Edwin Elpidio Encarnacion is a professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic who plays as a third baseman. In 2000, he was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 9th round of the 2000 MLB Draft but a year later, he was traded out to the Cincinnati Reds.
Playing through the minor leagues, Encarnacion finally got the chance to play in the big league in 2005. He played 69 games in his rookie season and had a .232 batting average with 9 home runs. His erratic fielding was always a point of debate and he was known to make some incredible plays while messing up on regulation chances. His 25 errors in 2006 ranked him at the top with Chad Tracy of the Arizona Diamondbacks in terms of the worst fielding performance by a third baseman.
In 2007, he tried, but couldn’t get above .200 and that led to more time on the bench. He was sent down to the AAA-league with the Louisville Bats after not being able to cope with the level of the Major League. His season ended with a .289 batting average and although he made 23 errors in his 143 games, he did hit 26 homers in the season.