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Edwin Encarnacion 1BBlue Jays

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .260 0 1 1 0 .296 0.0
Birth Date1-7-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight230 lbs
Age31 years, 9 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.32010
0.72011
3.82012
4.42013
2.62014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 CIN 22 69 234 211 25 49 16 0 9 92 20 60 3 0 0 31 3 0 .232 .308 .436 .256 4.1 1.1 0.5
2006 CIN 23 117 463 406 60 112 33 1 15 192 41 78 13 3 0 72 6 3 .276 .359 .473 .286 29.9 -7.1 2.2
2007 CIN 24 139 556 502 66 145 25 1 16 220 39 86 14 1 0 76 8 1 .289 .356 .438 .278 28.1 -11.6 1.6
2008 CIN 25 146 582 506 75 127 29 1 26 236 61 102 10 5 0 68 1 0 .251 .340 .466 .278 25.9 -15.1 1.1
2009 CIN 26 43 165 139 10 29 6 1 5 52 24 38 2 0 0 16 1 1 .209 .333 .374 .239 -0.5 -1.4 -0.2
2009 TOR 26 42 173 154 25 37 5 1 8 68 13 29 3 3 0 23 1 0 .240 .306 .442 .258 6.2 -1.8 0.4
2010 TOR 27 96 367 332 47 81 16 0 21 160 29 60 2 4 0 51 1 0 .244 .305 .482 .264 15.2 -3.2 1.3
2011 TOR 28 134 530 481 70 131 36 0 17 218 43 77 3 3 0 55 8 2 .272 .334 .453 .271 11.0 -4.5 0.7
2012 TOR 29 151 644 542 93 152 24 0 42 302 84 94 11 7 0 110 13 3 .280 .384 .557 .324 42.3 -6.4 3.8
2013 TOR 30 142 621 530 90 144 29 1 36 283 82 62 4 5 0 104 7 1 .272 .370 .534 .319 45.0 -4.3 4.4
2014 TOR 31 128 542 477 75 128 27 2 34 261 62 82 2 1 0 98 2 0 .268 .354 .547 .307 26.6 -3.3 2.6
Career120748774280636113524682292084498768673207045111.265.349.487.288233.7-57.518.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2001 DYT A 9 38 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .161 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SAV A 45 187 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BIL Rk 52 228 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DYT A 136 571 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 POT A+ 58 244 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CHT AA 67 284 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHT AA 120 526 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CIN MLB 69 234 .256 .256 .325 .403 .256 .282 102 -1.1 6.7 0.9 1.1 -2.4 4.1 0.5 4.1 0.5
2005 LOU AAA 78 330 .301 .272 .334 .435 .250 .342 100 13.4 8.8 1.2 3.6 -0.8 25.5 2.6 25.5 2.6
2006 CIN MLB 117 463 .286 .266 .332 .430 .264 .307 97 13.3 13.9 1.8 -7.1 -0.0 29.9 2.2 29.9 2.2
2006 LOU AAA 10 38 .274 .271 .332 .404 .265 .417 98 0.6 1.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.4 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2007 CIN MLB 139 556 .278 .268 .331 .427 .260 .322 103 11.2 16.5 2.3 -11.6 -0.7 28.1 1.6 28.1 1.6
2007 LOU AAA 11 47 .378 .291 .353 .455 .279 .410 97 6.2 1.4 0.2 -0.5 1.1 8.3 0.8 8.3 0.8
2008 CIN MLB 146 582 .278 .260 .326 .413 .260 .264 101 11.3 16.8 2.3 -15.1 -2.2 25.9 1.1 25.9 1.1
2009 CIN MLB 43 165 .239 .262 .329 .418 .264 .250 96 -3.7 4.7 0.7 -1.4 -2.5 -0.5 -0.2 -0.5 -0.2
2009 TOR MLB 42 173 .258 .270 .335 .434 .263 .242 106 -0.4 5.0 0.7 -1.8 0.9 6.2 0.4 6.2 0.4
2009 LOU AAA 11 45 .283 .270 .344 .414 .263 .276 108 1.1 1.3 0 -0.4 -1.2 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2010 TOR MLB 96 367 .264 .261 .324 .413 .256 .235 111 1.4 10.1 1.3 -3.2 1.7 15.2 1.3 15.2 1.3
2010 DUN A+ 3 13 .227 .273 .355 .414 .287 .000 96 -0.4 0.4 0 0.2 -0.3 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2010 LVG AAA 7 35 .404 .274 .359 .422 .277 .407 103 5.6 1.0 0.1 -0.8 0.0 6.5 0.5 6.5 0.5
2011 TOR MLB 134 530 .271 .257 .318 .405 .260 .292 108 5.8 14.3 -6.1 -4.5 -3.6 11.0 0.7 11.0 0.7
