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Encinas A Different Pitcher

Encinas' numbers don't tell the story at all

Anyway you dissect the numbers for Gabe Encinas in Staten Island this year you walk away less than impressed. However, as is often the case with judging prospects solely on their statistics, the fact is the raw data doesn't come remotely close to portraying just how much Encinas improved this year.

He missed most of Extended Spring Training with a strained left oblique. In fact, he pitched in just two Extended games at the beginning of the year before being shelved until the start of the New York Penn League season. "I felt really good in Extended [Spring Training] but that's also the time I went down with an oblique strain," he said. "Getting into Staten Island was kind of my rehab...

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