Juan Daniel Encarnación Greenville Drive Pitcher

       
 
Age: 22
Born: March 30, 2001
Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, DR
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (Sept. 2018)

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Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: September 3, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Manny Nanita & Todd Claus
Signing Bonus: $40,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: June 1, 2019 (DSL Red Sox)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/24): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2024): MiLB contract
   
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  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Skinny frame. Athletic build with some remaining projection. Needs to add strength.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side. Does not use a wind-up. Stiff delivery. Slings the ball. Short arm action behind, hides the ball well. Medium-high leg kick. Front side has the tendency to open early.

Fastball: 92-94 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Pitch will show sink. Velocity has improved from the high 80s during the 2020 Fall Instructional League and sitting 90-92 mph in 2022. Was 94-95 mph in Spring Training 2023, but has not carried that velocity into the season. Well below-average command profile. Average potential.

Slider: 85-87 mph. 10-to-4 shape. Will show average depth. Primary out pitch in 2023. Will show the ability to miss bats out of the zone, but inconsistent landing it in the zone.

Changeup: 89-91 mph. Some feel for the pitch, but needs work. Flashes the ability to turn it over and bury it down and out of the zone for swinging strikes. Below-average potential.
  Curveball: 76-79 mph. Tight, 11-to-5 break. Has tightened the pitch up over time; used to be more long and slurvy. Some are more horizontal, others have more vertical shape. Inconsistent, but fringe-average potential. May have scrapped the pitch, and is at least featuring it less in 2023 than he did previously, favoring the slider instead.

Career Notes:
Opening Day starter for the DSL Red Sox 2 in 2019. Participated in Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was canceled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Potential minor league depth arm. Ceiling of an organizational arm. Shows the early makings of a three-pitch mix, but does not have stand-out stuff and lacks a major league-quality pitch. Velocity has improved steadily as he has matured. Has some deception in his delivery and already shows some feel. Has a way to go developmentally and future potential depends on him maturing physically and his stuff improving. Could stand to move to the bullpen eventually, where his lack of command and control and inconsistent delivery would not be as much of an issue. Could also see his stuff play up there.

Links
Scout Chatter (12.4.2020)
Scout Chatter (9.14.2021)
Scouting Report Update (3.7.2022)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2019 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 18 0 5 3.86 14 14 0 56.0 52 29 24 1 7 24 49 1.36 7.88 3.86
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 20 2 1 2.96 12 10 0 45.2 34 17 14 7 3 11 56 0.99 11.04 2.17
2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 21 10 5 4.09 24 23 0 103.1 95 53 47 3 10 39 119 1.30 10.36 3.40
  2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21 0 0 3.60 2 2 0 10.0 7 4 4 1 2 3 10 1.00 9.00 2.70
  2023 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 22 4 9 6.32 24 21 0 99.2 109 85 70 22 7 42 101 1.52 9.12 3.79
  2024 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 23     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  FCL Pitcher of the Month (July 2021)
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (May 30-June 5, 2022)
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (Sept. 5-11, 2022)  
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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