2011 AGU Wnt 5 21 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .111 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TOR MLB 151 644 .324 .251 .314 .402 .258 .266 106 40.6 17.6 -11.1 -6.4 -3.9 42.3 3.8 42.3 3.8
2013 TOR MLB 142 621 .319 .254 .316 .404 .265 .247 102 35.1 16.3 -9.6 -4.3 1.8 45.0 4.4 45.0 4.4
2013 DOM int 6 25 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 TOR MLB 128 542 .307 .248 .311 .382 .259 .260 106 23.7 14.0 -8.9 -3.3 -0.1 26.6 2.6 26.6 2.6
2014 DUN A+ 2 4 .346 .268 .336 .375 .260 .333 117 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 BUF AAA 2 8 .283 .238 .311 .406 .249 .143 97 0.2 0.2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 DYT A 38 2 6 2 0 1 6 1 5 0 1 .162 .184 .297 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SAV A 187 23 52 9 2 4 25 12 34 3 3 .306 .357 .453 .147 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BIL Rk 228 27 55 8 2 5 26 15 29 8 1 .261 .310 .389 .128 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DYT A 571 80 146 32 4 17 73 40 108 25 7 .282 .342 .458 .176 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CHT AA 284 40 69 13 1 5 36 22 44 8 3 .272 .337 .390 .118 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 POT A+ 244 40 69 15 1 6 29 24 32 7 1 .321 .390 .484 .163 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHT AA 526 73 132 35 1 13 76 53 79 17 3 .281 .354 .443 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LOU AAA 330 44 91 23 0 15 54 33 53 7 2 .314 .391 .548 .234 .301 25.5 3.6 2.6
2005 CIN MLB 234 25 49 16 0 9 31 20 60 3 0 .232 .308 .436 .204 .256 4.1 1.1 0.5
2006 CIN MLB 463 60 112 33 1 15 72 41 78 6 3 .276 .359 .473 .197 .286 29.9 -7.1 2.2
2006 LOU AAA 38 6 11 3 0 1 1 2 11 0 0 .306 .342 .472 .167 .274 2.2 -0.2 0.2
2007 CIN MLB 556 66 145 25 1 16 76 39 86 8 1 .289 .356 .438 .149 .278 28.1 -11.6 1.6
2007 LOU AAA 47 12 19 3 0 3 7 1 4 1 0 .413 .426 .674 .261 .378 8.3 -0.5 0.8
2008 CIN MLB 582 75 127 29 1 26 68 61 102 1 0 .251 .340 .466 .215 .278 25.9 -15.1 1.1
2009 LOU AAA 45 5 10 1 0 2 8 8 6 0 0 .270 .400 .459 .189 .283 1.1 -0.4 0.1
2009 TOR MLB 173 25 37 5 1 8 23 13 29 1 0 .240 .306 .442 .201 .258 6.2 -1.8 0.4
2009 CIN MLB 165 10 29 6 1 5 16 24 38 1 1 .209 .333 .374 .165 .239 -0.5 -1.4 -0.2
2010 LVG AAA 35 9 14 2 0 3 13 2 2 0 0 .438 .486 .781 .344 .404 6.5 -0.8 0.5
2010 DUN A+ 13 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 .100 .308 .400 .300 .227 -0.4 0.2 -0.0
2010 TOR MLB 367 47 81 16 0 21 51 29 60 1 0 .244 .305 .482 .238 .264 15.2 -3.2 1.3
2011 TOR MLB 530 70 131 36 0 17 55 43 77 8 2 .272 .334 .453 .181 .271 11.0 -4.5 0.7
2011 AGU Wnt 21 1 2 0 0 1 4 6 5 0 0 .133 .381 .333 .200 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TOR MLB 644 93 152 24 0 42 110 84 94 13 3 .280 .384 .557 .277 .324 42.3 -6.4 3.8
2013 DOM int 25 3 5 0 0 0 3 3 7 0 0 .250 .360 .250 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TOR MLB 621 90 144 29 1 36 104 82 62 7 1 .272 .370 .534 .262 .319 45.0 -4.3 4.4
2014 BUF AAA 8 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .625 .375 .283 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2014 DUN A+ 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 TOR MLB 542 75 128 27 2 34 98 62 82 2 0 .268 .354 .547 .279 .307 26.6 -3.3 2.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2196 0.5059 0.4522 0.8117 0.6409 0.2590 0.8820 0.6335 0.1883
2009 1329 0.4974 0.4270 0.8219 0.6006 0.2545 0.8942 0.6529 0.1781
2010 1401 0.5146 0.4761 0.8231 0.6491 0.2926 0.8889 0.6683 0.1769
2011 1968 0.5300 0.4631 0.8419 0.6395 0.2638 0.8936 0.7008 0.1581
