Eduardo Escobar
Eduardo Escobar
31-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Escobar didn't play an inning at shortstop for the first time in his career. However, he's gained second-base eligibility (the first time he's ever had it entering a full season), and second base has been thinned out, making Escobar arguably the most appealing he's ever been. His .269 batting average in 2019 was right in line with his .272 mark from the season prior, but he really broke out in the power department, where his 35 homers smashed his previous career high (23). There are reasons aplenty to suspect he overachieved in that category. His 31.5% hard-hit rate, while a personal Statcast-era best, trailed the league-wide average by three points. We all know about the 2019 baseball, and a player like Escobar who doesn't have much of a track record as a power hitter is tough to project in that department for 2020. Even if we use 2017-18 as our baseline, that's still a nice get outside the top 100. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Diamondbacks in October of 2018.
Not starting Sunday
2BArizona Diamondbacks
August 9, 2020
Escobar is out of the lineup Sunday at San Diego.
ANALYSIS
Escobar will receive his first day off of the season after starting the first 15 games and posting a .488 OPS with two extra-base hits in 60 plate appearances. Andy Young will start at the hot corner in the series finale for Arizona.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .823 422 56 16 62 2 .288 .341 .482
Since 2018vs Right .807 973 121 43 146 5 .256 .314 .492
2020vs Left .522 10 1 0 2 0 .222 .300 .222
2020vs Right .473 55 7 1 4 0 .157 .218 .255
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .825 687 86 28 102 6 .269 .320 .505
Since 2018Away .798 708 91 31 106 1 .262 .325 .473
2020Home .502 27 5 1 4 0 .160 .222 .280
2020Away .465 38 3 0 2 0 .171 .237 .229
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
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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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.24
 
BB Rate
6.2%
 
K Rate
26.2%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.083
 
AVG
.167
 
OBP
.231
 
SLG
.250
 
OPS
.481
 
wOBA
.213
 
Exit Velocity
80.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.2%
 
Barrels/PA
5.0%
 
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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.
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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Clobbers first homer
2BArizona Diamondbacks
August 5, 2020
Escobar went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and a hit-by-pitch in Wednesday's 14-7 win over the Astros.
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Moves to DH
2BArizona Diamondbacks
August 2, 2020
Escobar served as designated hitter and went 0-for-4 in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Dodgers.
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Struggles in series with Padres
2BArizona Diamondbacks
July 27, 2020
Escobar went 1-for-12 with five strikeouts while starting in the first three games of the Diamondbacks' season-opening series with the Padres.
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Quiet spring
2BArizona Diamondbacks
March 21, 2020
Escobar batted .208 (5-for-24) with one extra-base hit, two walks and six RBI over nine Cactus League games.
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Drives in two
2BArizona Diamondbacks
February 29, 2020
Escobar went 1-for-2 with two RBI in Friday's spring game against the Mariners.
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