Christian Encarnacion-Strand

23-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cincinnati Reds AA
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.
Finishes off monster 2022
3BCincinnati Reds  AA
September 22, 2022
Encarnacion-Strand finished the 2022 campaign with a .304/.368/.587 line, 32 home runs, eight steals and 114 RBI across 122 games in High-A and Double-A.
ANALYSIS
He wasn't quite as spectacular after being traded to Cincy as he had been in Minnesota's organization, but Encarnacion-Strand still hit .309/.351/.522 in 35 games for Double-A Chattanooga. Plate discipline remains the one main concern for the 22-year-old slugger, as he posted a fairly high 25.5 percent strikeout rate and an unimpressive 7.4 percent walk rate. Unless he makes some adjustments, Encarnacion-Strand may have a difficult time hitting .300 in the majors, but his impressive power gives him a strong chance to develop into an impactful middle-of-the-order bat.
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Traded to Reds in Mahle deal
3BCincinnati Reds  AA
August 2, 2022
Encarnacion-Strand was traded from the Twins to the Reds on Tuesday along with Spencer Steer and Steven Hajjar in exchange for Tyler Mahle, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Promoted to Double-A
3BMinnesota Twins  AA
July 14, 2022
The Twins promoted Encarnacion-Strand from High-A Cedar Rapids to Double-A Wichita on Thursday.
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Returns from concussion
3BMinnesota Twins  AA
Concussion
July 6, 2022
Encarnacion-Strand has been activated from the injured list at High-A Cedar Rapids after missing five games due to a concussion.
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Big performance Friday
3BMinnesota Twins  AA
April 8, 2022
Encarnacion-Strand went 4-for-5 with two home runs and nine RBI for High-A Cedar Rapids in Friday's win.
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Picked in fourth round by Twins
3BMinnesota Twins  AA
July 12, 2021
The Twins have selected Encarnacion-Strand with the 128th overall pick in the 2021 first-year player draft.
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