J.P. Arenciba: Hit 31 Home Runs in Minors Before Debut
J.P. Arenciba may have surprised most baseball fans on Saturday by hitting his first pitch for a home run and then homering again in the sixth inning for the Toronto Blue Jays. However the Blue Jays organization have been expecting this kind of power from Arenciba since he has hit with power in the minors this season.
24 year old Arenciba had hit 31 home runs and 79 runs batted in so far in the minor leagues this season and the two home runs Saturday gave him 33 for the season leaving him one behind Jose Bautista with 34 who leads all of professional baseball with 34 home runs.
He hit .313 for Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League while having an OBP of .367, slugging .658 and posting an OPS of 1.025 which leads all minor leaguers with at least 300 at bats.
Arenciba was called up after John Buck the catcher this season for the Blue Jays was placed on the DL. However Buck is scheduled to be back on August 20. If Arenciba continues to hit well Buck may finish the season as the backup for Arenciba.