Ender Inciarte
Ender Inciarte
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Over his two seasons in Atlanta, Inciarte has emerged as one of baseball's more underrated two-way center fielders. He's always been a standout with the glove, but he continued to narrow the gap between his defense and offense by raising his power production without noticing any detrimental effects to his contact rate or plate discipline. An overwhelmingly line-drive and groundball hitter, Inciarte shouldn't be counted on for much more than the 11 homers he hit in 2017, but his speed -- he's stolen no fewer than 16 bases in any of his four big-league seasons -- and presence atop Atlanta's lineup will likely be enough to make him a dependable three-category contributor. Though top prospect Ronald Acuna will presumably settle into a full-time gig in the outfield at some point in 2018, his arrival won't negatively impact Inciarte's playing time, since his everyday gig is secure after inking a five-year extension last winter. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension with the Braves in December of 2016 that runs through the 2021 season.
Goes deep Sunday
OFAtlanta Braves
September 9, 2018
Inciarte went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
ANALYSIS
Inciarte hit a three-run home run off Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning to record his 10th home run of the season. It was his first home run since Aug. 23, though he has added two triples and a double in his past 10 games. More concerning for his value, however, is that Inciarte has just two stolen bases since the All-Star break while being caught on four occasions.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .689 479 65 3 28 18 .284 .338 .351
Since 2016vs Right .745 1431 185 21 116 45 .286 .340 .405
2018vs Left .607 161 21 1 11 8 .243 .302 .306
2018vs Right .727 453 51 9 47 17 .266 .322 .406
2017vs Left .712 168 22 2 14 6 .291 .347 .364
2017vs Right .773 550 71 9 43 16 .307 .350 .423
2016vs Left .749 150 22 0 3 4 .319 .365 .384
2016vs Right .726 428 63 3 26 12 .281 .346 .380
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .724 945 126 10 66 26 .291 .340 .384
Since 2016Away .738 965 124 14 78 37 .281 .339 .399
2018Home .659 302 38 3 26 10 .257 .308 .351
2018Away .733 312 34 7 32 15 .262 .325 .408
2017Home .786 361 46 6 26 6 .326 .362 .424
2017Away .731 357 47 5 31 16 .280 .337 .394
2016Home .710 282 42 1 14 10 .282 .345 .365
2016Away .752 296 43 2 15 6 .300 .356 .396
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How does Ender Inciarte compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.53
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
13.1%
 
BABIP
.288
 
ISO
.119
 
AVG
.262
 
OBP
.319
 
SLG
.381
 
OPS
.699
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Inciarte's elite glove was ahead of his bat once again in 2016, but he still contributed enough to be useful in most formats. He hit the disabled list a week into the season with a groin injury and was very slow to return to form when he got healthy. He limped into the break with a .227/.294/.306 line but still managed eight steals on 11 attempts. After the break, he looked much more like the guy we saw for Arizona in 2015, as he hit .341/.396/.440 the rest of the way while stealing another eight bases on 12 attempts. He also more than doubled the 26 runs scored before the break with 59 runs in the second half. The Braves were sold on his all-around skill set and inked him to a five-year, $30.5 million extension during the offseason. He should be the leadoff hitter for the retooled Atlanta lineup in 2017, and if he can avoid injury and play in 150-plus games, he could break the 30-steal plateau, flirt with 100 runs and post a batting average around .290.
Now 25 years old, Inciarte has established himself as an above-average fantasy outfielder. Speed has been his most valuable asset to date. He made improvements in all of his fantasy categories in 2015, though he played in 14 more games, and he played primarily in right field while also making appearances in left and center. Inciarte appears primed to take on an everyday role in the Braves' outfield in 2016, likely again batting near the top of the order, after being included as part of the return for Shelby Miller. It doesn't appear as though he will ever provide much power, but as a player who can hit for a high average, score a decent amount of runs and steal 20-plus bases, Inciarte is an asset in virtually all formats.
A.J. Pollock suffered a groin injury and a broken hand in May, which created an opportunity for Inciarte to take over as the Diamondbacks' primary center fielder. Once Pollock returned in September, Inciarte made most of his starts in left field, but he established himself as the tablesetter of the Diamondbacks' injury-depleted lineup, and he was in the starting lineup as the team's leadoff hitter every day from July 31 through the end of the season. The numbers improved over the course of the year, as Inciarte hit .306/.352/.417 with a 12.9% strikeout rate in 63 games after the All-Star break. With 19 steals in 22 attempts last season and consecutive seasons with 40-plus steals in the minors in 2012-13, Inciarte could prove to be a cheap source of speed. He was much more productive at Chase Field (.315/.360/.416) than on the road (.244/.280/.308), leaving some question as to his true talent level, but Inciarte's defense alone may enable him to compete for a platoon role in 2015, though it's also possible the team's addition of Yasmany Tomas in the offseason could relegate him to the bench for most of the year.
The Phillies selected Inciarte from Arizona with the 15th pick in the Rule 5 draft this winter. He's never played above A-ball, so it is unlikely his bat is ready for the majors. The Phillies do like Inciarte's defensive ability in the outfield however, and could opt to keep him on their roster as a defensive replacement and pinch runner.
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Heads to bench
OFAtlanta Braves
August 30, 2018
Inciarte is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.
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Four hits against Rays
OFAtlanta Braves
August 29, 2018
Inciarte went 4-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rays.
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Plates run vs. Marlins
OFAtlanta Braves
August 26, 2018
Inciarte went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in Sunday's 4-0 win over Maimi.
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On bench Saturday
OFAtlanta Braves
August 25, 2018
Inciarte is not starting Saturday against Miami.
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Goes deep Thursday
OFAtlanta Braves
August 23, 2018
Inciarte went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Marlins.
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