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Former Tampa Bay Rays Catcher, J.P. Arencibia Retires

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A former Blue Jays top prospect and Rays catcher has announced his retirement

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At one time, he was one of the most highly anticipated prospects to ever come through the Toronto Blue Jays system but now after just seven years after his memorable major league debut against the Rays, J.P. Arencibia has announced his retirement.

Arencibia last played in the majors during the 2015 season for the Tampa Bay Rays where he slashed .310/.315/.606 with 6 HR over 24 games. During the 2016 season, Arencibia split time between the Rays and Phillies, playing at the Triple-A level, but never received a call up to the majors.

During his rise to the majors, Arencibia was ranked as high as the 43rd top prospect in all of baseball, while also being a mainstay near the top of the Blue Jays organizational charts. Unfortunately he was never able to enjoy prolonged success in the majors, during his major league career he slashed .212/.258/.412 with 80 HR over 467 games, accruing a total of 0.8 fWAR, playing in the majors for the Blue Jays, Rangerrs, and Rays.

On Wednesday morning, Arencibia took to twitter to announce his retirement to the public and as well to thank all of the organizations that gave him the opportunity to play for them over his career.