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VFL Arencibia Joins Baltimore Organization

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VFL and two-time Tennessee Baseball All-American J.P. Arencibia has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles for the 2015 season, as announced by the club's this week.

While with the Texas Rangers last season, Arencibia hit nine doubles, 10 home runs and collected 35 RBI in 62 Major League games. He also played 48 games with the organization's Triple A Round Rock club, where he hit .279 with 14 homers and 41 RBI as the team's primary catcher/first baseman. On the year, his 14 home runs ranked third-best for the Express.

Entering the 2015 season, Arencibia owns a career .207 average with 64 doubles, 74 home runs and 228 RBI in 442 Major League games including parts of three seasons (2011-13) with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 458 minor league games since being drafted by Toronto in the first round (21st overall pick) of the June 2007 Draft, the 29 year old owns a .275 average.

Named a Freshman All-American selection by Baseball America and Louisville Slugger after hitting .322 with 14 home runs, Arencibia was also named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2005 with the Tennessee Volunteers. During his sophomore campaign on Rocky Top, he went on to produce a .352 average with 11 homers to claim All-America accolades from Louisville Slugger and the College Baseball Foundation (CBF) in 2006.

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#VFL Julio Borbon Selected In MLB Rule 5 Draft

Former Vol standout Julio Borbon was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 12th pick in the Triple-A phase of the 2013 MLB Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.

An All-American in the Volunteers' outfield from 2005-07, Borbon is a speedster who can play all three outfield positions and bats left-handed.

A former first-round draft pick, Borbon is a .272/.318/.347 lifetime hitter in 288 big league games over parts of four seasons with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs. He also has 47 stolen bases. A native of Starkville, Miss., Borbon was the Rangers' primary center fielder during their 2010 World Series campaign.

Read the Orioles' complete release here.