Christian Encarnacion-Strand

23-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cincinnati Reds AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Part of Cincinnati's return for Tyler Mahle from Minnesota, Encarnacion-Strand is a classic better-in-fantasy-than-reality prospect, and a future home in Great American Ball Park is an added bonus. There is also a much clearer path for Encarnacion-Strand, who currently spends most of his time at third base but may have to move to first base/designated hitter in the near future. Last season, he proved to be one of the preeminent sluggers in the minors, slashing .304/.368/.587 with an excellent 33.8 Hard% and 32 home runs in 122 games split almost evenly between High-A and Double-A. Prior to 2022, all we had to go on was that Encarnacion-Strand (a fourth-round pick in 2021) obliterated Single-A (175 wRC+) while being old for the level. However, he now has a pretty compelling track record of offensive dominance. His approach leaves something to be desired, as Encarnacion-Strand has never logged a walk rate over 9.1% in pro ball, which is unusual for a player his age (just turned 23) with 70-grade game power. It's possible his hit tool just doesn't translate at the highest level, but he should get a fair chance, given Cincinnati's lack of talent. We could see him in the majors in the second half. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $442,900 contract with the Twins in July of 2021. Traded to the Reds in August of 2022.
Leads Triple-A in ISO
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
June 1, 2023
Encarnacion-Strand is hitting .352 with 14 home runs and a 25.2 percent strikeout rate in 33 games for Triple-A Louisville.
While he rarely sees a pitch he doesn't like, Encarnacion-Strand has the ability to get the barrel on the ball, even when he swings at a pitcher's pitch. His .380 ISO leads all qualified Triple-A hitters, and his future home park in Cincinnati will only enhance his home run prowess. Defensively, Encarnacion-Strand fits best at first base or designated hitter, although he has also started seven games at third base this year. While Encarnacion-Strand appears ready for a call to the majors, his teammate Elly De La Cruz also appears ready, and the Reds may not have room for both of them to play regularly in the short term.
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Debuts for Triple-A club
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 26, 2023
Encarnacion-Strand (back) has gone 4-for-13 with a home run, a double, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored in three games since he was activated from Triple-A Louisville's 7-day injured list Sunday.
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Cleared for baseball activities
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 9, 2023
Reds vice president of player development Shawn Pender said Sunday that Encarnacion-Strand (back) has resumed baseball activities but is without a specific target date for his season debut, Mark Shelton of reports.
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Sidelined to begin Triple-A season
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 26, 2023
Encarnacion-Strand, who was reassigned to minor-league camp March 14, isn't expected to be available to make his season debut for Triple-A Louisville until at least April 19 while he recovers from a slight disc herniation in his back, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Reassigned to minors camp
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 14, 2023
Encarnacion-Strand was reassigned Tuesday to the minor-league side of Reds camp.
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Loud contact this spring
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 5, 2023
Encarnacion-Strand has been one of the early stars in Reds camp this spring, highlighted by a long homer Saturday against A's starter Drew Rucinski, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He's had seven hits in 11 at-bats so far, with two homers and a double among those hits.
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