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J.P. Arencibia | Catcher | #40

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (21) / TOR
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J.P. Arencibia has announced his retirement from baseball.
Arencibia, 31, spent last season at the Triple-A level between the Rays and Phillies while batting .241/.269/.420 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI over 90 games. Known for his power and non-existent plate discipline, Arencibia will finish with a .212/.258/.412 career batting line and 80 homers in 467 games in stops with the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Rays. Arencibia homered on the first pitch he saw in the majors back in 2010 and became the first player since 1900 to have a pair of home runs and four hits in his major league debut. However, his flawed approach didn't lead to success often enough for him to maintain a significant role in the majors. Jan 18 - 2:27 PM

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Rays signed C J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract.

Arencibia opted out of his minor league deal with the Phillies on Monday. The 30-year-old batted .310/.315/.606 with six homers over 73 plate appearances with the Rays last season. He could get a shot eventually in a third catcher/first baseman/designated hitter role.
Fri, May 20, 2016 09:55:00 AM

Phillies released C J.P. Arencibia.

Arencibia had yet to appear in a major league game with the Phillies in 2016. He had been honing his craft down in Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to Monday's release. The 30-year-old backstop holds a career big league triple-slash of .212/.258/.412. Those numbers are not particularly impressive, but Arencibia does have four seasons of double-digit homers. He should find another minor league home in due time.
Mon, May 16, 2016 12:20:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia clocked his second home run of the spring as part of a 2-for-2 effort Saturday in a win against the Blue Jays.

He launched a two-run blast off Brad Penny in the sixth inning and later doubled off Roberto Hernandez in the eighth. Arencibia has had a solid spring to this point, sitting .412 with three RBI. Whether that will be enough to crack the Phillies' Opening Day roster remains to be seen. He's battling Cameron Rupp for a backup job behind long-time starter Carlos Ruiz.
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 04:10:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-3 with a homer Tuesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Arencibia started at DH today. It's unlikely that the Phillies will carry a third catcher behind Carlos Ruiz and Cameron Rupp, so unless they trade Ruiz, Arencibia is probably headed to Triple-A.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Phillies signed C J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract.

Arencibia is a weak .212/.258/.412 career hitter in 1,687 plate appearances at the major league level. The 31-year-old catcher probably won't crack the Phillies' Opening Day roster unless there is an emergency. Cameron Rupp is projected to back up Carlos Ruiz.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Rays released C J.P. Arencibia.

Arencibia was designated for assignment last week. He hit .310/.315/.606 with six homers and 17 RBI in 24 games for the Rays, but they weren't interested in paying him what he'd make in arbitration.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 10:02:00 PM

Rays designated C J.P. Arencibia for assignment.

The 29-year-old backstop did a nice job in his limited time with the Rays in 2015, slashing .310/.315/.606 with six homers and 17 RBI in 24 games. It's unclear at the moment if he'll accept the minor league assignment or opt to explore the free agent market.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 07:55:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia connected for a solo homer Friday against the Blue Jays.

Arencibia, who recently missed some time with a hand strain, now has six home runs in 22 games with the Rays. He's also hitting .302 (19-for-63), but fantasy owners should know by now that it isn't meant to last. He has 22 strikeouts against just one walk. He's the same guy he's always been.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 10:11:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia (hand) is back in the Rays' lineup Wednesday.

Arencibia is battling a bone bruise in his left hand but is ready to give it a go. He's hit .327 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 20 games since joining the Rays.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 03:29:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia is dealing with a bone bruise in his left hand.

It's commonly referred to as "catcher's hand" for obvious reasons. Arencibia will ultimately be fine, but the ailment will cut his playing time down the stretch. "The issue with a catcher's hand is they seem to recover really quick and feel fine," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "And then it can be one pitch or one foul ball that sets it back." Arencibia has hit .327 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 20 games for the Rays.
Source: Rays.mlb.com
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 08:21:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia went 1-for-3 with a solo home run as the Rays shut the Tigers out 8-0 on Wednesday.

Arencibia led off the seventh inning with a solo home run off of Buck Farmer, extending the Rays' lead to 6-0. It's the catcher's fourth home run in only 12 games since being brought up from Triple-A in late August. Curt Casali is hurt, so Arencibia has been playing regularly and rewarding the Rays for the decision. Along with the four round-trippers, he's knocked in 11 runs while batting .375/.364/.844 in 33 plate appearances.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 10:33:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

Arencibia's RBI double in the ninth inning made the score 5-2, but the Rays wouldn't score again as they fell to 66-68 on the season. Since being called up on August 26, the catcher's 8-for-21 with three homers and nine RBI. Six of those RBI came against the Orioles on September 1.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 10:02:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia had himself a ballgame, going 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI in Tuesday's rout of the Orioles.

Oddly enough, six RBI isn't even a career-high for Arencibia. He knocked in seven last season for the Rangers and six back in 2012 for the Blue Jays. The catcher plated two with a single in the fourth inning, another two with another single in the fifth, then tacked on a two-run home run in the seventh. Arencibia had singled twice in nine at-bats across five games in the big leagues entering the night. With Curt Casali sidelined, he will start every two or three days along with Rene Rivera.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 10:21:00 PM

Rays purchased the contract of C J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Durham.

Arencibia has done his usual thing at Durham this season, slugging 22 homers while batting .227. He'll be paired with Rene Rivera as the Rays' catcher with Curt Casali (hamstring) out.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 03:39:00 PM

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