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Edwin Elpidio Encarnación
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Manuela Toro Morice High School
- Debut June 24, 2005
 Biographical Information
Edwin Encarnacion was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 9th round of the 2000 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Sammy Melendez and made his pro debut that summer for the GCL Rangers. Barely a year later, on June 15, 2001, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with OF Ruben Mateo in return for P Rob Bell. He made his major league debut with the Reds in 2005.
Encarnacion was the cleanup hitter for the Águilas Cibaeñas in the 2008 Caribbean Series. He hit .286/.444/.476 but was the only member of the Águilas infield who did not make the Series All-Star team.
After a breakout season during which he hit 42 homers and drove in 110 runs for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, Encarnacion was the starting first baseman and cleanup man for the Dominican Republic national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He hit .250 with 6 RBI and was named to the all-tournament team as the Dominican Republic won all eight of the games it played to conquer the title. He had the big hit in the finale, a two-run double off Giancarlo Alvarado in the 1st. He continued to show outstanding power during the 2013 season and as a result was named to the All-Star team for the first time. On July 26th, he hit two home runs in one inning in a game against the Houston Astros, part of an 8-run outburst by the Jays in the 7th inning of a 12-6 win. The Jays were trailing 6-4 going into the frame, but he led off the inning with a solo homer off Paul Clemens, then added a grand slam against Hector Ambriz to top off the scoring when he came back to the plate later in the frame. He was the first Blue Jays player to homer twice in an inning since Joe Carter on October 3, 1993.
 Notable Achievements
- AL All-Star (2013)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (2008, 2010, 2012 & 2013)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2012 & 2013)
- 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2012)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (2012 & 2013)