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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 35)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
329 .260 18 47 53 1 .290 1.7
Birth Date1-7-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight230 lbs
Age35 years, 5 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.82014
4.72015
2.72016
2.72017
2.02018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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 4.2 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 29.0 -6.2 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 29.3 -12.7 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 28.2 -17.4 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 -0.8 -1.2 -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 6.1 -1.9 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 14.5 -2.9 1.2
2011 TOR 28 134 530 481 70 131 36 0 17 218 43 77 3 3 0 55 8 2 .272 .334 .453 .271 10.3 -3.9 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 43.1 -7.3 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 43.6 -3.1 4.4
2014 TOR 31 128 542 477 75 128 27 2 34 261 62 82 2 1 98 2 0 .268 .354 .547 .310 30.4 -5.4 2.8
2015 TOR 32 146 624 528 94 146 31 0 39 294 77 98 9 10 0 111 3 2 .277 .372 .557 .324 43.5 0.1 4.7
2016 TOR 33 160 702 601 99 158 34 0 42 318 87 138 5 8 0 127 2 0 .263 .357 .529 .291 28.7 -2.8 2.7
2017 CLE 34 157 669 554 96 143 20 1 38 279 104 133 5 5 0 107 2 0 .258 .377 .504 .297 27.5 -0.6 2.7
2018 CLE 35 65 276 248 35 57 9 0 16 114 24 70 3 0 0 44 0 0 .230 .305 .460 .263 2.2 0.5 0.3
Career17357148621196016393409364308979012078955010935813.264.352.497.292339.9-63.728.9

Statistics for All Levels

'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 4.2 0.5 4.2 0.5
2005 LOU AAA 78 330 .287 .275 .334 .439 .253 .342 105 9.1 8.8 1.2 6.8 -0.5 18.5 2.4 18.5 2.4
2006 CIN MLB 117 463 .286 .266 .332 .430 .264 .307 97 13.3 13.9 1.8 -6.2 -0.0 29.0 2.2 29.0 2.2
2006 LOU AAA 10 38 .274 .271 .332 .404 .265 .417 98 0.6 1.1 -0.1 0.0 0.4 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2007 CIN MLB 139 556 .278 .268 .331 .427 .260 .322 103 11.2 16.5 2.3 -12.7 -0.7 29.3 1.6 29.3 1.6
2007 LOU AAA 11 47 .378 .291 .353 .455 .279 .410 97 6.2 1.4 0.2 -1.1 1.1 8.9 0.8 8.9 0.8
2008 CIN MLB 146 582 .278 .260 .326 .413 .260 .264 101 11.3 16.8 2.3 -17.4 -2.2 28.2 1.1 28.2 1.1
2009 CIN MLB 43 165 .239 .262 .329 .418 .264 .250 96 -3.7 4.7 0.7 -1.2 -2.5 -0.8 -0.2 -0.8 -0.2
2009 TOR MLB 42 173 .258 .270 .335 .434 .263 .242 106 -0.4 5.0 0.7 -1.9 0.9 6.1 0.4 6.1 0.4
2009 LOU AAA 11 45 .283 .270 .344 .414 .263 .276 108 1.1 1.3 0 -0.6 -1.2 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2010 TOR MLB 96 367 .264 .261 .324 .413 .256 .235 111 1.4 10.1 1.3 -2.9 1.7 14.5 1.2 14.5 1.2
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 -1.1 0.0 6.8 0.5 6.8 0.5
2011 TOR MLB 134 530 .271 .257 .318 .405 .260 .292 108 5.8 14.3 -6.1 -3.9 -3.6 10.3 0.7 10.3 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 -7.3 -3.9 43.1 3.8 43.1 3.8
2013 TOR MLB 142 621 .319 .254 .316 .404 .265 .247 102 35.1 16.3 -9.6 -3.1 1.8 43.6 4.4 43.6 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 .310 .248 .311 .382 .259 .260 104 25.3 14.0 -8.9 -5.4 -0.1 30.4 2.8 30.4 2.8
2014 DUN A+ 2 4 .343 .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 .281 .238 .311 .406 .249 .143 98 0.2 0.2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2015 TOR MLB 146 624 .324 .255 .316 .413 .260 .267 103 39.1 16.8 -10.8 0.1 -1.6 43.5 4.7 43.5 4.7
2016 TOR MLB 160 702 .291 .257 .321 .425 .259 .270 109 22 19.8 -12.7 -2.8 -0.4 28.7 2.7 28.7 2.7
2017 CLE MLB 157 669 .297 .261 .330 .435 .265 .271 106 25.6 19.5 -12.5 -0.6 -5.2 27.5 2.7 27.5 2.7
2018 CLE MLB 65 276 .263 .248 .320 .416 .266 .253 106 0.8 7.6 -4.9 0.5 -1.3 2.2 0.3 2.2 0.3

