, finishing the first half of the season batting .315 with 13 homers, 22 doubles and 62 RBI. He was named as the starting catcher for the Eastern Division in the FSL All-Star Game.

After the game, the Blue Jays promoted him to their AA team, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League. During the off-season of 2008, Arencibia took part in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Since 2009 Arencibia has been playing for the Las Vegas 51s, the Blue Jays' AAA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.[2]

Arencibia was promoted to the major leagues on August 4, 2010 with a batting average of .303 and leading the PCL with 31 HRs. He was called up to replace the injured John Buck, who had been placed on the 15 day disabled list for a right thumb laceration.[3] He started in his first major league game for the Toronto Blue Jays on August 7, 2010 against the Tampa Bay Rays. In his first at-bat, Arencibia hit a 2-run home run on the first pitch from James Shields, becoming the 28th player in history to hit a home run on his first major league pitch.[4] In his following plate appearances, he hit a double, a single and then a solo home run and received a curtain call from the fans at the Rogers Centre while finishing the game just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Arencibia is the fifth player ever to hit two home runs in his first game.[5] Arencibia also became the first person in the modern era with 4 hits and 2 home runs in a major league debut; he is also the first Blue Jay to have four hits in a debut, and the first Blue Jay since Junior Felix to hit a home run on his first at bat.[6]

On August 18, 2010, Arencibia was optioned back to AAA Las Vegas to make room for the return of John Buck from the disabled list.[7] He was recalled from Las Vegas on September 1.[8]

2011 Season

JP ArencibiaArencibia was the starting catcher at the Blue Jays' home opener. He hit the team's first home run of the season, a 2-run homer to deep center. He finished the night with 2 home runs and a triple.[9] On May 7, he broke up Justin Verlander's perfect game, being walked after a 12 pitch at-bat. [10] On June 3 against the Baltimore Orioles, Arencibia hit his first career grand slam in an 8-4 victory. As of June 4, Arencibia led all major league rookies with 9 home runs, which is already a Blue Jays club record, surpassing the previous record of five, shared by Pat Borders (1988) and Greg Myers (1990). [11]

In a game against the Kansas City Royals on August 25, Arencibia hit his 20th home run of the season, tying the single season record for home runs by Blue Jays catchers (John Buck hit 20 in 2010).[12] While playing at home against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 29, Arencibia stole a base, his first career stolen base on his first attempt.

References

   1. ^ MLB.com 2007 Draft Tracker
   2. ^ a b Greene, Ryan (April 21, 2009). "Jays’ top catching prospect Arencibia looks to continue rapid rise". Las Vegas Sun. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/apr/21/arencibia-042109/. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
   3. ^ "Time to shine". Rogers Sportsnet. 4 August 2010. http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/2010/08/04/buck_dl/?source=headlines. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
   4. ^ Justin Piercy (7 August 2010). "Jays' Arencibia debuts to rave reviews". CBC Sports. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/story/2010/08/07/sp-jparencibia.html. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
   5. ^ "Curtain call". Rogers Sportsnet. 7 August 2010. http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/2010/08/07/jays_arencebia/. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
   6. ^ "J.P. Arencibia sparks Blue Jays' homer parade with 2 in first MLB game". ESPN. 7 August 2010. http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=300807114. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
   7. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=330955
   8. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=332347
   9. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=360447
  10. ^ http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_05_07_detmlb_tormlb_1&mode=recap&c_id=tor
  11. ^ http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_05_24_tormlb_nyamlb_1&mode=preview&vkey=preview_web_away&c_id=tor
  12. ^ Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays - August 25, 2011

External links

  J. P. Arencibia on Twitter

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