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Full Name: Edwin Elpidio Encarnacion Current Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Height/Weight: 6'2"/230 Uniform Number: 7
Birthdate: January 7, 1983 Entry Draft: 9th round (274th) in 2000
Birthplace: La Romana, La Romana (Dominican Republic) Drafted By: Texas Rangers
Primary Position: 3B College: N/A


Biography

Edwin Encarnación (born January 7, 1983 in La Romana, Dominican Republic), is a third baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Cincinnati Reds. Listed at 6'-1", 195-pound, Encarnación bats and throws right-handed. Although born in the Dominican Republic, he spent much of his youth in Puerto Rico and attended Manuel Toro High School in Caguas.

Encarnación was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the ninth round of the 2000 amateur draft and signed with them. On June 15, 2001, he was traded along with Rubén Mateo to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Rob Bell. He made his big league debut on June 24, 2005 and saw action in 69 games. He finished with a .232 batting average and nine home runs.

Many baseball pundits and Reds fans alike believe that Encarnación has the ability to become a potent offensive third baseman, but needs to overcome fielding deficiencies — as evidenced by his 25 errors during the 2006 season. The general consensus is that Encarnación makes the difficult plays, but botches too many routine ones and makes ill-advised or errant throws. However, it is often pointed out that possible Hall of Fame Reds shortstop Barry Larkin also had a similar reputation as an erratic fielder early in his career, but later became a three-time Gold Glove Award winner.

In 2007 Edwin started the year slowly with an average barely above .200 in mid-May. He was frequently benched so Ryan Freel could take 3rd giving Josh Hamilton more starts in center. He was at one point yanked mid-game for not running out a fly ball.

On Thursday, May 10, the Cincinnati Reds demoted Edwin to their Triple AAA affiliate, the Louisville Bats, for his low batting average and shaky defense, he was recalled on May 22 and has been a solid contributor since.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2005 CIN N 69 211 25 49 9 31 .232 .308 .436 16 0 20 60 3 0 3 2 8
2006 CIN N 117 406 60 112 15 72 .276 .359 .473 33 1 41 78 13 0 6 3 9
2007 CIN N 139 502 66 145 16 76 .289 .356 .438 25 1 39 86 14 0 8 4 5
2008 CIN N 146 506 75 127 26 68 .251 .340 .466 29 1 61 102 10 0 1 1 13
2009 CIN N 43 139 10 29 5 16 .209 .333 .374 6 1 24 38 2 0 1 0 3
2009 TOR A 42 154 25 37 8 23 .240 .306 .442 5 1 13 29 3 0 1 0 2
2009 Total 85 293 35 66 13 39 .225 .320 .410 11 2 37 67 5 0 2 0 5
Total N 514 1764 236 462 71 263 .262 .345 .449 109 4 185 364 42 0 19 10 38
Total A 42 154 25 37 8 23 .240 .306 .442 5 1 13 29 3 0 1 0 2
Total 556 1918 261 499 79 286 .260 .341 .448 114 5 198 393 45 0 20 10 40

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2005 CIN N 3B 56 55 478 54 116 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 .944
2006 CIN N 3B 111 109 931.1 74 197 25 17 0 0 0 0 0 .916
2006 CIN N 1B 2 1 9 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 CIN N 3B 137 134 1168 112 212 16 21 0 0 0 0 0 .953
2008 CIN N 3B 143 141 1237 91 216 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 .930
2009 CIN N 3B 43 42 362.1 25 69 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 .959
2009 TOR A 3B 42 42 364 27 77 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 .937
2009 Total 3B 85 84 726.1 52 146 11 14 0 0 0 0 0 .947
Total 3B 532 523 4540.2 383 887 85 85 0 0 0 0 0 .937
Total 1B 2 1 9 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

Transactions

Trivia

  • Encarnacion is the fiancee of Jennifer Pena, the eldest daughter of Yankees' bench coach Tony Pena. [1]


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