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Yunel Escobar (SS,3B)

Washington Nationals - 2% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Yunel Escobar went 0-for-3 today but did score a run from two walks.

Fantasy Impact: Escobar is off to a hot start ending his seven game hitting streak. He is batting: 286/.375/.343 with two doubles, five walks and one strikeout on the season.


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Yunel Escobar went 1-for-4 with a double vs. the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1-4 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Escobar is 3-for-14 with 1 double and a run. He is an everyday player to keep an eye on since he wasn't drafted in most leagues. He is making contact and gets on base with his .313 OBP. Escobar will go up against Cole Hamels next who he has faced 18 times. He has 6 walks with 3 strikeouts, but only 2 hits in his career against Hamels.


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Yunel Escobar was held hitless in his first game as a National.

Fantasy Impact: Yunel went 0-for-4 with no strikeouts or walks. He made contact the whole game, but couldn't get anything going. With Anthony Rendon on the DL, Escobar will be seeing plenty of work to start the season. He takes on the reigning ROY Jacob deGrom in his next game.


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Yunel Escobar has been limited to 14 at bats this spring due to and oblique injury, but had an excellent effort against the Marlins on Sunday. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored to raise his average to .357 in Grapefruit League play. Escobar hit .258 with 7 home runs and 39 RBI last season with the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Escobar is listed as the starting second baseman on the Nationals depth chart. The veteran has played for the Braves, Blue Jays and Rays and has a career batting average of .278 and an OPS of .728. Escobar likely will not be an upper echelon fantasy middle infielder, but is a solid option.


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Yunel Escobar, who is preparing for a position change from shortstop to second base, has been shut down with a Grade 1 oblique strain. According to Nationals manager Matt Williams, Escobar "hasn’t had any problem when throwing or fielding grounders." The issue arises when he tries to swing, a common cause of oblique strains. Williams anticipates he'll be fine at second base with a couple of weeks to prepare when he returns to action. (Source: Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: If Escobar is not ready by opening day, look for Danny Espinosa to get starts. The Nationals also have former Atlanta Brave Dan Uggla in camp competing for a bench job.


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Escobar was acquired with Ben Zobrist from the Rays, giving the Athletics a replacement for Jed Lowrie. (Source: SF Gate)

Fantasy Impact: Lowrie was a productive hitter in 2013, but struggled a bit in 2014 and was let go as a free agent. Escobar will start for the Athletics and provide solid defense and league average hitting. Escobar has only hit double digit home runs three times in his eight year career and has hit .265 since moving the AL full time at the trade deadline in 2010. Furthermore, Escobar has only stolen 31 bases in eight seasons. Escobar is not worth an addition, even as a middle infielder, unless it is an extremely deep AL-only league.


The Rays have signed FA IF Asdrubal Cabrera, paving the way for a potential Ben Zobrist or Yunel Escobal deal. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Escobar fell out of favor with the Rays due to his inconsistent play last season and may be their first choice to move. Wherever Escobar lands he is not much of a fantasy option, except in deep leagues, due to his lack of speed or power.