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Toronto Blue Jays Call Up J.P. Arencibia To Replace John Buck

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 26 : Designated hitter J. P. Arencibia of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Philadelphia Phillies February 26, 2009 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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TheFantasyFix.comAnalyst IAugust 5, 2010

With catcher John Buck on the 15-day DL, it was the perfect opportunity for the Blue Jays to call up their stud in waiting, J.P. Arencibia . Let's take a quick look at why Blue Jays fans and fantasy owners are getting excited...

AAA Line - .306, 30 HR, 77 RBI    

The former Tennessee Vol was the Blue Jays first round selection in 2007. Arencibia was leading the Pacific Coast League in homers and ranks third in runs driven in at the time of the call-up. He hit .400 in June with 10 home runs and 23 RBI, and followed it up with a .301, 12 HR, 28 RBI July.

Oddly enough, 28 of his 30 home runs have come against right-handed pitching. He's batting only .226 in 84 AB against left-handed pitching. Arencibia raised his batting average .70 points from 2009 on the same level of competition. The Jays possess two other top catching prospects in Travis d'Arnaud (21) and Carlos Perez (19), but both are still in A-ball.

 

Written by Adam Ganeles exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com. Look for Adam's weekly insight into A, AA, & AAA ball.

 

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