Edwin Encarnacion is the Reds lone representative on Baseball America’s International Leagues Top Twenty List. Here is what they said about the Reds new 3B:
6. EDWIN ENCARNACION, 3b, Louisville Bats (Reds)
Age: 22 Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195 B-T: R-R Drafted/Signed: Rangers ’00 (9)
The Reds signed Randa with the idea of giving Encarnacion another year to develop, but by midseason the youngster proved he was ready. Hitting always has been his strength, and with improved pitch recognition came more patience and more pop. He not only began to realize his power potential, but he also showed he could shorten his swing and take pitches to the opposite field when needed.
Encarnacion continues to be erratic at third base, but he worked hard on his positioning and footwork and has the ability to become a plus defender. He has a strong arm and quick hands, and he just needs to improve his throwing accuracy.
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
290 44 91 23 0 15 54 33 53 7 2 .314 .388 .548