Eduardo Escobar
Eduardo Escobar
30-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Escobar, who was dealt from Minnesota to Arizona in a midseason trade, inked a three-year, $21 million extension with the Diamondbacks in October just days before he was set to hit the open market for the first time. Despite a productive 2017 season, Escobar again entered last year as a utility player. He quickly moved into the starting lineup amid suspensions and injuries, getting steady time at shortstop (-2.2 UZR) and third base (1.5 UZR). Escobar showed his improving power in 2017 was legitimate, and was among the AL leaders in doubles at the time of his trade. He declined slightly in the NL with a .771 OPS (from .852 in MIN) but still hit eight home runs in 54 games. Escobar registered career bests in walk rate (8.2%) and hard-hit rate (38.2%). He will enter his age-30 season qualifying in many formats at third base and shortstop (21 games), and could also get starts this year at second base on a roster that is very much in flux. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Diamondbacks in October of 2018.
Has another three-hit day
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 25, 2019
Escobar went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 11-2 win over the Pirates.
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As cold as Escobar was to start the season, he's gone in the other direction recently. This was the third straight three-hit game for the infielder, who has nine hits in his last 13 at-bats. That stretch includes two doubles, a triple and a home run.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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11
3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .774 424 43 13 56 1 .279 .347 .427
Since 2017vs Right .811 811 107 34 114 6 .260 .317 .494
2019vs Left .975 36 3 1 7 0 .382 .417 .559
2019vs Right .772 69 10 2 6 0 .237 .348 .424
2018vs Left .775 210 25 5 25 1 .280 .357 .418
2018vs Right .846 421 50 18 59 1 .268 .323 .523
2017vs Left .730 178 15 7 24 0 .255 .320 .410
2017vs Right .773 321 47 14 49 5 .253 .303 .470
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .804 611 72 22 83 5 .269 .327 .477
Since 2017Away .794 624 78 25 87 2 .263 .327 .466
2019Home .963 38 6 1 5 0 .323 .447 .516
2019Away .780 67 7 2 8 0 .274 .328 .452
2018Home .781 313 30 9 40 2 .269 .316 .465
2018Away .866 318 45 14 44 0 .275 .352 .514
2017Home .808 260 36 12 38 3 .262 .323 .485
2017Away .703 239 26 9 35 2 .245 .294 .409
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How does Eduardo Escobar 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
0.43
 
