I think a sentiment among many Reds fans -- myself included -- has been that Edwin Encarnacion would eventually develop into a decent power hitter. He shoots line drives and has room to get bigger and it would seem natural that he would eventually be a 25-30 HR guy.
But I just don't see it anymore. EE is a good hitter at times, especially when he's confident -- but he simply does not generate much power. Several times this year he will appear to hit a ball relatively well and it's a routine pop-up. Even when he really gets a great swing on it, he just doesn't have much power. Yeah, he can rip the ball and will end up with a few home runs (usually balls that are about one or two rows deep), but I think my initial thought was wrong. Encarnacion will never be a 25-30 HR guy. Maybe he could have one "fortunate" year like the season Casey hit 25 jacks ('99) but Edwin will always be a line-drive hitter and nothing more in by book. And that's fine. IF... you are great defensively, get on base a lot and knock in a lot of runs. I think EE is a good run producer, but overall, I just don't think he's the 3B of the future. I sure hope I'm wrong. But we've just been cursed at that position for years. Really since Sabo. (I was never a huge Aaron Boone fan; liked him, but not crazy about him)... Willie Greene was OK for a while, then fell off the face of the earth. Brandon Larson was obviously a disaster.
Actually we had that one good year with Tony Fernandez at 3B, but as far as a long-term 3B, it's been a mess. And I don't think EE is the man to turn it around.