Eduardo Escobar, Shortstop, Minnesota Twins, #5


Date of Birth: 1/5/1989
Birthplace: Villa de Cura, Venezuela
Current Salary: $2,600,000

Eduardo Escobar, shortstop for the Minnesota Twins, started his professional baseball career in the Chicago White Sox minor league system in 2006. He played in the minor leagues through part of 2013, finishing his minor league career with 664 hits, 94 doubles, 34 triples, 248 RBIs, 84 stolen bases, and a .269 batting average in 657 games. He was first called up to the White Sox in 2011 for nine games.

After 36 games with the White Sox in 2012, they traded Escobar to the Twins. He then played in 14 games with the Twins, finishing the season with a .214 batting average. In 2013, he had 39 hits and a .236 batting average in 66 games. He finished the 2014 season with 119 hits, 35 doubles, and a .275 batting average in 133 games.

Escobar finished the 2015 season with 107 hits, 31 doubles, 58 RBIs, and a .262 batting average in 127 games. Defensively, he played 11 games at second base, 5 games at third base, and 71 games at shortstop.

In 2016, Escobar batted .236 in 105 games with the Twins. He finished the season with 83 hits, 14 doubles, and 37 RBIs. Defensively, as the Twins' shortstop in 71 games, he made 200 assists, 62 double plays, 87 putouts, and 9 errors.

Career batting statistics for Escobar through 2016 include:

  • 490 games played
  • 378 hits
  • 89 doubles
  • 151 RBIs
  • 317 strikeouts to 95 walks
  • .253 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Escobar at shortstop through 2016 include:

  • 291 games played
  • 713 assists
  • 169 double plays
  • 351 putouts
  • 24 errors
  • .978 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Eduardo Escobar
ESPN - Eduardo Escobar