2012 2642 0.5159 0.4102 0.8218 0.5965 0.2111 0.8672 0.6852 0.1782
2013 2434 0.4737 0.4133 0.8429 0.5976 0.2475 0.9042 0.7098 0.1571
2014 2222 0.4766 0.4293 0.8197 0.6147 0.2605 0.8894 0.6700 0.1803
Career141920.50110.43560.82650.61790.25190.88760.67650.1735

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-20 2014-09-20 DTD 0 0 - Back Inflammation -
2014-07-06 2014-08-15 15-DL 40 33 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2014-06-05 2014-06-06 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-03-27 2014-03-28 Camp 1 0 Right Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2013-09-16 2013-09-30 15-DL 14 13 Left Wrist Surgery Scar Tissue 2013-09-19 -
2013-09-08 2013-09-13 DTD 5 4 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2013-07-01 2013-07-04 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-03-22 2013-03-28 Camp 6 0 - Fingers Sprain Index Finger - -
2012-10-01 2012-10-04 DTD 3 3 Right Upper Back Tightness Trapezius - -
2012-09-16 2012-09-20 DTD 4 3 Right Soreness Big Toe - -
2012-08-16 2012-08-17 DTD 1 1 - Wrist Soreness - -
2012-06-04 2012-06-08 DTD 4 3 Right Hand Contusion HBP - -
2012-05-22 2012-05-22 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2011-09-26 2011-09-29 DTD 3 3 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2011-09-10 2011-09-13 DTD 3 2 Left Shoulder Soreness - -
2011-06-27 2011-06-28 DTD 1 1 Low Back Strain -
2011-05-30 2011-05-31 DTD 1 1 Left Surgery Removed Toenail 2011-05-30
2011-05-26 2011-05-28 DTD 2 2 Left Contusion Foul Ball In BP -
2011-04-23 2011-04-27 DTD 4 4 Left Wrist Soreness -
2011-04-10 2011-04-11 DTD 1 1 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2010-08-29 2010-09-13 15-DL 15 14 Left Wrist Sprain -
2010-08-19 2010-08-23 DTD 4 3 Left Wrist Soreness -
2010-04-15 2010-05-17 15-DL 32 30 Right Forearm Strain -
2010-03-04 2010-03-25 Camp 21 0 Left Wrist Recovery From Surgery Hamate 2009-10-30
2010-01-02 2010-01-02 Off 0 0 Face Dermatological Issue Fireworks Accident -
2009-10-30 2009-10-30 Off 0 0 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2009-10-30
2009-09-29 2009-10-02 DTD 3 2 Left Groin Strain -
2009-08-21 2009-09-05 15-DL 15 15 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring Tendon -
2009-04-28 2009-07-03 60-DL 66 58 Left Wrist Fracture Chip -
2009-03-21 2009-03-28 Camp 7 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2009-03-04 2009-03-10 Camp 6 0 Left Wrist Soreness -
2008-09-17 2008-09-22 DTD 5 5 Left Wrist Soreness -
2008-06-23 2008-06-29 DTD 6 5 Low Back Spasms -
2007-06-25 2007-06-26 DTD 1 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2007-03-30 2007-04-02 Camp 3 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2006-06-07 2006-07-06 15-DL 29 27 Left Ankle Sprain -
2005-09-19 2005-09-20 DTD 1 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2005-02-23 2005-02-27 WIN 4 0 Left Shoulder Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 TOR $2,000,000
2015 TOR $10,000,000
2014 TOR $9,000,000
2013 TOR $8,000,000
2012 TOR $3,500,000
2011 TOR $2,500,000
2010 TOR $5,175,000
2009 CIN $2,425,000
2008 CIN $450,000
2007 CIN $407,500
2006 CIN $332,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$22,790,000
2011Current$9,000,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$31,790,000
2 yrFuture$12,000,000
11 yrTotal$43,790,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 85 dPaul Kinzer1 year/$2.5M (2011), 2012 club option

Details
  • 3 years/$29M (2013-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed extension with Toronto 7/12/12. 13:$8M, 14:$9M, 15:$10M, 16:$10M club option, $2M buyout.
