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J.P. Arencibia | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 202
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Tennessee
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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. Sep 4 - 10:02 PM

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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.
Sep 1 - 10:21 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.
Aug 26 - 3:39 PM

Rays signed C J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Durham.

Arencibia was released by the Orioles earlier this month after suffering a flexor mass strain in his right arm at the end of spring training. The 29-year-old has hit .189/.231/.366 over his last 201 major league games and he's an awful defensive player.
Apr 16 - 3:45 PM

Orioles released C J.P. Arencibia.

Arencibia failed to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster and was dealing with a flexor mass strain in his right arm toward the end of spring training. He was expected to report to Triple-A Norfolk, but apparently wants to pursue an opportunity elsewhere.
Apr 9 - 4:32 PM

Orioles reassigned C J.P. Arencibia to minor league camp.

Arencibia is currently fighting through a flexor mass strain in his right arm. He wasn't expected to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster anyway and will presumably begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Norfolk.
Mar 30 - 11:49 AM

J.P. Arencibia was given a cortisone injection Monday for his injured right arm.

Arencibia has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain and will remain shut down for the next several days. He is not going to be on the Orioles' active roster when the regular season opens next week.
Mar 30 - 9:15 AM

J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Sunday's game due to a flexor mass strain.

The injury has kept the veteran backstop out of action since Thursday. At this point, it's very unlikely that he'll be ready for the start of the season, and probably wasn't going to crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster even if he had been completely healthy.
Mar 29 - 4:17 PM

J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster.
Mar 26 - 12:47 PM

Orioles signed 1B/C J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Arencibia batted just .177/.239/.369 in 222 plate appearances last season for the Rangers. He slugged 21 home runs in 2013 with the Blue Jays, but the 29-year-old is far too inconsistent of a hitter and probably won't have a very prominent role in Baltimore, if he makes the team at all.
Jan 8 - 12:45 PM

J.P. Arencibia has elected free agency.

Arencibia was outrighted off the Rangers' 40-man roster earlier this week and he'll now seek an opportunity elsewhere. After posting a .592 OPS and a 210/28 K/BB ratio in 201 games over the past two seasons, he'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Rangers sent 1B/C J.P. Arencibia outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Arencibia, 28, batted just .177/.239/.369 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI over 222 plate appearances with the Rangers this season.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 04:58:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia made his pitching debut Wednesday, throwing a scoreless ninth in the 10-1 loss to the Rays.

A few more games like this and he'll no longer have a negative WAR. It was Arencibia's first pitching appearance dating back to at least high school. According to, his 10 pitches ranged from 70 to 74 mph.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:37:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia swatted his eighth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Astros on Friday.

Arencibia has been rejuvenated since returning from Triple-A on July 18, hitting .250 (17-for-68) with seven homers and 22 RBI in his first 19 games. He was moved up to third in the lineup on Friday and should continue to see plenty of RBI chances in the middle of the Rangers lineup.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 12:28:00 AM

J.P. Arencibia went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Arencibia delivered an early blow with a three-run double in the second inning, and he tacked on a solo home run in the fifth. The homer was Arencibia's sixth since being recalled on July 17, hitting .262 with 20 RBI in that time. With the Rangers going nowhere this year, the 28-year-old will likely find his way into the lineup on a regular basis over the season's final two months.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 11:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3J.P. Arencibia
4Luke Maile
1B1James Loney
2Richie Shaffer
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Daniel Nava
3Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Burch Smith
8Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Alex Colome
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Matt Andriese
9Enny Romero
10C.J. Riefenhauser
11Kirby Yates
12Nate Karns