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Las Vegas 51’s Catcher JP Arencibia Heads to Toronto

“I’ve been given an opportunity and people have thought highly of me and are confident in my abilities. I try not to put extra pressure on myself. I go out there, be myself and just have fun. I do my best when I’m myself and have fun.” said the newest named player of the Toronto Blue Jay roster this past April, when asked of his eventual rumored call to the Big Show this year.

Catcher JP Arencibia on deck for one of the last times at Cashman Field prior to being selected to Toronto as the 51's defeat the Portland Beavers 5-3 | Photo by Mathew Carpenter

Just a few days after 51’s first baseman Brett Wallace leaves the team on a trade, Las Vegas fans will miss yet another jersey to bigger pastures. Miami native J.P. Arencibia has received the call and will be headed to the Blue Jay clubhouse for the first time, after Toronto catcher John Buck was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Arencibia, recently named Topps PCL Player of the Month in June also holds quite a few more accomplishments under his belt, or in his case, mitt. The 24-year old PCL All-Star also ranks T-1st in all of minor leagues with 31 home runs and 64 extra base hits this season. Earlier this summer, Arencibia recorded a 21-game hitting streak posting a .342 average and hitting 22 of his 31 homers in the months of June and July.

After being selected as the 21st overall pick in the First Year Player Draft in 2007, Arencibia quickly made his way through the Blue Jay farm system and is of very few of the “home grown” variety. Clearing his way through Single-A and Double-A ball, Arencibia quickly found his way to Triple-A Vegas in 2009 where though despite some health issues, including vision problems and a kidney blockage, his consistency never really faltered.

Arencibia, now former 51, will join his Toronto teammates whom earlier this year he credited for some of his development through the off, as well as Spring Training.

“I try to learn as much as I can from some of those guys up there… John Buck, Travis [Snider], who we had down here last season. A lot of the older guys have been around the game for a while and I try to take in as much as I can from them,” said Arencibia after hitting what was his third home run of the season.

And learn from them he will as he journeys to join them. Arencibia will stow his 51’s uniform and reunite with his Big League brethren. One can only imagine what will go through his mind as he stands at his very first Major League game, Toronto cap in hand, as the National Anthem blares, and he comes to the culmination of hard work, perseverance, dedication and a lifelong dream.

We at the staff of would like to congratulate JP Arencibia for a job well done and a great season thus far! Good Luck and Best Wishes!

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