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2011), plus 2012 club option. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/16/10. 11:$2M, 12:$3.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. Toronto exercised $3.5M club option 10/31/11.
  • 2 years/$7.6M (2009-10). $0.85M signing bonus. 09:$2M, 10:$4.75M. Re-signed 2/17/09 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $25,000 for 600 PAs. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Cincinnati 7/31/09. DFA by Toronto 6/21/10, sent outright to Triple-A 6/23/10. Contract selected 7/2/10. Claimed by Oakland off waivers from Toronto 11/12/10. Non-tendered by Toronto 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2008). Re-signed 3/4/08.
  • 1 year/$0.4075M (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3325M (2006). Re-signed 2/06.
  • Drafted 2000 (9-274). $55,000 signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 663 98 164 33 1 35 107 80 95 9 2 .286 .378 .531 .322 44.5 1B -12 3.6
80o 648 93 155 31 1 33 102 75 94 9 2 .276 .367 .513 .312 37.4 1B -11 2.8
70o 637 90 149 30 1 32 98 72 94 9 2 .269 .358 .500 .305 32.4 1B -11 2.3
60o 628 87 144 29 1 31 95 70 93 8 2 .263 .351 .489 .299 28.4 1B -11 1.9
50o 619 84 140 28 1 30 92 68 93 8 2 .258 .345 .478 .293 24.6 1B -11 1.5
40o 610 81 135 27 1 29 89 66 93 8 2 .252 .338 .468 .288 21.0 1B -11 1.1
30o 601 78 130 26 1 28 86 63 92 7 2 .246 .331 .457 .282 17.2 1B -11 0.7
20o 590 75 125 25 1 27 83 60 92 7 2 .239 .323 .444 .275 12.9 1B -10 0.3
10o 575 71 118 24 1 25 78 57 91 7 2 .230 .312 .426 .265 7.2 1B -10 -0.3
Weighted Mean620841402813093689382.259.346.480.29425.11B -111.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 39% 0% 4% 96%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015323805176160165140664.230.317.427.2711.016.3-1.4-3.814.96.5-6.8
201633573781152212679611025.231.320.433.2750.616.1-2.2-5.814.99.1-10.3
201734633851342702685631064.241.324.432.2760.415.5-2.6-6.414.99.5-11.4
2018353975481161175345651.232.324.427.2741.117.7-1.6-4.014.98.4-7.1
2019364445889171195845781.225.311.413.2660.512.5-1.8-4.514.93.8-8.0
20203754971109210227055980.226.310.406.264-0.19.4-2.2-5.514.92.2-9.9
2021383604569130134436650.221.304.393.2580.28.7-1.5-3.614.9-1.1-6.5
2022394245383161165240750.219.299.390.255-0.26.2-1.7-4.314.9-2.8-7.6
202340593731182212272541070.222.298.391.252-0.92.0-2.4-6.014.9-4.6-10.7

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
48.15032.132.423.917.6186.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Justin Morneau 2012 .269
2 86 Kevin Youkilis 2010 .329
3 85 Mark Teixeira 2011 .293
4 85 Carl Yastrzemski 1971 .280
5 84 Todd Helton 2005 .316
6 84 Nick Johnson 2010 .249
7 84 Adrian Gonzalez 2013 .293
8 83 Milton Bradley 2009 .271
9 83 Kent Hrbek 1991 .288
10 82 Jason Giambi 2002 .351
11 82 Ted Kluszewski 1956 .300
12 82 Lance Berkman 2007 .296
13 82 Norm Cash 1966 .303
14 82 Eddie Murray 1987 .285
15 80 Frank Thomas 1999 .300
16 80 Chipper Jones 2003 .314
17 80 Andre Ethier 2013 .284
18 79 Aramis Ramirez 2009 .311
19 79 Rafael Palmeiro 1996 .307
20 79 Brian Giles 2002 .350
21 78 Lyle Overbay 2008 .270
22 78 Aubrey Huff 2008 .302
23 78 Paul Konerko 2007 .280
24 77 Andy Pafko 1952 .299
25 77 Stan Musial 1952 .372
26 77 Jose Bautista 2012 .307
27 77 Carlos Beltran 2008 .304
28 77 Chase Utley 2010 .317
29 77 Garrett Atkins 2011 .000 DNP
30 77 George Brett 1984 .288
31 76 Josh Willingham 2010 .315
32 76 Derrek Lee 2007 .303
33 76 David Murphy 2013 .234
34 76 Ben Zobrist 2012 .311
