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J.P. Arencibia (Tony Farlow)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Jonathan Paul Arencibia
Position:Catcher
School:University of Tennessee
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:01/05/86
Height:6'1"
Weight:195 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):02/02-02/04/07
Game(s):Florida State
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Hitting Ability:He is all about the bat. Arencibia profiles as an offensive-minded catcher
Power:He showed plus raw power in BP, but didn't show much during the games over the weekend. The cold weather probably didn't help.
Running Speed:Arencibia is athletic for a catcher, but running is not his strongest tool.
Arm Strength:Arencibia's strongest defensive tool, his arm strength is slightly above-average.
Fielding:Arencibia's overall defensive play was a tick below average, but he should be able stay behind the plate.
Physical Description:Arencibia is a strong, athletic catcher.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:His bat. He has plus power potential and has shown an advanced approach at the plate.
Weaknesses:His defense. While he can throw well, it won't be his glove that will carry him through to the Majors.
Summary:Heading into the year, the Tennessee backstop was on the short list of top college catchers in the draft class. A nagging back injury has really hampered his production and given scouts some cause for concern. Still, hes got some track record and has performed very well for Team USA in the past. Hes no longer in the first-round mix, but still should go in the first few rounds.