Edwin Encarnacion, First Base and DH, Cleveland Indians, #10
Date of Birth: 1/7/1983
Birthplace: La Romana, Dominican Republic
Edwin Encarnacion, first baseman and designated hitter for the Cleveland Indians, was drafted in 2000, at age 17, by the Texas Rangers but a year later they traded him to the Cincinnati Reds. He played for four years in the minor leagues before being called up to the Reds in June, 2005. His first partial season was not strong, ending with a .232 batting average and only 9 home runs. He improved in his second and third years in the majors, batting .276 with 15 home runs in 2006 and .289 with 16 home runs in 2007.
At the end of July 31, 2009, after four and a half years with the Reds, Encarnacion was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2012, he had his best season, ending with a .280 batting average and 42 home runs. He finished the 2014 season with 128 hits, 27 doubles, 34 home runs, 98 RBIs, and a .268 batting average in 128 games.
In 2015, Encarnacion batted .277 with 146 hits, 31 doubles, 39 home runs, and a career high 111 RBIs in 146 games. Defensively, he played 59 games at first base and he made 32 assists, 33 double plays, 466 putouts, and 3 errors. In 40 at-bats in 11 postseason games, he had 11 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run, and 5 RBIs.
The Blue Jays exercised Encarnacion's $10 million option for 2016 on November 3, 2015. He had a good year in 2016, with career highs in hits (158), home runs (42), and RBIs (127). He batted .263 in a career high 160 games. He had a strong postseason, batting .286 with 10 hits, including a double and 3 home runs, and 9 RBIs in 35 at-bats in 9 games. He hit the winning walk-off home run in the Wild Card game.
Encarnacion became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a three-year, $60 million contract with the Indians on January 5, 2017. The contract includes a club option for a fourth year.
Encarnacion finished the 2017 regular season with a .258 batting average in 157 games. He had 143 hits, 20 doubles, 38 home runs, 107 RBIs, and 133 strikeouts to a career high 104 walks. In 3 postseason games, he had no hits in 7 at-bats. He walked once and struck out three times.
Career batting statistics for Encarnacion through 2017 include:
- 1,670 games played
- 1,582 hits
- 331 doubles
- 348 home runs
- 1,049 RBIs
- 1,137 strikeouts to 766 walks
- .265 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Encarnacion at third base through 2017 include:
- 674 games played
- 1,130 assists
- 105 double plays
- 491 putouts
- 114 errors
- .934 fielding percentage
Career fielding statistics for Encarnacion at first base through 2017 include:
- 411 games played
- 187 assists
- 301 double plays
- 3,337 putouts
- 27 errors
- .992 fielding percentage