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 .287 18.5 6.8 2.4
2005 CIN MLB 234 25 49 16 0 9 31 20 60 3 0 .232 .308 .436 .204 .256 4.2 1.1 0.5
2006 CIN MLB 463 60 112 33 1 15 72 41 78 6 3 .276 .359 .473 .197 .286 29.0 -6.2 2.2
2006 LOU AAA 38 6 11 3 0 1 1 2 11 0 0 .306 .342 .472 .167 .274 2.0 0.0 0.2
2007 CIN MLB 556 66 145 25 1 16 76 39 86 8 1 .289 .356 .438 .149 .278 29.3 -12.7 1.6
2007 LOU AAA 47 12 19 3 0 3 7 1 4 1 0 .413 .426 .674 .261 .378 8.9 -1.1 0.8
2008 CIN MLB 582 75 127 29 1 26 68 61 102 1 0 .251 .340 .466 .215 .278 28.2 -17.4 1.1
2009 TOR MLB 173 25 37 5 1 8 23 13 29 1 0 .240 .306 .442 .201 .258 6.1 -1.9 0.4
2009 CIN MLB 165 10 29 6 1 5 16 24 38 1 1 .209 .333 .374 .165 .239 -0.8 -1.2 -0.2
2009 LOU AAA 45 5 10 1 0 2 8 8 6 0 0 .270 .400 .459 .189 .283 1.3 -0.6 0.1
2010 TOR MLB 367 47 81 16 0 21 51 29 60 1 0 .244 .305 .482 .238 .264 14.5 -2.9 1.2
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 LVG AAA 35 9 14 2 0 3 13 2 2 0 0 .438 .486 .781 .344 .404 6.8 -1.1 0.5
2011 TOR MLB 530 70 131 36 0 17 55 43 77 8 2 .272 .334 .453 .181 .271 10.3 -3.9 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 43.1 -7.3 3.8
2013 TOR MLB 621 90 144 29 1 36 104 82 62 7 1 .272 .370 .534 .262 .319 43.6 -3.1 4.4
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
2014 BUF AAA 8 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .625 .375 .281 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2014 DUN A+ 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 TOR MLB 542 75 128 27 2 34 98 62 82 2 0 .268 .354 .547 .279 .310 30.4 -5.4 2.8
2015 TOR MLB 624 94 146 31 0 39 111 77 98 3 2 .277 .372 .557 .280 .324 43.5 0.1 4.7
2016 TOR MLB 702 99 158 34 0 42 127 87 138 2 0 .263 .357 .529 .266 .291 28.7 -2.8 2.7
2017 CLE MLB 669 96 143 20 1 38 107 104 133 2 0 .258 .377 .504 .245 .297 27.5 -0.6 2.7
2018 CLE MLB 276 35 57 9 0 16 44 24 70 0 0 .230 .305 .460 .230 .263 2.2 0.5 0.3

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2172 0.4977 0.4530 0.7937 0.6457 0.2621 0.8668 0.6154 0.2063 991 -0.000486
2009 1328 0.4804 0.4270 0.8113 0.6113 0.2565 0.8692 0.6836 0.1887 616 -0.001610
2010 1401 0.5032 0.4754 0.8123 0.6553 0.2931 0.8810 0.6569 0.1877 600 -0.004384
2011 1967 0.5114 0.4631 0.8222 0.6441 0.2737 0.8688 0.7072 0.1778 886 -0.004336
2012 2634 0.4962 0.4104 0.8067 0.5983 0.2253 0.8491 0.6957 0.1933 1284 -0.003718
2013 2434 0.4671 0.4133 0.8390 0.6077 0.2429 0.8915 0.7238 0.1610 1168 -0.002706
2014 2222 0.4806 0.4293 0.8124 0.6124 0.2600 0.8777 0.6700 0.1876 1030 -0.002595
2015 2493 0.4621 0.4348 0.7685 0.6424 0.2565 0.8284 0.6395 0.2315 1192 -0.006620
2016 2881 0.4700 0.4269 0.7642 0.6425 0.2358 0.8402 0.5806 0.2358 0 0.000000
2017 2872 0.4526 0.4272 0.7465 0.6638 0.2316 0.8297 0.5495 0.2535 0 0.000000
2018 1018 0.4342 0.4519 0.7391 0.6448 0.3038 0.8526 0.5543 0.2609 0 0.000000
Career234220.47770.43420.79170.63320.25250.8570.64250.2083727.4847-0.0024

