Edwin Encarnacion is a funny guy, isn’t he?
Not in the sense of being a prankster, but here you have a guy who has basically fallen off the radar of just about every fantasy owner’s map, and to them, for good reason.
If you give a passing glance at his stats, they suggest he was a one-and-done kind of guy after his breakout 2008 campaign.
In 2009, his production severely took a hit after dealing with some injuries, but most will forget that and just talk about his horrible start in April where he hit well below the Mendoza line.
Enter in 2010, some new digs (well sort of) that favor right handed batters, and a fresh bill of health.
The thing is, in only 293 AB last year, Encarnacion still was on track for about 25 home runs, and an OPS of .800, not to mention he was flirting with topping his RBI production with what he was able to provide.
So why the hate?
OK, he isn’t a top elite fantasy option, but considering he is still just 27 years old and has basically been given a clean slate, you have to think he is in line to turn some heads this year.
Toronto is a dreamland for right handed batters, they have a good set of hitters that can boost any hitter’s numbers who traditionally hits in the five spot, and he is still good for some pretty good power.
Most fantasy owners have very short leashes when it comes to player trust, but with third base not being so quantity friendly , Encarnacion deserves a bit more attention, and don’t be surprised if he comes out of the gate swinging for the fences and sticks to it all year.
Hey, it’s easy to say that A-Rod, Evan Longoria, and Big Panda will have great years, but it’s far more difficult “scouting” the shallow end of the pool.
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