Escobar went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI on Sunday against Colorado. Escobar doubled home a run in both the first and third innings, his first two RBI of spring training. He's now 6-for-26 with two RBI and a run scored in camp.
Escobar went 0-for-3 and is hitting .214 (3-for-14, four strikeouts) in five spring games. Escobar, who has made four starts at third base and another at second base, is expected to be the everyday third baseman this season -- possibly to the detriment of position versatility beyond 2019. In all five spring games, Escobar's hit third in the order where there's potential to build on his career-high 84 RBI set in 2018.
Escobar will remain in Arizona for three more seasons after signing an extension Monday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. The deal is reported to be for three years and $21 million. The 29-year-old utility man broke out in 2018, moving into an everyday role and hitting .272/.334/.489 with a career-high 23 homers. His hard contact rate jumped up to 38.2 percent after sitting at 31.4 percent in 2017, so there's reason to believe he'll be able to sustain that level of production going forward, giving fantasy owners a cheap but adequate option at shortstop and third base.
Escobar is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres. Escobar is currently riding a 10-game hit streak, but he'll head to the bench for a day off Sunday. Unless he logs a pinch-hit appearance, the infielder will finish the season with an .824 OPS, the best mark of his career. Chris Owings will man the hot corner to replace him.
Escobar came off the bench to deliver a walkoff solo home run in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Dodgers. Escobar entered the contest in the bottom of the seventh inning as a pinch hitter for John Ryan Murphy, drawing a walk in the plate appearance before getting stranded at third base. He stayed in the game to spell Chris Owings at the hot corner and came through with the game-winning hit off Kenta Maeda after the Dodgers had tied things up in the top of the ninth. The 29-year-old is closing the season on a positive note with hits in each of his last seven games, but he's not a safe bet to play in all of the Diamondbacks' remaining four contests with the team in evaluation mode following its elimination from postseason contention a few days ago.
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