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2020 CLE $5,000,000
2019 CLE $21,666,667
2018 CLE $18,666,667
2017 CLE $14,666,666
2016 TOR $10,000,000
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
12 yrPrevious$66,456,666
2018Current$18,666,667
13 yrPvs + Cur$85,123,333
2 yrFuture$26,666,667
15 yrTotal$111,790,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 85 dRep 1 Baseball3 years/$60M (2017-19), 2020 option

Details
  • 3 years/$60M (2017-19), plus 2020 club option. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 1/5/17. $5M signing bonus. 17:$13M, 18:$17M, 19:$20M, 20:$20M club option ($5M buyout). Annual bonuses based on Cleveland home attendance figures: $0.15M each for 2M, 2.15M, 2.30M, 2.50M, 2.75M tickets. $0.25M for 3M tickets.
  • 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. Toronto exercised 2016 option 11/3/15. Toronto made $17.2M qualifying offer 11/7/16 (rejected).
  • 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 by Cincinnati 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 by Cincinnati 3/4/08.
  • 1 year/$0.4075M (2007). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3325M (2006). Re-signed by Cincinnati 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Re-signed by Cincinnati 2/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Contract purchased by Cincinnati 11/20/03.
  • Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Texas 6/15/01.
  • Drafted by Texas 2000 (9-274) (Manuela Toro Morice HS, Caguas, P.R.). $55,000 signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 383 60 96 18 1 23 68 52 64 1 0 .294 .394 .567 .325 33.2 1B 0 3.5
80o 365 55 88 16 1 21 63 48 63 1 0 .282 .381 .542 .313 27.1 1B 0 2.8
70o 351 52 83 15 1 20 59 45 61 1 0 .275 .372 .530 .304 23.0 1B 0 2.4
60o 340 49 77 14 0 19 56 42 60 1 0 .263 .359 .505 .297 19.6 1B 0 2.1
50o 329 47 74 14 0 18 53 40 59 1 0 .260 .353 .498 .290 16.7 1B 0 1.7
40o 318 44 69 13 0 17 50 38 58 1 0 .250 .343 .482 .283 13.9 1B 0 1.4
30o 307 41 65 12 0 16 47 35 57 1 0 .243 .333 .468 .276 11.0 1B 0 1.1
20o 293 38 59 11 0 14 44 33 55 1 0 .230 .320 .436 .267 8.0 1B 0 0.8
10o 275 35 54 10 0 13 40 29 53 1 0 .223 .309 .426 .255 4.0 1B 0 0.4
Weighted Mean33247741401854415910.258.352.495.29217.61B 01.8

