Friday, May 22, 2009

Toronto Blue Jays Prospect: J.P. Arencibia

After a slow start to his season with the Las Vegas 51's, the Blue Jays "catcher of the future" J.P. Arencibia is tearing the cover off the baseball in his last 10 contests, looking very impressive as he adjusts to playing at the AAA level.

Arencibia has 5 home runs and 14 RBI in his last 10 games, putting together a scorching .389 average in just 36 at bats. On the campaign, he has 7 dingers and 26 RBI. Always lauded for his offensive prowess, Arencibia has improved on his once perceived weakness, his defense. It's still a work in progress, however, as he has 7 errors this season.

Originally selected 21st overall in the 2007 draft out of Tennessee, the 23 year old backstopper has elevated in the Jays system. With Raul Chavez now the back-up catcher for the Jays (after Michael Barrett went down in April with a shoulder injury), it might just take one injury to either himself or incumbent Rod Barajas for the organization to give a look to their #1 prospect behind the plate.

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