08-18-2006, 08:32 AM
Greatness In The Making
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Edwin Encarnacion V. David Wright
The Cincinnati Enquirer did a interesting article comparing the two 23 year superstar 3rd basemen:
David Wright, the New York Mets' 23-year-old third baseman, has become one of baseball's stars: Sports Illustrated cover boy, All-Star, MVP candidate.
And rightfully so - he's hitting .304 with 22 home runs and 86 RBI.
But you can make a strong argument that - at-bat for at-bat - the Reds' 23-year-old third baseman, Edwin Encarnacion, is having a better year.
Encarnacion's counting stats - home runs and RBI - are well behind Wright's because Encarnacion has only 266 at-bats to 448 for Wright.
Encarnacion is hitting .297 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI.
But his on-base percentage (.384 to .378) is higher than Wright's. So is his slugging percentage (.541 to .531).
Encarnacion has driven in a run every 4.5 at-bats. Wright has driven in a run every 5.2 at-bats.
Their home run rates are dead even - one per 20.4 at-bats.
But Wright has done it pretty much on a daily basis all year. Encarnacion missed 25 games with a sprained ankle. He also was basically benched at times because of defensive struggles.
Wright's fielding percentage is .941, Encarnacion's .912.
Encarnacion's defense has improved to the point he's playing every day again.
"Eddie's playing well," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He's worked hard at it. He's out there every day with (infield) coach Bucky Dent."
Encarnacion went 0-for-4 Thursday in the Reds' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. It was only the second time in the past 13 games he did not have a hit.
"I work hard," he said. "I try to help my team win."