Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/28

Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
Drafted 274th Overall (9th Round), 2000 Draft, HS, Caguas, P.R.
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'1", 195 lbs

He wasn't quite as good as I expected him to be this season. But there's a lot of good things going on with Encarnacion. He had very nice numbers as a 21 year old in AA. .281/.352/.443 is a pretty decent line. It bears mentioning that much of his isolated slugging percentage came from his 35 doubles. More power may be coming. He already has a pretty good handle on the plate discipline thing. 56 walks in 469 at bats isn't bad. He even had a pretty good SB% (17 SB/3 CS).

He'll probably start next season in Louisville, but Brandon Larson has done little more than get injured in the last 12 months, and Ryan Freel is a super-utility guy. If Encarnacion plays well, and the Reds aren't winning a lot of games, he could find his way into the majors earlier than you would expect. He isn't likely to be blocked the way Mike Restovich has been.

ETA: Early 2006
4 1/2 Stars

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