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Reds call up their No. 5 prospect Encarnacion-Strand

CINCINNATI -- Newest arrival Christian Encarnacion-Strand could have something in common with fellow Reds prospects and friends Matt McLain and Elly De La Cruz. When McLain and De La Cruz received their big league promotions, each provided a boost to the lineup.

Encarnacion-Strand, a corner infielder who was called up Monday from Triple-A Louisville, would like to emulate his teammates.

“Yeah, hopefully," said Encarnacion-Strand, who is ranked as the organization's No. 5 prospect and No. 88 overall by MLB Pipeline. "I think if I play my game -- sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t -- but hopefully I can help and make an impact.”

In its four straight losses to the Brewers entering Monday, Cincinnati was shut out three times, and McLain and De La Cruz, in particular, struggled for the first time as big leaguers. The second-place Reds entered the day trailing the Brewers by two games in the National League Central race.

"I think a lot of the young guys have provided a lot of energy, a lot of spark. I wouldn't say that we're expecting a bump or not a bump," Reds general manager Nick Krall said of Encarnacion-Strand. "I think he was a really good player that we have a chance to put into a good situation."

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