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Arencibia heating up under desert sky

Arencibia heating up under desert sky

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TORONTO -- J.P. Arencibia is beginning to heat up under the Arizona sun. After a slow start for the Blue Jays' top catching prospect, Arencibia enjoyed a strong showing this week with the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Arencibia is currently riding a six-game hitting streak for Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League, posting a .320 (8-for-25) average with one home run, two doubles and eight RBIs over that stretch. That's the type of performance Toronto has grown accustomed to seeing from the talented catcher.

Most of Arencibia's damage has come within his past two games for the Desert Dogs. On Tuesday, the right-handed-hitting catcher went 2-for-5 at the plate with a home run and three RBIs, helping Phoenix to a 10-6 win over Scottsdale. On Thursday, Arencibia went 2-for-5 again, this time with a double and four RBIs in a 13-1 rout of Peo Javelinas.

Overall, Arencibia has hit .275 (11-for-40) with two home runs and 10 RBIs through 12 games with Phoenix. That's a much-improved performance for the 22-year-old catcher, who owned just a .211 average through his first seven games in the AFL. Given his track record, it seemed only a matter of time before Arencibia's bat warmed up.

Arencibia -- selected 21st overall by the Blue Jays in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft -- was one of the top offensive performers within Toronto's farm system this past season. Between stints with Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire, Arencibia hit .298 with 27 homers and 105 RBIs in 126 games.

Arizona Fall League

Scott Campbell, 2B: The 24-year-old Campbell -- a native of New Zealand -- has hit .316 (6-for-19) with one triple, three RBIs, a .500 on-base percentage and a .421 slugging percentage through 10 games with Phoenix.

Zach Dials, RHP: Dials has come out of the bullpen four times for Phoenix, going 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA. The 23-year-old has allowed six runs (five earned) on 12 hits, including two homers, with seven strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings.

Kyle Ginley, RHP: Ginley, 22, has appeared in three games (two starts) for the Desert Dogs. He has posted an 11.05 ERA after yielding 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits with seven strikeouts and seven walks across 7 1/3 innings.

Daryl Harang, LHP: The 25-year-old Harang has worked five games as a reliever for Phoenix, posting a 0-1 record with a 12.00 ERA. In three innings out of the 'pen, the lefty has given up five runs (four earned) with four strikeouts and four walks.

Mike MacDonald, RHP: MacDonald has given up seven runs on 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief for the Desert Dogs. The 26-year-old right-hander currently owns a 14.54 ERA through his four outings out of the bullpen.

Ryan Patteron, OF: The 25-year-old Patterson has appeared in 11 games for Phoenix. The right-handed-hitting outfielder has batted .259 (7-for-27) with one home run, three runs scored and a pair of RBIs.

Dominican Winter League:

Marcos Cabral, 2B: Cabral -- a 24-year-old infielder from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic -- has appeared in one game for Aguilas Cibaenas. In that game on Tuesday, Cabral went 1-for-1 with a triple and a run scored.

Pedro Lopez, INF: Lopez has appeared in five games for Estrellas de Oriente in the DWL. So far, the 24-year-old shortstop has hit at a .176 (3-for-17) clip with two runs scored and a pair of walks.

Celson Polanco, RHP: The 24-year-old Polanco has made just two brief appearances out of thre bullpen for Azucareros del Este in the DWL. In those outings, Polanco has given up one hit with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning.

Moises Sierra, OF: Sierra, who also hails from Santo Domingo, has played in two games for Gigantes del Cibao in the DWL. The 20-year-old outfielder has gone 1-for-2 at the plate with one single.

Hawaii Winter Baseball

Bradley Eamus, 2B: Eamus continues to be a standout performer for the Honolulu Sharks. Through 13 games, the 22-year-old second baseman has hit .342 (13-for-38) with one homer, nine RBIs, a .460 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.

Eric Eiland, OF: The 20-year-old Eiland has labored at the plate through 10 games with the Honolulu Sharks, posting a .091 (3-for-33) average with four RBIs. Eiland has compiled 14 strikeouts and has scored three runs.

Venezuelan Winter League

Edgar Estanga, LHP: Estanga -- a 23-year-old lefty from Maturin, Venezuela -- has appeared in three games for Navegantes del Magallanes in the VWL. In those relief outings, Estanga has posted a 9.00 ERA, allowing three runs (two earned) in two innings.

Danny Sandoval, INF: The 29-year-old Sandoval has hit .276 (8-for-29) with three runs in seven games for Tiburones de La Guaira in the VWL. Sandoval -- a native of Lara, Venezuela -- spent most of the 2008 season with Triple-A Syracuse.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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