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Hello, my name is: Ender Inciarte

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A guy with a made-up sounding name became the most productive rookie for the Diamondbacks, and by some measures the National League. But what grade does he deserve?

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Health and other mitigating factors
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.

Ender Inciarte - OF

  • DOB: 10/29/1990
  • 2014 Salary: League Minimum
  • 2014 performance: .278 BA, .318 OBP, .350 SLG, .677 OPS, 89 OPS+, 4 HR, 2 3B, 19 SB, 3 CS, 53 K
  • 2014 value: 3.7 bWAR, 2.9 fWAR.

Made his MLB debut this season on May 2nd. Lead all National League rookies in bWAR. Third in Stolen Bases amongst NL rookies. He slotted into the everyday Center Fielder role when A.J. Pollock was injured. Majority of WAR value came from defense. Is arbitration eligible in 2017 and is under team control until 2021. Will split time in Left Field next season with David Peralta with the announcement of Mark Trumbo being the everyday Right Fielder.