Jonathan Paul Arencibia…participated in the Rangers 2014 Winter Caravan after taking part in Toronto's winter tour each of the previous 3 years…is engaged to Kimberly Perry, the lead vocalist of the country music band The Band Perry and spent part of the off-season touring with the band.
Started 115 games at catcher and 3 as the DH in his final season with Toronto…set career highs for games (138) and at bats (474)…ranked 2nd on the club in at bats, was 3rd in games, and placed 5th in homers (21), RBI (55), and total bases (173)…had a team high 148 strikeouts…had the lowest batting average (.194) and on-base percentage (.227) among all major league players with at least 450 at bats…played for the United States in the World Baseball Classic, going 1-for-5 in 2 games.
Finished with 18 home runs in his 2nd full season and now has 42 as a catcher ranking 4th on the all-time Blue Jays list for catchers...Was placed on the disabled list on July 26 after being hit on the right hand by a foul ball vs. OAK on the 25th...Suffered a non-displaced fracture and did not return until Sept. 7...Batted .242 with 16 home runs and 50 RBI in 81 games prior to the injury and .197 with two home runs and six RBI in 21 games following...In his final 10 games did bat .379 with two home runs and six RBI...Finished T-3rd among AL catchers with 52 RBI and 5th with 17 home runs...Hit a game-winning home run on Opening Day at CLE in the 16th inning...Was the second year in a row he has homered on Opening Day and the 3rd year in a row he has homered in his first game...Only Jack Hannahan currently has a longer streak at four years...Had his best month in May posting a .278 average with eight home runs and 19 RBI... The eight home runs tied for the most by a TOR catcher in any month (Ernie Whitt hit 8-HR in Sept/1987)...In 17 July games batted .321 with six home runs and 13 RBI...Became the first Blue Jays catcher to win AL Player-of-the-Week honours (May 14-20) batting .360 with four home runs and 10 RBI...Sept. 24 at BAL hit his 2nd career grand slam off Jake Arrieta...May 18 vs. NYM had two home runs and a career high six RBI...Had three multi-home run games and now has six in his career...With runners in scoring position batted .295 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in just 78 at-bats...Threw out 18.5 pct of potential base stealers and had a catchers ERA of 4.76.
In his first full season in the Major Leagues appeared in 129 games, including 122 as catcher... MAKINGHIS MARK:
Ranked among the leaders in many hitting categories as a catcher and as a rookie... Among AL catchers ranked1st in home runs (23), T-1st in triples (4), 2nd in RBI (75), T-2nd in extra base hits (47) and 3rd in total bases (190)... AmongAL rookies ranked 2nd in home runs (23), 2nd in walks (36), T-2nd in RBI (78), 3rd in extra base hits (47), 3rd in total bases(194), and T-5th in triples (4)... HISTORY MAKER:
His 23 home runs as a catcher are the most home runs by any Blue Jayscatcher in team history... Hit his 21st on Sept. 7 vs. BOS to pass John Buck for the all-time club mark... Fell one home run shyof the all-time Blue Jays rookie mark of 24 by Eric Hinske in 2002... The 23 home runs are the T-3rd most by a rookie catcherin Major League history behind Mike Piazza (35-1993), Matt Nokes (28-1987) and tied with Giovanni Soto (23-2008)... AmongBlue Jays catchers set marks for home runs, extra base hits, T-1st in triples and fell five RBI short of Darrin Fletcher's 80 in1999... SERVING NOTICE:
Became just the 6th player in Club history to record a multi-home run game on opening day, joiningDoug Ault (1977), John Mayberry (1980), George Bell (1988), Shannon Stewart (2000) and Tony Batista (2000)... The twoopening day homers marked his 2nd career multi-homer day (ML debut) and set a career high for RBI with five... Became thefirst rookie to have a multi-homer day on opening day since Gary Gaetti with MIN in 1982 and the first Blue Jay rookie to hit ahome run on opening day since Carlos Delgado in 1994... Is the first player to start his career with multiple home run games inconsecutive seasons since Joe Torre did so for the Braves in 1965-66... Added a 3rd career multi-home run game on July 22at TEX... WALK EM OFF:
In a pinch hit appearance collected his first walk-off hit vs. BAL on Sept 10 with a single for a 5-4victory... MR. CONSISTENT:
Posted a .222 average and a .714 OPS in the first half, and a .215 average with a .727 OPS inthe second half... Batted .259 vs. LH pitchers with an .838 OPS, while hitting .206 with a .682 OPS vs. RH pitchers... BEHINDTHE DISH:
Made six errors for a .993 fielding percentage and threw out 17.1% (18-105) of base stealers... His 12 passed ballsranked 2nd highest in the AL... Had a catchers ERA of 4.30.