35 76 Gary Sheffield 2000 .351
36 76 Ian Kinsler 2013 .291
37 76 Jeff Bagwell 1999 .347
38 75 Bob Watson 1977 .314
39 75 Keith Hernandez 1985 .292
40 75 Oscar Gamble 1981 .299
41 75 Al Kaline 1966 .341
42 75 Rod Carew 1977 .349
43 75 Mike Sweeney 2005 .290
44 75 Corey Hart 2013 .000 DNP
45 75 Victor Martinez 2010 .281
46 75 Edgar Martinez 1994 .295
47 75 Roger Maris 1966 .269
48 75 Eric Chavez 2009 .102
49 75 Juan Rivera 2010 .257
50 75 Michael Cuddyer 2010 .254
51 74 Nick Swisher 2012 .292
52 74 Jack Clark 1987 .367
53 74 J.D. Drew 2007 .285
54 74 Matt Holliday 2011 .320
55 74 Billy Williams 1969 .292
56 74 Rico Carty 1971 .000 DNP
57 73 Frank Robinson 1967 .373
58 73 Carlos Lee 2007 .283
59 73 Dan Johnson 2011 .142
60 73 Boog Powell 1973 .301
61 73 John Olerud 2000 .287
62 73 Ted Simmons 1981 .243
63 73 Morgan Ensberg 2007 .249
64 73 Jason Kubel 2013 .225
65 73 Rocky Colavito 1965 .325
66 72 David Ortiz 2007 .345
67 72 Hank Aaron 1965 .341
68 72 Shane Victorino 2012 .264
69 72 Josh Hamilton 2012 .310
70 72 Sal Bando 1975 .265
71 72 Nate McLouth 2013 .269
72 72 Magglio Ordonez 2005 .282
73 71 Albert Belle 1998 .343
74 71 Bernie Williams 2000 .309
75 71 Willie Mays 1962 .347
76 71 Bobby Abreu 2005 .313
77 71 Rickey Henderson 1990 .367
78 71 Ben Francisco 2013 .180
79 71 Carlos Delgado 2003 .331
80 71 Curtis Granderson 2012 .287
81 71 Dave Winfield 1983 .298
82 71 Larry Walker 1998 .326
83 71 Ty Wigginton 2009 .234
84 70 Ryan Klesko 2002 .311
85 70 Orlando Cepeda 1969 .277
86 70 Wade Boggs 1989 .315
87 70 Travis Hafner 2008 .223
88 70 Luke Scott 2009 .277
89 70 Reggie Smith 1976 .292
90 70 Benny Ayala 1982 .300
91 70 Will Clark 1995 .308
92 70 Cody Ross 2012 .289
93 70 Hal McRae 1977 .299
94 70 Ken Singleton 1978 .326
95 70 Ben Broussard 2008 .178
96 70 Jody Gerut 2009 .227
97 70 David DeJesus 2011 .261
98 70 Austin Kearns 2011 .222
99 70 Aaron Hill 2013 .288
100 70 Glenn Davis 1992 .285

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .279 .382 .544 .317
11 vs R (Multi) .270 .361 .518 .308
18 Split (Multi) -.009 -.021 -.026 -.009
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .270 .372 .486 .286
31 vs R (2013) .272 .370 .547 .321
38 Split (2013) .002 -.002 .060 .035
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 It turns out that the key to unlocking the potential in Encarnacionís bat was to take away his third-basemanís glove. Over the last three seasons, the Artist Formerly Known as E5 has hit .238/.280/.497 while playing third base, and .287/.361/.535 while playing first base or serving as the designated hitter. Encarnacion is penciled in as the regular DH in 2013, but he could find his way back on the field if neither Adam Lind nor Cooper asserts himself as a competent major-league first baseman. Encarnacion agreed to a three-year, $29 million contract extension last summer, a deal that will keep him in Toronto through his age-32 season.
2012 No longer able to play a convincing third base, Encarnacion spent most of his time DHing for the Blue Jays. There, he cut his strikeout rate to 15 percent, the lowest of his career, and his BABIP and batting average both rose in the deal. The result was less power than in 2010 but a more productive offensive campaign. The home runs he hit tended to clear the wall in left field by a wide margin: eight of them went more than 400 feet. That augurs well for his production next year. Itíll cost the Blue Jays an extra $3 million to exercise his option, which makes him a good deal but not a steal.
