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Arencibia displayed his rookie power prowess with another mammoth home run in last night's game, not to mention his grand slam on Sunday against the Orioles.
Needless to say, as is evident from this tweet, I'm not ashamed to admit J.P. Arencibia is the newest Blue Jays player to capture my full and undivided attention:
True story: ever since Vernon Wells was traded, Mrs. BJH to-be has been looking for a new favourite Blue Jay. I suggested J.P. Arencibia because not only is he likely to be in a Blue Jays uniform for a long time, but so she could also have a new player to add to her baseball hall pass list.
Mancrushes and regular crushes aside, J.P. Arencibia really has exceeded expectations this year. After what happened last September, some red flags were raised as to the validity of the Blue Jays catcher in the waiting.
It appears J.P. Arencibia has put that 0 for 15 September from last season in the rear view mirror and is slugging his way towards becoming the top rookie in the American League.
John Farrell has experimented with moving J.P. Arencibia up in the lineup, and I think hitting him in the five slot is the best course of action at this point. Opting to have Arencibia bat fifth helps create a solid one through five in the lineup.
And Arencibia has not only been impressive offensively, but defensively as well. John Farrell has handed all five starters over to Arencibia now, and he's doing a great job at managing the idiosyncrasies of each starting pitcher.
Not only that, but JPA's arm is among some of the best in the league and his persistence of using snap throws down to first base keeps the opposition on their toes and helps stifle the running game.
I'll admit I was a weary that J.P. Arencibia might have a tough time with major league hitting, but now that he's the full-time catcher for the Blue Jays, he is blossoming into the role and becoming one of the best young catchers in the game.
Not too shabby for a guy who was John Buck's 20 home run milestone cheerleader last season. Oh, and Arencibia is already half way to Buck's record for home runs by a Blue Jays catcher, too.