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Edwin Encarnacion is playing left field in the Dominican Winter League

Dec 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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We heard last month that Edwin Encarnacion was going to play some left field during winter ball. Well, the experiment is officially underway.

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Encarnacion has played left field in four out of his first five games with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League.

Encarnacion proved to be pretty terrible with the glove at the hot corner, so he mostly split time between first base and designated hitter this past season. He’ll obviously be much more useful if he can add left field to his resume, though the Blue Jays already have plenty of options for their outfield with Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, Eric Thames, Travis Snider, Rajai Davis and the recently-acquired Ben Francisco. Toronto’s GM Alex Anthopoulos said earlier this month that even second baseman Kelly Johnson could get a look out there.

Encarnacion, who turns 29 in January, batted .272/.334/.453 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI and a .787 OPS this past season. He posted an .887 OPS after the All-Star break.

  1. Chris K - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    I’ve heard rumblings about Prince Fielder coming to my Jays again. Could this be a preparation for him signing?

    • cyanocittacristata - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:01 PM

      Don’t get your hopes up, The fanbase is more interested in Prince than the front office. Would suspect that the Jay’s preferred contract range of 5yr/90-100M is too low at any rate.

      EE in LF gives them another option and makes him more valuable as a trade piece next summer if his bat looks good. There may be a shortage of 3B talent, but EE isn’t anyone’s idea of a steady glove at the hot corner.

    • GIBoxer5 - Dec 25, 2011 at 9:13 PM

      No chance. Jays are fully expecting to have Joey Votto manning first base in no more than 2 years.

  2. baseballisboring - Dec 25, 2011 at 11:38 AM


  3. foreverchipper10 - Dec 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    If memory serves me correct Kelly Johnson didn’t produce well while playing in the outfield in Atlanta. Once he shifted to 2nd he became a viable offensive weapon. As for the defensive stats….well, I don’t feel like looking them up. I am basing this just on memory as an offensive player.

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