1B,DH - CLE
Edwin Encarnacion walks twice in final Cactus League action
1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-1 with a run and two walks in the Indians' 9-6 win over the Reds on Wednesday.
The slugger hit .275 (11-for-40) with four runs and six RBIs in 2017 Cactus League play. Noticeably, he is yet to hit a home run. Encarnacion went deep 42 times last year with 127 RBIs.
Edwin Encarnacion hitless in second straight game
1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-3 in the Indians' Cactus League win over the Rockies on Thursday.
The slugger is easing slowly into Spring Training, hitting .273 (9-for-33) with two extra-base hits but no home runs. Last season, Encarnacion missed all of Spring Training with a tooth issue and then a strained oblique muscle, but it didn't stop him from slugging .529 with 42 home runs and 127 RBI. Draft the 34-year-old with confidence in the second or third round.
Edwin Encarnacion scores first run for Indians
1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a run and a strikeout in the Indians' Cactus League win over the Padres on Sunday.
This was the first run of many the Dominican will hit in Indians' colors. Over the last four years, Edwin Encarnacion is 11th with 358 runs, 3rd with 151 home runs and 2nd with 440 RBI. Any age-related regression will likely be offset against the Indians' more dynamic lineup than the 2016 Blue Jays. He looks to be one of the safest picks in the first two rounds to help your counting stats.
Edwin Encarnacion settling into the cleanup role with the Indians
1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-2 in the Indians' Cactus League loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.
Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor will relish batting ahead of the Indians' big off-season signing. The trio combined for .356 OBP last season, so Edwin Encarnacion could look to exceed his total of 127 RBI from 2016. With an ADP of 24, he offers that rare combination of being a safe but good value pick.
Edwin Encarnacion signs three-year deal with Cleveland
Free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion has reportedly inked a three-year, $65 million contract with the Cleveland Indians with an option for 2020. Encarnacion, who will turn 34 in January, hit .263 with 42 home runs and 127 RBI last season.
This is a huge signing for the defending American League champions. With the departure of Mike Napoli, the Indians needed a replacement source of power, and they now have one of the best in EE. Whether he can maintain his high level of production as he enters his mid-30s will be the only question.
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