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J.P. Arencibia

Arencibia waits for the ball. Photo from UTSports.com.

C, Tennessee (profile)

HT: 6'1" WT: 195 lbs.

2005: 67 GP/GS, .322 BA, .379 OBP, .534 OBP, 283 AB, 54 R, 91 H, 16 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 71 RBI, 24 BB, 37 K

2006: 55 GP/GS, .352 BA, .419 OBP, .583 SLG, 216 AB, 44 R, 76 H, 17 2B, 11 HR, 52 RBI, 20 BB, 30 K

2007 (so far): 8 GP/GS, .174 BA, .387 OBP, .348 SLG, 23 AB, 6 R, 4 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K

Bio: Imagine a catcher who can hit for average, hit for power and play as a solid backstop. That's J.P. Arencibia, and he's the best all-around catcher in the NCAA since Matt Wieters probably won't be a receiver in the Majors. He was chosen for Baseball America's 2007 All-American 2nd Team and currently rates as the second best SEC prospect in the draft, behind only David Price. By the end of the draft's first day Arencibia will most likely be the first of three Tennessee players to be drafted in the first round. The other two are lefty James Adkins and Julio Borbon, though both could fall to the supplemental first round.

Arencibia works the plate well as he keeps his BB:K ratio in check well. About the only thing he can't do is steal a base. He's hit well with wood bats during the summer, especially during this past one when he was on the FISU Championship-winning Team USA. He led the team with nine homers and drove in 40 runs. He was fourth in batting with a .306 average.

The Mariners selected Arencibia in the 17th round of the 2004 draft and you can see some video here and a scouting report from the time. Also take a look at his Brewerfan.net profile for a number of links.

I don't think we should be concerned with his slow start just yet. If he doesn't pick it up by the time Julio Borbon returns then it will be interesting to see how that will affect him.