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.
Resting Wednesday
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 25, 2019
Escobar will sit Wednesday against the Cardinals.
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Escobar played the entirety of Tuesday's 19-inning win, going 2-for-6 with a pair of walks. He'll get a well-deserved rest Wednesday, with Jake Lamb starting at the hot corner.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
23
63
9
15
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
34
1
2
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
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 .800 590 70 23 84 2 .279 .336 .464
Since 2017vs Right .813 1239 161 56 191 10 .260 .316 .497
2019vs Left .882 202 30 11 35 1 .298 .327 .555
2019vs Right .810 497 64 24 83 4 .256 .318 .492
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
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .830 920 117 39 136 9 .270 .324 .506
Since 2017Away .787 909 114 40 139 3 .261 .320 .467
2019Home .891 347 51 18 58 4 .278 .331 .559
2019Away .774 352 43 17 60 1 .260 .310 .464
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
7.2%
 
K Rate
18.6%
 
BABIP
.283
 
ISO
.242
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.320
 
SLG
.511
 
OPS
.831
 
wOBA
.356
 
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.3%
 
Barrels/PA
4.7%
 
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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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Blasts 35th homer
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 17, 2019
Escobar went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk to help the Diamondbacks to a 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Monday.
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Hits 34th homer
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 11, 2019
Escobar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a 3-2 loss against the Mets on Tuesday.
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Another day, another HR
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 1, 2019
Escobar went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Dodgers.
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Cranks 31st homer
SSArizona Diamondbacks
August 30, 2019
Escobar went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in Friday's win over the Dodgers.
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Reaches 30-homer mark
SSArizona Diamondbacks
August 29, 2019
Escobar went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in the Diamondbacks' 11-5 win over the Dodgers on Thursday.
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