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 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
201936553841232402986681020.258.353.495.2822.523.3-2.0-2.414.812.9-0.7
20203753880118221288364990.254.345.487.2772.119.7-2.0-2.414.49.7-0.7
20213849372104200267460930.242.338.471.2721.615.3-1.8-2.313.26.1-0.7
20223947871103200257356900.249.340.480.2741.715.9-1.8-2.212.87.1-0.6
2023404556798180246953850.248.340.477.2731.514.6-1.7-2.112.26.2-0.6
2024414236190170216349810.246.337.466.2691.211.8-1.6-2.011.44.0-0.6
2025423845581150195644750.241.332.457.2650.99.0-1.4-1.810.31.9-0.5
2026433565074140175141700.239.331.451.2630.87.8-1.3-1.79.61.2-0.5
2027443344770130164838660.240.330.451.2630.77.2-1.2-1.69.01.0-0.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 91 Lance Berkman 2011 .346
2 90 Vladimir Guerrero 2010 .277
3 90 Stan Musial 1956 .300
4 89 Paul Konerko 2011 .314
5 88 Albert Pujols 2015 .279
6 87 George Brett 1988 .326
7 87 Mark Teixeira 2015 .313
8 86 David Ortiz 2011 .307
9 86 Oscar Gamble 1985 .257
10 85 Hideki Matsui 2009 .289
11 85 Rafael Palmeiro 2000 .294
12 85 Todd Helton 2009 .310
13 84 Edgar Martinez 1998 .332
14 84 Matt Holliday 2015 .299
15 84 Travis Hafner 2012 .287
16 84 Derrek Lee 2011 .266
17 83 Chipper Jones 2007 .345
18 82 Luke Scott 2013 .281
19 82 Sid Gordon 1953 .319
20 82 Carlos Beltran 2012 .296
21 82 Roy Sievers 1962 .284
22 82 Al Kaline 1970 .298
23 82 Norm Cash 1970 .291
24 82 Davey Johnson 1978 .247
25 81 Carl Yastrzemski 1975 .270
26 81 Eddie Murray 1991 .270
27 81 Andre Thornton 1985 .257
28 81 Kevin Youkilis 2014 .000 DNP
29 81 Jeff Bagwell 2003 .294
30 81 Carlos Delgado 2007 .262
31 81 Brian Giles 2006 .289
32 81 Frank Thomas 2003 .321
33 80 Adam LaRoche 2015 .233
34 80 Ryan Klesko 2006 .579
35 80 Luis Gonzalez 2003 .307
36 80 Jose Bautista 2016 .270
37 80 Adrian Gonzalez 2017 .230
38 80 Aubrey Huff 2012 .246
39 80 Gary Sheffield 2004 .309
40 80 J.D. Drew 2011 .234
41 80 Aramis Ramirez 2013 .288
42 79 Billy Williams 1973 .287
43 79 Jayson Werth 2014 .320
44 79 Paul Molitor 1992 .317
45 79 Jason Giambi 2006 .314
46 79 Andre Ethier 2017 .271
47 79 Bob Watson 1981 .244
48 79 Josh Willingham 2014 .275
49 79 Ted Kluszewski 1960 .288
50 78 Bobby Abreu 2009 .284
51 78 Barry Bonds 2000 .363
52 78 Harold Baines 1994 .276
53 78 Larry Walker 2002 .318
54 78 Monte Irvin 1954 .281
55 78 Kevin Mitchell 1997 .213
56 78 Rocky Colavito 1969 .000 DNP
57 78 Rickey Henderson 1994 .296
58 78 David Justice 2001 .263
59 78 Champ Summers 1981 .266
60 78 Magglio Ordonez 2009 .269
61 78 Frank Robinson 1971 .332
62 77 Victor Martinez 2014 .335
63 77 Moises Alou 2002 .262
64 77 Rod Carew 1981 .296
65 77 Pedro Guerrero 1991 .263
66 77 Mike Stanley 1998 .292
67 77 Don Baylor 1984 .306
68 77 Curtis Granderson 2016 .296
69 77 Hal McRae 1981 .276
70 77 Willie McCovey 1973 .339
71 77 Alex Rodriguez 2011 .284
72 77 Boog Powell 1977 .263
73 77 Pat Burrell 2012 .000 DNP
74 77 Nick Swisher 2016 .000 DNP
75 77 John Wockenfuss 1984 .303
76 77 Rico Carty 1975 .321
77 76 Paul O'Neill 1998 .304
78 76 Mike Napoli 2017 .237
79 76 Keith Hernandez 1989 .251
80 76 Michael Cuddyer 2014 .316
81 76 Manny Ramirez 2007 .294
82 76 Mike Piazza 2004 .282
83 76 Minnie Minoso 1961 .298
84 76 Don Mincher 1973 .000 DNP
85 76 Rusty Staub 1979 .259
86 76 Chase Utley 2014 .288
87 76 Harmon Killebrew 1971 .309
88 76 Adrian Beltre 2014 .320
89 76 Lyle Overbay 2012 .251
90 76 Terry Crowley 1982 .268
91 75 Carlos Pena 2013 .255
92 75 Bernie Williams 2004 .268
93 75 Carlos Guillen 2011 .222
94 75 Jorge Posada 2007 .324
95 75 Cliff Floyd 2008 .283
96 75 Mike Sweeney 2009 .276
97 74 Torii Hunter 2011 .277
98 74 Carlos Lee 2011 .293
99 74 Dwight Evans 1987 .329
100 74 Ben Oglivie 1984 .266

