Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
1 week ago

Encarnacion is slashing .093/.286/.188 over 42 plate appearances with runners in scoring position this season.

EDGE Analysis

The Indians' $60 million man went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position Sunday, with a strikeout and two groundouts (one of which ended in a double play). Encarnacion's strikeout rate (28.8 percent) continues to sound alarms even as the sample size (126 at-bats) grows. He's managed to offset some of the damage with a decent OBP (.353) thanks to an elite walk rate (16.7 percent); however, Encarnacion's fantasy owners surely didn't invest in the slugger for walks.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
3 weeks ago

Encarnacion owns a .200/.343/.353 slash line through the first month, with a 33 percent strikeout rate.

EDGE Analysis

It's a small sample size, but the swing-and-miss rate is alarming. Only in his rookie season (2005) did Encarnacion have a strikeout rate at or above 20 percent. The offseason acquisition's batting average is the lowest of any Indians player with 55-plus at-bats, and Encarnacion's slugging percentage is worst among qualified teammates. That said, the slugger has been one of the most dangerous hitters in MLB over the past five seasons, making it tough to believe he won't break through soon.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
1 month ago

Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run during Saturday's win over the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

The slugger is putting a slow start behind him with a 9-for-31 stretch at the plate that's returned five runs, two home runs, six RBI and a .905 OPS over the past eight games. Encarnacion is currently presenting nice value in daily contests and has quickly quieted any significant concerns. He's notoriously streaky.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
1 month ago

Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs in Tuesday's clobbering of the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Encarnacion's solo shot in the ninth didn't make a difference in the 11-4 victory, but it certainly quelled some fantasy owners' concerns about the slugger's slow start. The 34-year-old had hit safely in just three of his first nine contests (with a .156 batting average) as a member of the Tribe. Encarnacion seems to be settling in now, though, as he's riding a modest five-game hitting streak that has boosted his average 56 points during that stretch.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
1 month ago

Encarnacion's manager, Terry Francona, believes the slugger's plate discipline is gradually improving and thinks better results are on the way, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Encarnacion, who was the biggest blockbuster acquisition throughout all of MLB this offseason, is slashing a grotesque .194/.326/.306 through his first 10 games of the year. He owns a 39 percent strikeout rate and has just one RBI (a solo home run) to his name. Francona believes he sees improvement, though. "In Arizona (against the Diamondbacks), he'd gotten a little overanxious. He's been taking some of those pitches [in more recent games] that he had been swinging at. With at-bats, pitch recognition improves," the skipper said. Encarnacion is undoubtedly pressing as he tries to make good on his landmark signing, but he'll need to settle down before providing the Indians and his fantasy owners with their expected returns on investment.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
1 month ago

Encarnacion went 0-for-3 during Thursday's loss to Chicago and failed to register a hit in the three-game series.

EDGE Analysis

It's been an awful start for the bomber. Encarnacion sports a .156/.289/.281 slash line and a 33.3 strikeout percentage with just two runs, a home run and an RBI through 39 plate appearances. Sending out a speculative buy-low offer is encouraged for non-owners and remaining patient with the veteran is the move for those with shares. He's a streaky hitter, and Encarnacion has the potential to make this disappointing nine-game stretch a distant memory within a three-game series. The likelihood of statistical correction also makes him a solid flier in upcoming daily contests.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
2 months ago

Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in a comeback effort to help defeat the Rangers 8-5 Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger didn't waste any time making a good first impression with Cleveland in games that count, despite a lack of power this spring. Encarnacion has posted 30-plus home runs in each of his last five seasons, including two seasons with 40-plus long balls. He's not in the great hitting environment he had in Toronto, but it shouldn't matter much with a strong lineup around him. Consider Encarnacion a top-five fantasy first baseman.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
2 months ago

Encarnacion is 9-for-33 (.273) with no home runs and a 42 percent strikeout rate through 14 Cactus League games.

EDGE Analysis

Spring stats usually don't mean much for veterans like Encarnacion, but it's tough to overlook some of his alarming numbers. The good news is that the Tribe's prize offseason acquisition has never really been one to put on a show in spring training -- he owns a career .261/.316/.476 slash line over 11 exhibition seasons. Owners may want to prepare for an early-season adjustment period as Encarnacion settles in with his new team, but the slugger can be expected to make every dollar spent on draft day worth it during the regular season.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
3 months ago

Manager Terry Francona says Encarnacion will serve as the primary designated hitter this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carlos Santana, the second part of the power duo, will be the primary first baseman. Francona says he will work to find the best days to flip the two sluggers so they can each remain in the lineup on an everyday basis. Encarnacion posted slightly better stats as a first baseman last season, but should be an offensive force no matter the position. Nonetheless, his value may be limited in leagues with no DH spots.

Edwin Encarnación
1B/DH CLE
3 months ago

Encarnacion, in his spring debut, went 2-for-2 and drove in a run Saturday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

It didn't take long for Encarnacion to look comfortable in an Indians uniform. Cleveland's prize off-season acquisition delivered the team's first run of the spring season with a first-inning RBI single to left field. Encarnacion will serve as the new cleanup hitter for the Tribe's potent lineup. He manned first base on Saturday, but he will also see time as the club's designated hitter this season.