Hi, my name is J.P. Arencibia, and I am a catcher in the Blue Jays organization. This year I played my first full season in High A, got moved during the All-Star Break to Double-A, and I finished up the season in Double-A. I learned a lot this season, especially how long the season is and so did my legs. My organization sent me here to work on some things in my game. Obviously all aspects you try to improve, but mostly to see more pitches. It’s been an honor to play with such talent in the league, but what impresses me the most is the quality of guys in this league, on a personal level.
This is my second time to the AFL. The first time I came as a fan when I was a junior in college. Chase Headley and Luke Hochevar were my college teammates and I came here to watch them play.
We have the best fan in the AFL, and her name is Susan. She makes my day every time I come out of the dugout. She has the most positive attitude I have ever been around. I also get to experience the Arizona Diamondbacks flag lady, who is also one of my favorites.
I’m kinda upset I haven’t been able to play golf yet because I heard the golf courses are great out here. I did get to attend a Cardinals football game which I enjoyed, and hopefully I will get to see a Suns game and see Shaq–which you guys stole from Miami! I am staying with Travis Snider, who also plays in the Blue Jays organization. On Sundays we have BBQs at the house and play Rock Band.
Thanks for reading my blog, and don’t be scared to say ‘hi’ to me at the ballpark!
Hey everyone! My name is Scott Campbell. I’m originally from Auckland, New Zealand. I grew up playing baseball in a country where baseball is not popular and here I am now in the Arizona Fall League competing with the best of the best.
This year for me in Double-A was a real eye-opener. I learned a lot about baseball and how to be competitive on a day-to-day basis. I learned about myself as a player and what I need to do mentally and physically to prepare myself.
I’ve had some really cool opportunities as a baseball player, from the Eastern league All-Star Game in New Hampshire to the Futures Game in Yankee Stadium. So far to date, that was the greatest baseball experience of my life.
Now at the Arizona Fall League, I’m trying to enjoy myself and get to know some of top guys in baseball. I’m looking forward to seeing Brian Matusz. He’s a friend of mine through my brother. Hopefully, I’ll get to face him, but we’ll see what happens.
It’s going to be a real learning experience. I’m going to be playing third base and shortstop, positions I’m not so familiar with, along with my usual spot at second base.
I’m not used to this heat, so I’m learning to hydrate myself. My dad always taught me that one beer after a game will hydrate you better than water. We’ll see…