This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
The Week That Was
It's funny that in our little hobby/obsession how having a player on your fantasy team can make you really become a fan of a player, and I have done that with Eduardo Escobar. I targeted Escobar last year as a late play due to the Jorge Polanco suspension, and he had his second straight 20 homer season (and also smoked 48 doubles) and boosted his hard contact rate significantly while forcing his way into full-time at-bats. Escobar moved to the Diamondbacks at the 2018 trade deadline and has stepped up his production even more this season with 15 homers, and he looks primed to smash his prior career high of 23, and with 48 RBI already, he ranks in the top 10 in baseball.
Escobar has not only maintained his hard hit rate jump of 2018, but has improved it to 41.9 percent. Even after the strong 2018, Escobar was an afterthought in March drafts with an ADP of 196.5 in the NFBC Main Event. His multiposition eligibility also adds to his value, as he qualifies at third base and shortstop, and thus can be moved around in those spots as well as corner and middle infielders. In a trade league, I am a firm hold on Escobar as I really like the profile and eligibility and love watching the dude hit.
I like to own up to mistakes and misses in fantasy baseball, and I admit I did not see this Lucas Giolito breakout