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Snakepit Appraisals: Ender Inciarte

What are people's opinions on Ender's game? Read on and find out.

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Strengths:
  • "He actually improved at the point when most rookies are just trying to hang on to their hot start." - TylerO
  • "...as a fielder he’ll always have a position on an MLB roster." - Steven Burt
  • "Loved his energy back to his teammates in dugout" - ssponcel
  • "He’s established that he’s a lot more fun to watch than Mark Trumbo." - Diamondhacks
Weaknesses:
  • "...that sub .320 obp / .686 ops, in our park, translates into one of the worst leadoff lines in the league." - Diamondhacks
  • "A bit too much of his WAR value on the defense side." - shoewizard
Towards 2015:
  • "Seeing if he improves away, or regresses at Chase will be "interesting"." - xmet
  • "He’s likely to undergo some regression in 2015, but I don’t see any one skill or facet that looks problematic." - James Atwood
  • "Ender is going to be a bit wasted if most of his playing time comes in LF." - shoewizard
Comment of the thread

Gave him a 4

A bit too much of his WAR value on the defense side, which is the only reason didn’t give him a 5

batting runs -5
baserunning + DP +3
fielding runs +23

Hopefully the former gets into positive territory on the batting side. The fielding number very likely to regress, although clearly he is an excellent fielder. He runs really well, and I agree with Sensurround that if his OBP can move up a tick or two, he is a legit leadoff guy. Will be interesting to see if the numbers against lefties hold up. I would expect that split to regress a fair amount, but hopefully will be offset by better numbers against righties.

Moving Trumbo to right is a mistake. They should play Ender in Right, and let him play every day and see how he develops, (just 24 next year) and play Trumbo in left, and if Trumbo doesn’t mash right out of the gate in 2015, put him in a strict platoon in left with Peralta. (meaning the short end of it of course)

Ender is going to be a bit wasted if most of his playing time comes in LF.

Good depth often has to come from within, in the form of younger talent. Depth is hard to build overnight, but it’s easy to deplete.: Jeff Sullican



The tally:
  • 5 - Highly satisfied: 56%
  • 4 - Fairly satisfied: 41%
  • 3 - Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied: 3%
  • 2 - Somewhat dissatisfied: 1%
  • 1 - Very dissatisfied: 0%
The Scoreboard


1. Josh Collmenter: 4.71 (151 votes)
2. Paul Goldschmidt: 4.64 (168)

3. Ender Inciarte: 4.51 (111)
4. Chase Anderson: 4.18 (161)
5. Eury de la Rosa: 3.63 (91)
6. Tuffy Gosewisch: 3.50 (113)
7. Didi Gregorius: 2.75 (106)
8. Mike Bolsinger: 2.67 (117)
9. Bronson Arroyo: 2.63 (125)
10. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
11. Randall Delgado: 2.25 (122)
12. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
13. Trevor Cahill: 1.07 (147)

So the two scorecards done by me so far have netted two of the top three. Without spoiling it, I can assure you that the third one will probably not be close to that. Stay tuned!

People were pretty happy with Ender, especially since he had little to no expectations upon his call-up, and was productive as a leadoff man and a good defensive outfielder. Of concern was his low OBP for someone who would presumably continue to be a leadoff batter. Much consternation was made of the fact that Trumbo's move to Right Field puts the better-defensively Inciarte into a less premium defensive spot of Left Field. Overall there seems to be a tone of somewhat muted, but hopeful expectations for Inciarte in 2015.