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1/5/1986 (31 y, 1 m, 22 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 21, Overall: 21, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Arencibia retired from professional baseball Wednesday. (1/18/2017)
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In his second go-around in Triple-A, Arencibia was named the Pacific Coast League MVP. The catcher slammed 32 home runs and hit .301 in 459 at-bats. Given a brief MLB trial, the catcher batted just .143 in 11 games and showed an overly aggressive approach. Arencibia has the ability to hit 20+ home runs as a catcher in the Majors but he'll post low on-base rates due to his refusal to take a walk and his contact issues. He'll be 25 years old when the season begins so it's time for Toronto to give him a chance to win the full-time job and he should see a fair bit of playing time with Jose Molina as the only other catcher on the 40-man roster with MLB experience. Expect okay power numbers but not much else from Arencibia in 2011. He's a solid $1 option but there is some risk involved. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Arencibia appears set for a full-time gig in 2011. He has excellent power potential -- especially in Toronto -- but his average and on-base percentages will suffer.
J.P. Arencibia came as advertised: a power-hitting catcher who won’t take a walk, and who struggles to make contact. In his first full season as the everyday catcher in Toronto, Arencibia delighted by hitting 23 home runs and driving in 78 runs. There’s little doubt he can match those numbers in 2012, but he’s got a lot of work to do moving forward. Mainly: Improving his .219 batting average, and .283 on-base percentage. Those numbers are nasty. With Jeff Mathis set to be the back-up catcher in Toronto, Arencibia will again carry the load for the Blue Jays behind the plate in 2012, and is the type of high risk/high reward player you’ll want to select in the later rounds of your league’s draft. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
With J.P. Arencibia penciled in as Toronto’s number one catcher, you know what you’re going to get: power numbers, and little else. Look away from the batting average and on-base percentage; they’re hideous. Draft him, sure. But late. And not for much. You’ve been warned.
J.P. Arencibia, for better or worse, is the man behind the plate in Toronto. And Arencibia is what he is: a low-contact, power-hitting catcher. Arencibia strikes out a lot, and refuses to take a walk. Look, he just won’t do it; forget about it. His walk rate actually dipped in 2012, down to 4.8% from 7.4% in 2011. I’m not saying, “Don’t draft J.P. Arencibia.” I’m saying, “Know what you’re getting when you draft J.P. Arencibia.” He’s a below-average hitter, and any defensive improvements he continues to make aren’t going to help your fantasy team. But Arencibia will hit some home runs, and should have an opportunity to drive in some runs, especially if the Blue Jays lineup delivers on its on-paper promise. Arencibia remains a high risk, not really very high reward type of player, and a catcher you only consider picking up in the later rounds of your draft, or on the cheap. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
J.P. Arencibia is the man behind the plate in Toronto, with Travis d’Arnaud now with the Mets and no longer on his heels. JPA won’t make a lot of contact, but he will hit some home runs, and drive in some runs. Consider him a fantasy option, sure, but a very limited one.
One would think it would be surprising that a relatively young catcher who had averaged about 20 home runs over three seasons would be non-tendered in his cost-controlled years, but when the Blue Jays let J.P. Arencibia go, there were no heart attacks. Arencibia simply brought nothing else to the table -- he has a career on-base percentage of .258. He strikes out in almost 30% of his plate appearances, while walking in about five percent of them. On defense he is below average at best. Despite this, the Rangers have signed him to a one-year deal, presumably to be Geovany Soto's backup. Arencibia should not be a primary target, but in traditional category leagues, he does have value. If he is the backup, he will not get that many plate appearances, so his batting average (even in Texas, he probably will be lucky to hit .240) will not kill you too badly if you can carry it. Even in a half-season worth of playing time, he might hit double-digit homers. That might be useful. This is not to say Arencibia should be a priority, but that his real world awfulness does not preclude him being a useful second catcher in deeper category leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
There is no need to belabor how bad J.P. Arencibia has been in real baseball. As a part-timer for the Rangers, though, his homers give him some value as a second catcher in deeper category leagues.
J.P. Arencibia refuses to regress to your %$#@! mean. In 2011, he looked like a young catcher with promise. Sure, his defense was shaky and he struck out at a pretty crazy rate. But he had some real power (.219 isolated slugging percentage, 23 home runs in 486 plate appearances), and if he did not walk all that much, he was not all that far from average. His batting average on balls in play was probably always going to be low, but you took that when the fly balls kept leaving the park. Arencibia's power has stayed pretty much intact since then, but just about everything else has gone to pot. His walk rate has been under five percent, he still strikes out more than 27% of the time, and, alarmingly, his BABIP seems to be getting worse. Maybe that is luck, but it is not getting any better. Arencibia was so bad at everything but hitting home runs in 2014 for the Rangers that he actually had almost as many plate appearances in Triple-A as he did in the majors. Texas outrighted him after the season and he elected free agency, so let the bidding war begin! For all Arencibia's faults, it is tough to imagine him not latching on with some team in a backup role. While his issues as a defender do not directly matter in fantasy, they will impact his role on a team in real baseball. Still, if he does latch onto a team, Arencibia cannot be completely ignored. In even half a season worth of plate appearances, he can hit 10-15 home runs. If you can live with the hit to your team's batting average, that has value at catcher, particularly in deeper two-catcher leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
J.P. Arencibia might not be worth having in real baseball, but if a team gives him playing time, he can help in deep two-catcher leagues because he can hit home runs. Owners just have to be able to eat a Mendoza-esque batting average.
Arencibia returned to the majors in 2015 as a catcher again. And while he struggled to distinguish himself on offense during the minor league season, he managed to clap six homers in just 73 plate appearances in the majors. Of course, one look at his discipline numbers -- typified with his 30% strikeout and 1% walk rate -- assures us all is right in the universe and JPA is still JPA. Now he finds himself in a roster situation -- behind 37-year-old Carlos Ruiz and unproven 27-year-old Cameron Rupp -- that might just possibly net him a few more plate appearances than 2015. If and when Arencibia gets some major league playing time, expect two things: Home runs and nothing else. His offense is entirely connected to his ability to crank dingers, which makes him a dandy fantasy asset in a pinch, but first he'll need to find some playing time. (
The Quick Opinion:
Arencibia's 2015 once again demonstrated his one great fantasy tool: Power. He might crank 15+ homers as a regular, but he'll need to climb to rungs in the Phillies depth chart before that happens.
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