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .253 .377 .510 .299
11 vs R (Multi) .271 .357 .544 .304
18 Split (Multi) .019 -.020 .034 .005
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .242 .385 .517 .294
31 vs R (2016) .268 .349 .532 .290
38 Split (2016) .027 -.036 .016 -.004
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Only 142 players in baseball history have had a season in which they hit 40 or more home runs, and only 32 of those players had one of those seasons at age 33 or older. After surpassing the 40-homer mark in 2016, Encarnacion is now one of the 32. Home Run Tracker online labelled 20 of his 42 home runs as no doubters, meaning they didn’t just clear the fence, they flew way beyond it. Edwin had five more no-doubt home runs than Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo; the two next best hitters in that category. He’s also now led the league in that statistic three years running. Yet, there’s this aura around Encarnacion and other DHs; there seems to be a subconscious feeling that they could crash and burn at any moment. It makes some sense, as they only contribute on one side of the ball, but Encarnacion has also been one of the most consistent hitters over the last five seasons. It’s hard to imagine him flailing anytime soon.
2016 In this era of decreased contact, the power hitter without a large strikeout total has gone the way of the buffalo. (Both the animal and the city, as the entire Bisons team combined for just 59 home runs in 2015.) Encarnacion, however, remains in the wild, a throwback to days that seem impossible in Play Index searches. Since 2012, there have been 14 seasons of more than 30 home runs and fewer than 100 strikeouts, and he of the parrot-perch home run trot has four of them. He's also the first to do it in four consecutive seasons since Albert Pujols from 2008 to 2011 (and also 2001 to 2007, but who's counting?). Encarnacion enters his final year before free agency as not only one of the best power hitters in the game, but one of the most consistent as well. His worst TAv in the last four years was a .307 mark in 2014. He'll be at full strength after offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia, searching for that Nelson Cruz bling come next winter.
2015 In the past three years, Encarnacion's 112 homers trails only Miguel Cabrera, by just one. More remarkable is that Hit Tracker Online has labeled 43 of them "no-doubters"—they "cleared the fence by at least 20 vertical feet and landed at least 50 feet past the fence"—12 more than Jose Bautista, who places second in that category. That Encarnacion has lapped the league in no-doubters is remarkable for someone who doesn't receive the superstar treatment, the "did you see that Vine" spotlight, yet his home runs indeed leave parks in a hurry, often pulled high to left field. Encarnacion doesn't possess Bryce Harper-level power, but he is one of the few true fly-ball, aim-for-the-fences batters in the league who also makes contact at an above-average rate, traits he shares with hitters like Bautista, David Ortiz and Mike Trout. If Encarnacion doesn't lose his bat speed as he ages—and pitchers continue testing the inner half with him—expect to see the parrot take another 30 trips around the bases.
2014 Only Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis have hit more home runs than Encarnacion over the past two seasons. Add Giancarlo Stanton and you have the only three players with higher isolated power in that span. Unlike Davis and Stantonand just about every other power hitter in today's gameEncarnacion walks a lot and doesn't strike out much. He's a superstar in all but image. If he lucks into an unusually high BABIP (his has been among the 20 lowest in baseball over the past five seasons), he could win an MVP award and secure his celebrity. It will need to happen before he's relegated to full-time DH, where MVPs are basically banned.
2013 It turns out that the key to unlocking the potential in Encarnacions bat was to take away his third-basemans 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. Itll 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 hell 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 hes in danger of breaking that promise.
2009 Encarnacion has settled into an uncomfortable groovehis 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.
2004 Don't be disappointed by that Double-A line. Encarnacion opened 2003 as a 20-year-old in Chattanooga and hit 2201.2791.294 before being sent back to Potomac. Promoted again in July, he hit .3101.3631.462 over his last 145 at-bats. He may be the least-known good prospect in the game, and even if left at third base-which appears to be the plan after a dalliance with shortstop-is a building block kind of player for the Reds. He'll make an appearance in Cincinnati this September, and might never leave.

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2016-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What type of contract will Edwin Encarnacion be looking at in FA and do you think he will stay in Toronto? I feel Houston is a great fit for him. He would fill the DH spot plus crawford boxes in LF would be a chip shot for him.
(Taylor Renner from Toronto)
I have my doubts that Houston is going to be willing to spend the kind of money necessary to sign him. In this limited market, I think Edwin gets paid the big bucks. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)How long would you expect Edwin Encarnacion to continue last year's level of HRs, AVG, and OBP? This year and next year, who knows after that?
(James from Oh Canada)
Well, I don't think he's going to repeat his 2015 performance in any of those categories again. That doesn't mean I dislike him, I think he'll still be very productive for the next 2-3 seasons. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about Edwin Encarnacion's shoulder? Is this the kind of thing that could linger all year. He's already been called questionable for tomorrow's (Friday) game.
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I'm not too worried about Encarnacion. He launched a two-run homer yesterday. It can't be bothering him too much. (J.P. Breen)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Just got offered the following in a dynasty league for Edwin Encarnacion: Greg Polanco, Miguel Sano, Jen-Ho Tseng, Michael Feliz/Chi Chi Gonzalez. Enough value coming back or should IU be looking for a different return?
(JaceP from Nevada)
That's fair if you can take the power hit this year. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Blue Jays be concerned that Edwin Encarnacion is on pace to strike out 324 times this season? I mean it won't be a problem if he continues to slug 1.000, but expecting him to do that over the course of a full year is just silly.
(frug from Chicagoland)
Haha. This question was both silly and entertaining. Thanks for that, frug! (Doug Thorburn)
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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