Spent the majority of the season with Las Vegas (AAA), leading the minors in home runs for much ofthe season prior to being promoted to Toronto on Aug. 5... ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Made his Major Leaguedebut on Aug. 7 vs. TB... Became the first player in the modern era to record four hits, including two home runs in hisMajor League debut, finishing the day 4-5 with one double, two home runs and three RBI... Hit the first pitch he saw atthe Major League level for a home run off James Shields... Appeared in five games before being optioned back to LasVegas Aug. 19, before returning in Sept... Appeared in a total 11 games, starting in 10... In his final 10 games, recordedonly one hit in 30 at-bats... SERVING NOTICE: Was named PCLMVP... Was named a mid-season and post-season All-Star in AAAafter batting .301 with 32 home runs and 85 RBI... The 32 homeruns were T-3rd for most by a Blue Jays minor leaguer in teamhistory... Was selected as the R. Howard Webster (MVP) winnerat Las Vegas... Was 2nd in the PCL in slugging percentage and3rd in home runs... Batted .400 in June with 22 extra base hits...VS RIGHTIES: Had plenty of success vs. right-handed pitchers,posting a .322 avg., with 30 of his 32 home runs... Was selectedto participate in the PCL Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities...Earned Player of the Week honours June 28-July 4...TOPPROSPECT: Was rated as the 8th best prospect in the PacificCoast League by Baseball America.
Spent the entire season at Las Vegas, his first at the AAA level... LONG BALL: Belted 21 home runs to rank 2nd on the 51s... Recorded 54 extra base hits, 3rd most on the club... BIG FINISH: Hit 10 home runs over the season's final two months, batting .261 and adding 27 RBI... Had three multi-home run games, with two coming in the teams finalnine games... BEHIND THE PLATE: Caught 104 games, throwing out 25% of base stealers (27-107)... Collected hits in 10of his final 11 games, including eight consecutive.
Began the season with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League (A), appearing in 59 games... Batted.315 (78-248) with 22 doubles, 13 home runs & drove in 62 runs... Was promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats ofthe Eastern League (AA) on June 16... In 67 games with New Hampshire, batted .282 (74-262) with 14 doubles, 14 homeruns & had 43 RBI... Was one of three Dunedin Blue Jays to be named to the Mid-season All-Star game played on June 14in Viera, Florida... Was the starting catcher & finished the contest going 2-for-3 with a run & an RBI... Was named FloridaState League Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks from May 19-25 & May 26-June 1... Named the OrganizationalPlayer of the Month in May with Dunedin (.350 AVG, 14 2B, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 5 BB)... Was named to the Arizona Fall LeagueAll-Prospect Team... Batted .274 (95-260) with four home runs & 23 RBI in 27 Arizona Fall League contests... Combinedbetween Dunedin & New Hampshire, appeared in 103 games behind the plate where he threw out 31 of 90 attemptedbase stealers (34.4 %).
In his first professional season, batted .254 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 63 games for the New York Penn-League champion Auburn Doubledays... Made 56 starts at the catcher position... Threw out 26 of 77 attempted basestealers (33.8%)... Led the Doubledays in doubles with 17... Hit his first career home run on June 29 vs. Williamsport...Batted .308 (28-91) with one home run and 13 RBI in 24 games in August... From Aug. 1-18 batted .375 (18-48), recordinga hit in 11 of 12 contests over that span.