2011 A tools checklist for Encarnacion would look like a game of tic-tac-toe after the first move: only one box marked. He is a miserable defender (according to metrics ranging from the Mesozoic to the futuristic), lacks a good arm at third, does not hit for average, and runs poorly. His plate discipline is league-average in a good year. The thing he can do, the reason he is still a starting major-league third baseman, is hit for power. His isolated power put him in the top 25 among players with at least 300 plate appearances in 2010. Claimed off waivers by the Athletics but non-tendered before he got to touch the green and gold, Encarnacion won't have to see his numbers decline in a big ballpark in 2011. Instead, he'll return to Toronto for strict DH duty.
2010 After a slow start, Encarnacion fractured his wrist 19 games into the 2009 season, sat out two months, then after a strong return in July was flipped to Toronto in the deal that brought Scott Rolen closer to home in Cincinnati. His two months in Toronto followed a similar pattern minus the injury: bad August, strong September. Thus, entering his age-27 season, Encarnacion is no closer to realizing his potential. He might actually be further away, given the fact that heíll no longer be playing his home games at the Gap (.274/.368/.476 career vs. .250/.320/.427 elsewhere). A brutal fielder, Encarnacion has survived thus far on the promise in his bat, but heís in danger of breaking that promise.
2009 Encarnacion has settled into an uncomfortable grooveóhis offensive performance is consistent, as are the defensive lapses at the hot corner. He's still young enough and talented enough to break out, but at this point it seems unlikely that he's ever going to be Graig Nettles. It's time to stop getting frustrated about the things Encarnacion does poorly, and focus on what he does well: bring some power to the lineup. Given his iceberg-like nature, bringing his team two wins above replacement with his bat but giving away one with the glove, he might be better utilized in a platoon or other part-time arrangement, depending on the ground-ball/fly-ball mix of the day's pitcher.
2008 After wearing out Jerry Narron's good will in 2007, Edwin Encarnacion will get a fresh start with a new manager. A mid-May demotion to Triple-A lit a fire under the young third baseman, who took out his frustrations on the International League for a couple of weeks, then went on to bat .307/.370/.476 after his return to the majors. He'd be well advised to keep the initiative-the new boss, Dusty Baker, has a doghouse twice as roomy as his predecessors' and is particularly ill-disposed toward talented youths who don't give their all on defense.
2007 Encarnacion lost most of June to an ankle injury and a good chunk of July to Jerry Narron`s disgust over his defense. He was the Reds` leading regular in RBI percentage, plating almost 17 percent of the guys on board when he hit, but like a lot of Reds, you have to wonder how much of his production is the hitter and how much is the ballpark. He hit .323/.419/.526 at the Gap, but just .234/.301/.425 on the road. That`s the difference between earning comparisons to David Wright or to Jim Presley. In the field, Encarnacion is athletic, but his glovework at third is inconsistent enough to be career-altering. The Reds need him at third for the time being, but barring improvement, there will come a time when they`ll have to decide if first is his destiny or Joey Votto`s.
2005 As one of the youngest players in the Southern League, Encarnacion put up a solid line, showing marked improvement in his power. So why were the Reds going the desperate route in having Austin Kearns try to learn how to play third in a matter of weeks, when their best prospect keeps getting better? Encarnacion still needs to improve his defense, and you'd like to see more power and overall growth in his game before he competes for the big league job. Still, he could be ready by 2006, if not sooner, so signing Randa to a modest one-year deal keeps Encarnacion's path clear while mercifully ending the Kearns experiment.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Craig. Dynasty league question. Want your opinion on a trade. Edwin Encarnacion for Chris Sale and Jose Altuve. Fair trade? Who comes out on top? Who has to add?
(Kris from NY)
Give me the Sale/Altuve side. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Preseason I traded the number 1 draft pick which ended up being Tanaka for Edwin Encarnacion in a 16 team 35 man roster. Pretty standard scoring. Thoughts on the deal now after the first month of the season?
(Connor from Alaska )
Would have told you I liked it a lot at the time. Still like it a lot now. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some of your favorite buy low candidates to target that some owners might be ready to overreact to their slow starts on? Thanks Mike
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
Based on some of the questions I'm getting here, Adam Jones. Edwin Encarnacion if it's not too late. Robinson Cano if people are afraid that the power won't come back at all (though I do think he'll have a down year). (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)who wins this trade 2 years of control of Encarnacion and Anabal at resonable auction prices for 4 years of cheap control of Walker and Stroman?
(Jon from Tx)
I like the two years of Edwin Encarnacion and Anibal Sanchez better than Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman. It often takes young pitchers 300-400 innings to get to their talent level. You might be buying 2 years of subpar performance. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)16 team dynasty league, our batting cats are runs, homers, RBI, walks, K's, steals, average, and OPS, and Pitching cats are K's, QS, wins, saves, holds, era, whip, and k/bb. I got two offers for my 1-1 pick which would be tanaka. Edwin Encarnacion and the 9th pick in the draft or my 1-1 and Michael Pineda for Cano and a reliever or something. Which is the better offer?
