Eduardo José Escobar (born January 5, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman and first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 5|
|Third baseman / First baseman|
|Born: January 5, 1989|
Villa de Cura, Venezuela
|September 2, 2011, for the Chicago White Sox|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2021 season)
|Runs batted in||536|
|Career highlights and awards|
Chicago White SoxEdit
Escobar was a September call-up in 2011, playing in nine games and had two hits in seven at bats. In 2012, Escobar made the 25-man roster out of spring training as a utility infielder. In his first 97 plate appearances of 2012, Escobar had a .207 batting average with three runs batted in (RBIs).
On July 28, 2012, Escobar was traded to the Minnesota Twins with Pedro Hernández for Francisco Liriano. In 49 more plate appearances, Escobar batted .227 with six RBIs. Overall in 2012, Escobar had 146 total plate appearances with a .214 average and nine RBIs.
On April 3, 2013, Escobar hit a walk-off 2-run double off of Phil Coke that lifted the Twins past the Detroit Tigers, 3-2, to its first win of the 2013 season. On April 9, 2013, Escobar hit his first career home run in the top of the 5th inning off of Jeremy Guthrie of the Kansas City Royals. Playing 66 games in 2013, Escobar batted .236 with three home runs, and 10 RBIs.
In 2014, Escobar batted .275 and hit six home runs with 37 RBIs in 133 games. In 2015, Escobar played 127 games batting .262 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs. In 2016, Escobar played 105 games batting .236 with 6 home runs and 37 RBIs.
On May 7, 2016, Escobar was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left groin strain. He avoided salary arbitration with the Twins on December 3, 2016, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract for the 2017 season. In 2017, Escobar batted .254 and set career highs with 21 home runs and 73 RBIs.
On July 27, 2018, Escobar was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor leaguers Gabriel Maciel, Jhoan Durán, and Ernie De La Trinidad. He had the highest fielding percentage among major league third basemen, at .983.
On October 23, 2018, the Diamondbacks signed Escobar to a three-year contract worth a reported $21 million. In the 2019 season, he hit 35 home runs and 118 RBIs, batting .269/.320/.511. He also led the majors with 10 triples. In 2020, Escobar struggled offensively throughout the shortened MLB season, hitting just .212 with four home runs and 20 RBIs. Escobar bounced back strongly in 2021, posting a .246 average with 22 home runs and 65 RBI’s in 98 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks and earning a trip to the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Escobar owns a home in Miami and resides there in the offseason with his wife and five children.
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- Adams, Steve; Todd, Jeff (December 3, 2016). "Players Avoiding Arbitration: Friday". Mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- Kelly, Matt. "D-backs acquire doubles machine Escobar". Mlb.com. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
- Major League Leaderboards » 2018 » Third Basemen » Fielding Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
- "Escobar agrees to 3-year deal to stay in Arizona". Espn.com. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
- "Twins' Eduardo Escobar pursues his American dream". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
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