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    So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    Now this is just me going out on a limb here, but the kid boasts a .288/.413/.577 statline and he's now on pace to score and drive in 150 runs.

    And I'm thinking I could live with that.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    That bat speed don't lie.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    I really like the fact he's got 8 walks already.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    I'm also very encouraged by how well he's doing against RH pitching.

    Actually, his splits across the board are really nice.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    I was on record over a year ago noting that Encarnacion's Error rate may place him at a position other than 3B.

    At this point, his play has demonstrated that he can cover the 3B position very well even with his errant throws due to his range. I expect his aim to consistently improve as he gets more reps at the MLB level.

    What I'm most enamoured with is his ability to identify Balls and Strikes thusfar. I expected Felipe Lopez to do so, but didn't expect Encarnacion to do it at his young age.

    At this point, I'm ecstatic at Encarnacion's development and I hope he holds down the 3B position for the next decade. We may actually have a highly productive guy who can play that position for the first time in what seems like decades.

    To everyone who was less concerned about his defense than I: Good call.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    Through his first 81 games in MLB, he had committed 16 errors at 3B. That would be 32 errors over a full season. That's on the high side, but it's on the acceptably high side for a kid with big range and a good bat.

    Plus, one thing I think you can reasonably count on in baseball is that young players with actual defensive skills will cut down their error rates over time. I know I've cut down my error rate as I've matured. Got my second marriage totally right.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    also gotta love the 3.84 P/PA this year, and the 3.96 P/PA for his brief MLB career.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    Nice post, M2. As impressive as that .288/.413/.577 statline is, you what impresses me the most? How about that 10 walk/9 strikeout ratio he has in just 63 plate appearances. Plus the kid already has nine extra-base hits.

    Encarnacion is going to be a lot better than most people thought he would be. Think Scott Rolen.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    I would be very happy if he was a Craig Nettles-type player, with a bit of a higher average.
    But then again, that is because I always did like Nettles.

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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    I know I've cut down my error rate as I've matured. Got my second marriage totally right.


    Yeah, that's been my experience too. Something about that first trip to the bigs when you aren't really ready for it.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    i think if we had a better fielding first baseman, it would also help ee...imagine having a derrick lee type over there rather than hatte...i'm shocked at how bad he appears to be...

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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    Quote Originally Posted by Red in Chicago
    i think if we had a better fielding first baseman, it would also help ee...imagine having a derrick lee type over there rather than hatte...i'm shocked at how bad he appears to be...
    Or at least a bigger target. Dunn would of had at least 3 of those ER's of EE, with his longer reach and higher reach.

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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    Now this is just me going out on a limb here, but the kid boasts a .288/.413/.577 statline and he's now on pace to score and drive in 150 runs.

    And I'm thinking I could live with that.
    He may not be scrappy enough, he did walk with the bases loaded last night.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    For his last year or two in the minors I suspected he was better than the ballyhooed Andy Marte. So far, so good.
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    Re: So I'm thinking Edwin Encarnacion might not suck

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
    For his last year or two in the minors I suspected he was better than the ballyhooed Andy Marte. So far, so good.
    EE had a better AAA season last year than Marte. There is one HUGE difference. EE was not a Braves prospect.
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