(Connor from Alaska)
The first offer (Encarnacion and the pick) is better. EE is pretty close to the top first basemen in the majors while that nine pick should be pretty sweet, even in a keeper. Robinson Cano is obviously really good but I feel like you're getting a 2 for 1 with the first deal and a 1-for-1 with the second one. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy Keeper League, you can only keep 3 of the following players. Who do you keep? Bryce Harper, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Fernandez, Felix Hernandez and Adam Wainwright
(Jason from Philly)
I'd lean Hanley, Harper, and Felix. Although you can probably make a case for Fernandez. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)would you trade Prince for Edwin in a keeper league?
(Koalas from NY)
Sure. Edwin Encarnacion is only a year older than Prince Fielder and has been terrific with the bat for two years running. Even if Fielder bounces back next year, they're comparable, and much of the advantage of Fielder - the certainty - has slipped away this year. In leagues with moderate in-season games played requirements, Encarnacion could also wind up slotting in at 3B at some point in 2014 as well. (Mike Gianella)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)So, do we buy into the 2012 Edwin Encarnacion ans the real E5, especially since he doesn't have to play third anymore?
(Yatchisin from Santa Barbara)
Yatchisin, unfortunately if you want E5 (might be time to change the nickname) you'll have to buy into him. I'm partially buying, thinking 32-33 homers, but not shoving all-in. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a snowball's chance in hell that Edwin Encarnacion comes anywhere close to replicating his 2012 season? He was the #4 overall hitter in my league behind Braun, Miggy, and Trout. Please offer some perspective on his apparent anomaly.
(Barry from Bloomington)
I'm more optimistic than I am about the typical anomalous statistical performance. He made some adjustments to his swing that were intended to make him a better opposite-field hitter, and he was one. Obviously, I'd expect a little regression, but I'm not sure it was fundamentally fluky. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm about to shop Edwin Encarnacion. What's a reasonable return if I am looking for SP?
(Ted from Austin)
The Phillies studs, Darvish, Wainwright... so just below the top of the heap. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does batting stance matter in scouting? If you saw three players at age 18 with the same hit tool/bat speed, one with Julio Franco's stance, one with Trout's neutral stance and one with Edwin Encarnacion's open stance would you prefer one over the other. I would imagine that Franco's natural complexity would make him more adaptable to a learned adjustment if he struggled during development.
(Name from Place)
I used to worry about it more than I do now. As long as it works, let it rip. Every player has a unique relationship with the bat and the process of putting that bat to the ball. Are there things I want to see mechanically over others? Hell yes. But as long as the bat ends up in the right place in the right time, I don't care how a player makes it happen. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't really have a 1B. I have excess pitching and RF: If I package one of Hunter Pence/Jose Bautista and Max Scherzer, what kind of 1B would you target (my team is built to win now).
(Michael from Milwaukee)
It really depends on which one of Pence/Bautista you package. Bautista/Scherzer should probably fetch you one of the elite first baseman. I'd probably pair Pence and Scherzer and aim a bit lower. Perhaps target someone like Edwin Encarnacion in hopes that his owner has questions about his ability to follow up on his breakout. You could also inquire about the availability of Paul Goldschmidt or Billy Butler in a deal revolving around Pence/Scherzer. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which Edwin Encarnacion shows up in 2013? The one that finally broke out like every fantasy owner has waited for since he's been up in the majors and always tops of "sleeper" candidates or the one that had continually disappointed owners?
(jlarsen from chicago)
The one that finally broke out. For sure. My E5 love is well-documented. (Derek Carty)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Over/under 34.5 home runs for Edwin Encarnacion?
(Renfei from DC)
I love me some Edwin. At this point, given that he already has 13, 34.5 would mean about 4.75 per month from here on out. I'll take the slight over. (Derek Carty)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Edwin Encarnacion - 30 dingers and 80 rbi this year? Justin Masterson - 15 wins and 180 K this year?
