Coming off an injury-plagued 2019 season, Ender Inciarte was not able to turn things around in the abbreviated 2020 season. The sad numbers: .190/.262/.250, including only 4 extra base hits in his 116 at bats. It’s the second consecutive lost season for Ender, whose 2019 was limited to 65 games by a lumbar strain and then a hamstring injury.
Inciarte is owed $8.7 million for the 2021 season, and has a $1.02 million buyout for 2022. The Braves weren’t willing to part ways with Ender during the regular season, but he was dropped from the playoff roster in favor of Cristian Pache. This is widely thought to foreshadow their plans for 2021.
It’s hard to come up with anything optimistic to say. If you want a little bigger sample size, then reaching back to 2019 we find a .246/.343/.397 line in 230 plate appearances. The .246 batting average is a far cry from the .291 – .304 range Ender put up from 2015 – 2017, but the OBP and slugging percentage would fall into the mid-range of those years.
Ender Inciarte just turned 30 in October, and 2017 is well in the rearview mirror. A former Gold Glove centerfielder and 20+ base stealer, Inciarte will need to avoid the lower body issues he suffered in 2019 if he is going to recover positive productivity. Time is starting to work against him, but let’s hope all Ender needs to do is keep those legs healthy to start a bounce back at age 30, whether in Atlanta or elsewhere.
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