‘Slumps Are Mental’ and Much More with JP Arencibia

Quick – Who holds the Blue Jays’ franchise records for most home runs in a season by a catcher? Who hit a bomb on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues and then followed it up with a single, double and another bomb in the same game? And who recently hung out with NextLevelBallplayer.com to talk baseball? Of course the correct answer to all these questions is JP Arencibia.

Many thanks to JP for taking some time to sit down with NLB before one of his intense off season workouts at D1 Nashville (minutes after the interview he was taking a sledge hammer to a huge truck tire!). In the video below we touch on: the toughest adjustments to make in college and minor league baseball, how he has learned to handle high expectations and external pressure, why hitting slumps are all mental, how he keeps his mind quiet in the batter’s box and much more.


Ballplayer: JP Arencibia
High School: Westminster Christian (Miami, FL)
College: University of Tennessee
Draft: 1st round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007
MLB Debut: 8/7/2010 with the Blue Jays

The video is about 14 minutes long. If you prefer skipping to questions of interest, the interview outline is below. (I would love to hear feedback from you guys about ways to make interviews better. Thanks!)

0:31 – What is one baseball related lesson you learned early on that has led to your success?
1:05 – What’s the hardest adjustment to college baseball for you as a freshman at the University of Tennessee? (hint: academics is involved!)
2:48 – Hardest adjustment when getting to the minor leagues?
4:20 – How to handle high expectations and external pressure?
6:05 – How do you get out of slumps? (Hint: It’s MENTAL!)
7:20 – JP’s hitting routine from the dugout to the batters box
8:22 – How do you actually quiet your mind in the batter’s box? (Hint: Breathing)
9:18 – How do you “refocus” after a bad strike call by an umpire or missing a pitch you should have crushed?
11:05 – Hitting for power and his approach at the plate
12:03 – Main advice to aspiring ballplayers who want to get better 

Make sure to follow JP Arencibia and NLB on twitter.



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  • Todd

    Great interview with JP… Slumps are mental, should be a bumper sticker!

  • Johan

    The game is so mental. Great post!

  • KJ

    I think he hit it on the nose when he said slumps are mental

    • http://www.nextlevelballplayer.com Franco

      No doubt KJ. I loved his response.

  • D

    Cool vid. Thanks

  • http://Alifeofhealthandwellness.com Steve Marshall

    I completely agree with JP and transitioning from HS to College. My own experience was a little different, but it still came down to the same thing. When you’re 18-19 and finally out of the house on a beautiful college campus, its hard to maintain your focus and remember that your choices can affect your career. Great interview and advice for seniors going to college!

    • http://www.nextlevelballplayer.com Franco

      Thanks Steve!

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  • treet williams

    hey that video was really cool. My dad and i are really big on baseball and the stuff he was saying was almost identical to what my dad says.

    • http://www.nextlevelballplayer.com Franco

      Thanks Treet! Sounds like you have a great baseball dad. You are lucky. Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy the site.

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