(josh from VA)
Encarnacion has never hit more than 26 HR in a season, so I'll take the under there. Masterson has got to solve his crazy splits against lefties if he's going to be that good. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I will make a bold statement here.I would not be surprised if to some extent,Edwin Encarnacion becomes next year's Jose Bautista.Consider these similarities : Encarnacion does not really have a position,is on a 1 year /2.5 milion contract ( Bautista was on a 1 year /2.5) and they have somewhat similar hitting stats in the past if you take away 2010.Encarnacion also has the bat speed and youth on his side.Not saying he will hit 50 but 30-40 HR is not out of the question considering last year's HR rate per AB.What do you think of this ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
Please don't tell me "Who is the next Bautista" is this year's version of "Who are the next Rays". Encarnacion could be in line for a power spike, but I'll buy you a teacup pig if he hits 40 HR. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)So it looks like Matsui may sign with the A's. Where else do you see them finding lineup help because I don't think he'll be enough?
(Dave from Chicago)
Oh, woe. As color-appropriate as it may be to have Godzilla signed up with the Green Machine, barring something really creative the only lineup slot really left is third base. The Beltre campaign was DOA, but we can always hope they re-sign Edwin Encarnacion to less than he was eligible to make via arbitration (Cust-style). Kouzmanoff won't cut it. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should Bautista's hot corner defence scare me, or should I have long ago accepted that he's much more than what I expected and just keep the gift horse's mouth firmly shut?
(JT from Michigan)
More the latter than the former. If you were willing to tolerate Ed Sprague or Edwin Encarnacion, after all... (Christina Kahrl)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who should play 3B for the Indians next season (cannot be from this set: {Nix, Valbuena, Marte})? Are there any "blocked" prospects in orgs like Tampa, Washington, or New York who have third basemen in place for the next half-decade that Cleveland could trade for?
(buffum from Austin TX)
I could see them swooping in on a potential non-tender, perhaps a Jose Lopez, maybe an Edwin Encarnacion. Or, irony of ironies, Kevin Kouzmanoff. (John Perrotto)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)What should the order of the BlueJays rotation be for 2011 - Marcum, Romero, Morrow, Cecil, Drabek? Do any of them have true stud potential.
(garethbluejays2 from Newcastle, UK)
Well, I think Romero already is a stud. Drabek definitely has stud potential. Marcum is very, very good. And Morrow wasn't touted so highly for nothing. The order of those five pitchers doesn't matter. No matter how you align them that is a very formidable rotation that no team will want to face. But unless they provide actual offensive players in place of Edwin Encarnacion and Lyle Overbay, we're looking at another 4th place finish. I really like what Alex Anthopolous is doing, but the Blue Jays have ALWAYS had strong pitching. This is nothing new. (Eric Seidman)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you as surprised as I am that Edwin Encarnacion cleared waivers?
(huckyoda from NYC)
No. Teams hate his defense, probably don't like his low batting average, and are concerned with his various injuries. Not a mystery why he'd slip through. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Zach Stewart, Josh Roenicke, and Edwin Encarnacion...what is your opinion of the trio?
(Shawn from Winnipeg)
I have no idea what to make of Encarnacion any longer, but he's worth taking a flyer on. Stewart might be a high-leverage reliever pretty soon, but he has some command issues. The main gain here is whatever financial savings occur. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Edwin Encarnacion's ship sailed? In fact, was that little dinghy ever even in port?
(Charles from Ann Arbor)
I still like him, though I seem to be in the minority now. I think he can be an at least league-average third baseman, maybe more. (John Perrotto)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you Reds fans finally have reason for optimism with a solid young core of Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Phillips, Chris Dickerson, Johnny Cueto, and Edinson Volquez?
(Brandon from Charleston)
Absolutely, there's reason for optimism so long as Dusty Baker doesn't mangle those arms.

I had the Reds as my sleeper team last year and while they didn't get there, most of the guys you mentioned are fascinating, with a ton of upside. The series I watched most closely all year long was when the Reds came to Yankee Stadium in late June.

I don't see the Reds with a shot at the 2009 NL Central but I think third place is a possibility with the right moves this winter. One of which might be taking out a restraining order against Baker from coming to the ballpark. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for your great work, Marc. Your Player Profiles are my favorite BP articles. Just wanted to ask you your thoughts on Eric Patterson and Matt Harrison. I'm in a keeper league and am inclined to gamble on their upsides. Thanks!
(Dennis from LA)
Thanks Dennis, I appreciate that! Hopefully you all saw the Mike Gonzalez collaboration we ran a few weeks back. I'm looking forward to more of those, plus solo efforts like the Edwin Encarnacion one I mentioned earlier.

I'm not sure either is a keeper guy honestly, though some may love them more than I. (Marc Normandin)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I foresee a huge breakout season by Edwin Encarnacion...agree?
(Doug from KC)
PECOTA likes the way you think. If Dusty Baker sees it like the three of us do, then yeah, he should breakout. I'm a fan personally. (Marc Normandin)


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