Despite the Toronto Blue Jays struggles throughout the 2013 season, C J.P. Arencibia continues to provide jaw-dropping numbers for fantasy baseball owners. He is driving the ball to both sides of the field and has quickly become an everyday starter.
Arencibia has already crushed eight home runs through the first 27 games and the catcher is shockingly tied for second in the entire American League in long balls. He is slugging .558 and has 16 RBIs to go along with it. Arencibia has become a legitimate power option for fantasy owners.
Arencibia was once an elite fantasy prospect, but has been riddled with inconsistency throughout his career. He bashed 23 homers in 2011, but only managed to hit 18 long balls in 2012. He has once again flexed his muscle from behind the plate, though, and Arencibia is on pace to have a career fantasy season.
The catcher has a rather mediocre .245 batting average, and his .258 On Base Percentage is even harder to look at. Besides Arencibia’s amazing home run totals, he has literally struggled to get on base. The 27-year-old has even struck out an embarrassing 38 times through his first 102 at-bats this season, which is good for a strike out percentage of 37.2% of the time.
However, if there is one thing fantasy owners covet from the catcher position, it is home runs. As long as Arencibia can continue to smash the ball on a regular basis, he will remain a fantasy worthy backstop.