Escobar batted .208 (5-for-24) with one extra-base hit, two walks and six RBI over nine Cactus League games. Escobar hit third in the order in all nine games and is expected to be a key piece in the middle of the Diamondbacks' lineup in 2020. He launched a career-best 35 home runs in 2019, his third straight year with more than 20 homers, but there's reason for skepticism about his 2019 achievements: the suspicion about the 2019 baseball, a hard-hit rate that was below league average, and his track record as a power hitter. However, factoring in a regression, Escobar is still worthy of a spot on fantasy rosters. He'll be the everyday starter at third base in 2020, but the 31-year-old infielder is also eligible at second base (32 games played). It's at second base where Escobar gives fantasy teams an edge even with a statistical correction.
Escobar went 1-for-2 with two RBI in Friday's spring game against the Mariners. Escobar slotted into the third spot in the batting order while starting at third base. He may also qualify as a second baseman after playing 32 games there in 2019, but Ketel Marte is expected to see more action at second in 2020. That is the domino effect of adding Startling Marte, who will start in center field, allowing Ketel Marte to return to his natural spot at second.
Escobar will sit Wednesday against the Cardinals. 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.
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. Escobar had gone hitless in his last seven at-bats coming into the contest, but he snapped out of it with his sixth-inning solo blast off Pablo Lopez. The 30-year-old's productive campaign at the dish continues, as he's up to 35 homers and 114 RBI on the season, both of which are easily career-best marks. He's also slashing .271/.322/.528 in 148 games.
Escobar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a 3-2 loss against the Mets on Tuesday. The 30-year-old accounted for both of Arizona's runs, driving in one on a single in the first and smashing a solo homer during the eighth. With this performance, his incredible year continues. Escobar has new career highs in homers, RBI and runs, and he already set those new benchmarks in each category earlier in the season. He's batting .272 with 34 home runs, 112 RBI, 90 runs and five steals in 570 at-bats this year.