All-Time Leaderboarding: The J.P. Arencibia All-Stars

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

J.P. Arencibia had a unique stat line in 2013.
J.P. Arencibia had a unique stat line in 2013. (USATSI)

Previously in Leaderboarding: 100-mph pitches | Relievers stranding runners | Quality starts | Hitters in 0-2 counts | RBI percentages | Taking the extra base | Looking strikeouts | Pitch-framers | Best hitting pitchers

Monday morning, the Blue Jays and free agent catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $8 million. While we can't be 100 percent sure of anything just yet, it seems rather obvious that J.P. Arencibia's days of being the No. 1 catcher in Toronto are now a thing of the past.

Arencibia is coming off one of the most odd offensive stat lines in baseball history, too. Just to see who his peers are in terms of having a batting average under .200 with more than 20 home runs in a single season, we're going to do some all-time leaderboarding.

So now, without further ado, I present to you the J.P. Arencibia All-Stars (via baseball-reference.com play index):

Player, team
Year
Home runs
AVG/OBP/SLG
Strikeouts
Walks
Willie Kirkland, Indians
1962
21
.200/.272/.377
62
43
Rob Deer, Tigers
1991
25
.179/.314/.386
175
89
Ruben Rivera, Padres
1999
23
.195/.295/.406
143
55
Mark McGwire, Cardinals
2001
29
.187/.316/.492
118
56
2010
28
.196/.325/.407
158
87
2010
32
.198/.320/.433
211
83
J.P. Arencibia
2013
21
.194/.227/.365
148
18
2013
22
.179/.309/.362
171
77

To reiterate, the list includes every player in Major League Baseball history to hit at least 20 home runs while recording a batting average of .200 or worse in a single season. I included the triple slash line along with the walks and strikeouts, however, to note that Arencibia's season was actually unique.

Unique is a word that is overused in today's society. Something can't be "kind of," "pretty" or "relatively" unique. Unique literally means one of a kind. And Arencibia's 2013 season was unique when looking at the above chart.

For example, if I added walks into the equation and included only players who walked fewer than 40 times, Arencibia would have been alone. I could have done so with on-base percentage, too, because including only players with at least 20 homers in a season who had an average of .200 or lower with an OBP of .270 or lower again would yield only Arencibia.

There would be several other ways to pare down the list to just Arencibia, too,

So here's to Arencibia's actual uniqueness.

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