Edwin Elpidio Encarnación (born January 7, 1983), is a Dominican Republic professional baseball third baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball in Canada. The 6 ft 2 in, 235-pound Encarnación bats and throws right-handed.
Although born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, he spent much of his youth in Puerto Rico and attended Manuela Toro High School in Caguas.
Encarnación was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the ninth round of the 2000 amateur draft and signed with them. On June 15, 2001, he was traded along with Rubén Mateo to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Rob Bell. He made his big league debut on June 24, 2005 and saw action in 69 games. He finished with a .232 batting average and nine home runs.