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J.P. Arencibia

Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays
J.P. Arencibia
Name: Jonathan Paul Arencibia
Born: Jan 5, 1986 in Miami, FL
College: Tennessee
High School: Westminster Christian HS, Miami
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (21st overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007 (signed for $1,327,500)
Shortly after Julio Borbon broke his ankle in the preseason, Tennessee's next best hitter, Arencibia, pulled a muscle in his back and was forced out of the lineup until mid-March. He ranked with Borbon among USA Baseball's college national team's top prospects last summer after leading the team with nine home runs in 121 at-bats. Power has long been his calling card. The Miami native tied Alex Rodriguez' Westminster Christian High career record for home runs with 17 and was drafted by the Mariners in the 17th round in 2004. A potential first-rounder entering the season, Arencibia struggled offensively and behind the plate upon returning to the lineup. He's an aggressive hitter with plus power to all fields. His swing gets long and he tends to have too much of an uppercut stroke. The verdict is out on whether he'll stay behind the plate as a pro. His receiving skills are rudimentary at best, and his footwork prevents him from getting off better throws despite solid-average to plus arm strength. His stock has slipped, but he won't make it out of the second round.
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