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Christian Encarnacion-Strand

Born: 12/01/1999 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 224
Primary Position: 1B
Secondary Position: 3B
Extra-large frame, strong build with a thick lower half, physically mature.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 06/27/2022
Dates Seen Multiple 2022
Affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels (High A, Twins)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2024 High 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 More than just a slugger, Encarnacion-Strand's contact ability will allow him to post decent averages at the major league level. There's above-average bat speed and barrel control allowing him to hit with authority to all fields. He commands the strike zone well but can be thrown off balance by advanced spin. There are going to be some swing and miss concerns due to the length of the swing but his solid approach should keep the strikeouts in the acceptable range.
Power 70 Easy double-plus raw power generated by physical strength and plenty of loft in the swing. He chooses his spots well, attacking in hitters counts and driving the ball to all fields. The baseball jumps off of the bat, likely to produce 25-30 home runs per year at the major league level.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Sneaky athletic accelerates quicker than you would anticipate. Produced a 4.20 on a dig home to first base clock. Likely to settle in as a below-average runner as he ages.
Glove 45 Currently getting plenty of reps at third base but is likely to move to first in the near future. Decent hands and shows good instincts but lacks the lateral range to stick at the hot corner but will play fringe-average at first.
Arm 50 Average arm strength for the left side of the diamond, accurate and throws show good carry.

Encarnacion-Strand projects as an above-average first baseman/DH whose contact and power combination make him a middle-of-the-order run producer. His defensive limitations put a ton of pressure on the bat and he's yet to prove himself against upper-level pitching. If the swing and miss don't improve he could still see time on a second-division club but there is also a positive risk that the bat clicks and he becomes an occasional All-Star.

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