Braves: What happened to Ender Inciarte?

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Last summer, the Braves released Ender Inciarte. The beloved outfielder spent six seasons in Atlanta after arriving in a trade with Arizona. Over his time with the Braves, Inciarte was a vacuum in centerfield, winning three gold gloves and even appearing in an All-Star Game before things eventually turned sour. 

Downfalls in Atlanta

While he was an elite defensive player, Inciarte never found a ton of success at the plate. Injuries also plagued the Venezuelan-born player, especially over recent seasons, which is a primary reason why the Braves ended up parting ways with him. Once the organization felt Cristian Pache was ready to take over in centerfield, Inciarte was DFA’d. 

Where is he Now?

Inciarte latched on with the Reds after the Braves parted ways with him last season but has most recently found a new team, the New York Yankees. With all the injuries the Yankees have had in the outfield, they picked up Ender as a depth piece. He’s with the AAA Scranton RailRiders (insert The Office joke here) and has started the minor-league season off well, going three for ten with two homers. 

At 31, Inciarte likely has a few years remaining where he can provide some solid organizational outfield depth. It’ll be interesting to keep tabs on his Yankees tenure. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are a dynamic duo, but both have had their own injury issues. If something happens this season, Inciarte or fellow speedster Tim Locastro may be given consideration to fill a big-league roster spot. I will be rooting for Inciarte to play well. He’s a great guy and did a lot for the Braves during their dark years.     

 

 

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