Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Man. A Legend. A Way of Life.

JP Arencibia is really good. That is all.



Ok, wait, no it's not. You know I can't make a post that short. Let me share with you the research of poster robertdudak at Batter's Box:

(edit: so the format runs the stats wider than my column can stand. I encourage you to go to the thread I linked above and see the comparison for yourself - I'm not gonna do the work to re-type all this in a form that fits the column width)

Age Lg Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
20 NWL A- 57 214 198 22 53 11 0 8 25 0 0 13 51 0.268 0.318 0.444 0.762
21 FSL A+ 88 285 272 27 68 20 0 6 45 0 1 11 68 0.250 0.281 0.390 0.670
22 CAL A+ 117 506 448 71 124 27 2 29 80 0 3 47 83 0.277 0.344 0.540 0.884
23 TXL AA 31 127 114 18 43 11 0 7 21 0 0 13 18 0.377 0.441 0.658 1.099
23 PCL AAA 94 398 358 54 122 22 5 16 69 1 3 37 57 0.341 0.405 0.564 0.969


total 387 1530 1390 192 410 91 7 66 240 1 7 121 277 0.295 0.353 0.513 0.865
Age Lg Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
21 NYP A- 63 249 228 31 58 17 1 3 25 0 0 14 56 0.254 0.309 0.377 0.686
22 FSL A+ 59 262 248 38 78 22 0 13 62 0 0 11 46 0.315 0.344 0.560 0.904
22 EL AA 67 275 262 32 74 14 0 14 43 0 0 7 55 0.282 0.302 0.496 0.798
23 PCL AAA 116 500 466 67 110 32 1 21 75 0 1 26 114 0.236 0.284 0.444 0.728
24 PCL AAA 95 420 379 71 115 32 1 31 79 0 0 34 77 0.303 0.360 0.639 0.998


total 400 1706 1583 239 435 117 3 82 284 0 1 92 348 0.275 0.318 0.508 0.826

Two minor league careers, the bottom player is JP Arencibia. When you consider the only real setback for the second player relative to the first was when he was in AAA a year earlier than the upper player (and as I've often argued, as much as a year too soon). without that mistep, Arencibia compares favorably in almost every regard to...

Mike Piazza.

Like I said, JP Arencibia is REALLY good.

3 comments:

mathesond said...

Yeah, but how good is he at calling a game?

:)

The Southpaw said...

his defense got quite good reviews the last couple of years.

He doesn't get the praise Jeroloman does but the latter is compared to guys like Mathney for defense.

But JPA is not a marginal guy defensively from all I've read - he's pretty good.

Keep in mind though, that a good enough hitter can afford to be a mediocre defender - Piazza was never a great defensive catcher. Posada isn't.

eyebleaf said...

Crazy.