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
$Signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Diamondbacks in October of 2018.
Signs extension with Arizona
SSArizona Diamondbacks
October 22, 2018
Escobar will remain in Arizona for three more seasons after signing an extension Monday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
The deal is reported to be for three years and $21 million. The 29-year-old utility man broke out in 2018, moving into an everyday role and hitting .272/.334/.489 with a career-high 23 homers. His hard contact rate jumped up to 38.2 percent after sitting at 31.4 percent in 2017, so there's reason to believe he'll be able to sustain that level of production going forward, giving fantasy owners a cheap but adequate option at shortstop and third base.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .706 506 47 14 59 1 .253 .318 .388
Since 2016vs Right .771 1001 122 36 135 7 .258 .310 .461
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
2016vs Left .552 118 7 2 10 0 .207 .246 .306
2016vs Right .648 259 25 4 27 1 .249 .296 .353
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Since 2016Home .778 745 82 24 100 6 .273 .320 .458
Since 2016Away .721 762 87 26 94 2 .241 .305 .417
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
2016Home .728 172 16 3 22 1 .294 .324 .405
2016Away .524 205 16 3 15 0 .185 .244 .280
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Held out Sunday
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 30, 2018
Escobar is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
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Supplies walkoff homer
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 26, 2018
Escobar came off the bench to deliver a walkoff solo home run in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Dodgers.
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Heads to bench Tuesday
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 25, 2018
Escobar is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers.
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Turns in third multi-hit showing of month
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 24, 2018
Escobar went 2-for-4 and was thrown out on a steal attempt Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 2-0 loss to the Rockies.
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Absent from Wednesday's lineup
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 19, 2018
Escobar is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Wednesday.
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