Ah, yes. J.P. Arencibia. While his tenure in Toronto saw a mix of both love and hate from the fans (mostly hate), the catcher still showed promise with his raw power. However, he was only able to show flashes of brilliance, teasing Blue Jays fans across the globe. Do you want a perfect example of how he teased Jays fans? Look no further than his 2013 spring training performance.
The former first round pick made quite the impression on the team in Dunedin. Arencibia belted the ball all over the park, hitting five homeruns and driving in 13 RBIs to go along with a magnificent slash line of .439/.477/.902. To go along with his great numbers, Arencibia also added four doubles in his 41 at-bats.
However it was all down hill from there for Arencibia, as his 2013 season was absolutely atrocious. The backstop, to go along with below-average defense, couldn’t even hit his weight. Arencibia finished the season slashing an embarrassing .194/.227/.365, all while striking out 148 times in just 474 at-bats. While he still managed to hit 21 homeruns, it did not make up for his subpar play in every other aspect.
While his production may have lacked on the field, Arencibia definitely gave Blue Jays fans a reason to be excited during spring training in 2013. He was also a class-act off the field, giving long time Blue Jays fan Matt Harvey the opportunity of a lifetime, as seen in the video here.
There you have it. Now that you know the details, who had the best spring training of the Blue Jays’ last decade?