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The 10 spot: Catching on

Blue Jays have found their future behind the plate in J.P. Arencibia

Updated: May 31, 2010, 4:55 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
ArencibiaAl Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesArencibia, a former first-round pick, is a great building block for the Jays.

Each Monday, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus focuses on 10 key players in the minor leagues. This week, the AL East has a lot to be happy about.

J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas)
On a scouting level, there's little not to like about Arencibia. He was a first-round pick in 2007 for a reason, as he's a big, athletic catcher with well-above-average power. An impatient approach has been his undoing at Triple-A, but he's still capable of going on a hot streak, as he's gone 10-for-23 with three home runs over his past five games to raise his triple-slash line to .263/.312/.500. Twelve walks in 160 at-bats isn't exactly a ratio to write home about, but it is a significant upgrade from previous years. Expect the home-run-happy Jays to add another power bat as early as September, as Arencibia remains their long-term answer at the position.


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