BB Rate
9.5%
 
K Rate
21.9%
 
BABIP
.358
 
ISO
.183
 
AVG
.290
 
OBP
.371
 
SLG
.473
 
OPS
.845
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Escobar began the season as a utility player but got more playing time at shortstop amid Jorge Polanco's first-half struggles and then played third base most of the final two months after Miguel Sano went down with a shin injury. He entered 2017 with 27 home runs in 1,620 plate appearances, but hit 21 home runs in 499 plate appearances last season. After posting flyball rates below 39 percent in each previous season, he lofted the ball more (45.3 percent flyball rate last year). His 12.8 percent HR/FB more than doubled his 5.7 percent mark from 2016 and topped his previous career high of 9.5 percent. As long as he keeps hitting the ball in the air, some of those power gains should remain. He is a career .253 hitter (he hit .254 last year) and offers little speed for fantasy purposes. Escobar doesn't have ideal range for shortstop but should be above average at third base or second base. He could begin the season as Minnesota's starting third baseman if Sano is moved to DH.
Escobar entered last season as Minnesota's starting shortstop, but lost the job in May when he landed on the DL with a hamstring injury. Eduardo Nunez got hot at the plate and kept Escobar on the bench when he returned. After Nunez was traded in July, Escobar briefly got his starting job back, but struggled at the plate and then was benched again in favor of Jorge Polanco. Escobar ended up getting most of his playing time the final month of the season at third base with several other third basemen hurt. Escobar saw a decrease in power with a 107-point drop in slugging as he hit just six home runs after smacking 12 in 2015. His glove also took a step back with a -6.1 UZR at shortstop. Escobar can play three positions and the outfield in a pinch, and his prior two seasons show he has some power, so he'll add value as a utility player. His upside is limited since he doesn't draw walks (5.6 percent walk rate) and he offers almost no stolen-base potential.
After his 2014 breakout season, Escobar was surprisingly moved to a utility role in favor of Danny Santana at shortstop. However, it wasn't long until Escobar reclaimed the starting job with Santana struggling in the first half of the season and getting sent to the minors. Escobar had shown little at the plate in his career with a .587 OPS in the majors and just a .675 OPS in the minors before 2014, but he showed his breakout season wasn't a fluke as he had 12 home runs and 31 doubles last year. Entering his age-27 season, Escobar could continue to improve his power numbers. He doesn't draw walks (4.7% walk rate), however, so his batting average could be a risk, and he offers almost no stolen-base potential. His glove plays well enough at shortstop (2.6 UZR) that Minnesota would be justified in making him their starter. His power and position flexibility will make him a fantasy consideration in deeper leagues even if he's moved back to a utility role.
Escobar had a surprising breakout season in 2014 and took over the everyday shortstop job for the Twins, but his position for 2015 is unclear. He had shown little at the plate in his career with a .587 OPS in the majors before last year and a just a .675 OPS in the minors. But given a shot at the starting shortstop job in May, Escobar responded by hitting .275/.315/.406 and showing league average defense at shortstop. He didn't add much else for fantasy purposes as he had just six home runs and one stolen base. It's possible he could move to third base in 2015 as the Twins have talked about moving Danny Santana from center field to shortstop. While he'll likely begin the season with a starting job, he may not be able to duplicate his success at the plate given his career track record, a weak walk rate (5.2%) and a .338 BABIP. Perhaps he's finally figured out a successful approach at the plate in the majors, but there looks to be more downside than upside even as he hits his prime at age-26.
Escobar won a utility job with the Twins last year and stayed on the roster all season due to his ability to play multiple positions. However, his anemic bat never let him take advantage of opportunities to win more playing time. He faces an uphill battle to win a job in the majors in 2014 as he doesn't draw walks, has little power and even his glove wasn't impressive (-3.9 fWAR in fielding and negative UZR numbers at every position). It's hard to see him offering much fantasy value if he somehow wins regular at-bats.
Escobar was traded to Minnesota from the White Sox for Francisco Liriano in July as the Twins looked for options in an unsettled infield. He has proven to be a competent glove at the major league level, but it is not clear if he can hit enough for even a utility role. He has no power which is not offset by mediocre contact and walk rates. Although he is had some decent stolen-base totals in the minors, he has been caught too many times to think he will have that in his repertoire if he finds regular time in the majors. He will enter spring with a shot at utility job, but may spend most of the season at Triple-A.
Escobar barely eked out a .300 OBP in 2011, which was his first campaign at Triple-A Charlotte. He has stolen double-digit bags in each of the last three seasons, but his success rate on the basepaths is a modest 63.6 percent for his minor league career. His Triple-A struggles aside, Escobar's glove looked MLB-ready in brief September action, so he could be the first guy the club turns to should something happen to Alexei Ramirez. Still, it will probably be another year or two before the club considers him for an everyday job.
Escobar earned a spot on the 40-man roster after a surprising showing in the 2010 Arizona Fall League. Right now he profiles as a glove-first, bat-second type of shortstop, but the bat should have plenty of time to develop in the minors as the White Sox have no need to rush him to the majors.
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Heats up
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 24, 2019
Escobar went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Pirates.
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Records three hits
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 22, 2019
Escobar went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI-singles in a 12-4 victory against the Pirates on Monday.
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Homers in first inning
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 20, 2019
Escobar went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Cubs.
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Takes seat Thursday
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 18, 2019
Escobar is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves.
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Hits first homer
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 11, 2019
Escobar went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Arizona's 7-6 loss to the Padres on Thursday.
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