Escobar Steps Up
Image courtesy of Jozie Stohs (photo of Eduardo Escobar)There are many reasons that the Twins are in this position. Nick wrote last week that everyone has contributed to a successful season.
Today I wanted to highlight one player who has been very helpful to the Twins cause down the stretch.
On August 19th, Miguel Sano fouled a ball off of his shin, and he hasn't played since. At this point, the odds of him contributing further in 2017 are unlikely, bordering on it's not going to happen.
The next day, Paul Molitor inserted Eduardo Escobar into the lineup at third base. He's been there most every day since. He's contributed in a big way.
Defensively, he has played quite well at third base, even making a few web gems. He's made just two errors in 33 games at the hot corner.
Offensively, he's hit like Eduardo Escobar, in terms of batting average and on-base percentage. In those 33 games, he has hit .246 and been on base 29.6% of the time. However, he has also provided Sano-like (or Sano-light?) power. In those games, he has added four doubles, three triple and eight home runs.
For a while, he was hitting cleanup against left-handed pitching. Fortunately that has stopped due to the performances of Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton.
While a team is not going to fully replace the offensive upside of Miguel Sano, Eduardo Escobar has been as good as we could hope. His .803 OPS is pretty good for anyone, even if most of that has come from extra-base hits.
And when the talk of leadership in the Twins clubhouse comes up, Eduardo Escobar's name should not be forgotten. His joy brings players together. His philanthropy has made him a finalist for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
For all that, join me in a hat tip for Eduardo Escobar.
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