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Birth Date11-2-1982
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age31 years, 8 months, 26 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 ATL 24 94 355 319 54 104 25 0 5 144 27 44 5 2 2 28 5 3 .326 .385 .451 .292 27.4 -2.6 2.4
2008 ATL 25 136 587 514 71 148 24 2 10 206 59 62 5 2 7 60 2 5 .288 .366 .401 .268 25.6 11.2 3.7
2009 ATL 26 141 604 528 89 158 26 2 14 230 57 62 10 2 7 76 5 4 .299 .377 .436 .282 42.0 14.6 5.7
2010 ATL 27 75 301 261 28 62 12 0 0 74 37 31 1 0 2 19 5 1 .238 .334 .284 .237 3.6 10.6 1.5
2010 TOR 27 60 266 236 32 65 7 0 4 84 19 26 4 0 7 16 1 1 .275 .340 .356 .237 3.7 -5.2 -0.2
2011 TOR 28 133 590 513 77 149 24 3 11 212 61 70 6 5 5 48 3 3 .290 .369 .413 .279 33.4 -3.9 3.1
2012 TOR 29 145 608 558 58 141 22 1 9 192 35 70 4 4 7 51 5 1 .253 .300 .344 .230 8.2 5.9 1.5
2013 TBA 30 153 578 508 61 130 27 1 9 186 57 73 3 4 6 56 4 4 .256 .332 .366 .264 27.8 -2.2 2.8
2014 TBA 31 88 340 302 20 77 13 0 4 102 33 37 1 2 2 25 1 1 .255 .328 .338 .245 10.5 -7.3 0.3
Career102542293739490103418096614303854753921453793123.277.348.382.262182.221.220.9

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 ROM A 48 214 .297 .259 .340 .400 .262 .349 98 7.9 5.9 2.7 5.3 -1.7 13.8 1.8 13.8 1.8
2005 DNV Rk 8 36 .398 .279 .356 .435 .283 .417 95 6 1.2 0.5 -0.8 0.7 7.7 0.6 7.7 0.6
2006 MIS AA 121 501 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .316 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 ATL MLB 94 355 .292 .269 .333 .431 .261 .364 101 12.6 10.5 2.5 -2.6 3.1 27.4 2.4 27.4 2.4
2007 RIC AAA 46 195 .335 .255 .327 .383 .255 .384 92 9.3 3.4 1.5 1.1 2.3 13.7 1.4 13.7 1.4
2008 ATL MLB 136 587 .268 .263 .330 .414 .262 .311 98 5 17.0 7.7 11.2 -2.0 25.6 3.7 25.6 3.7
2009 ATL MLB 141 604 .282 .263 .332 .417 .264 .317 95 14 17.4 8 14.6 2.3 42.0 5.7 42.0 5.7
2010 ATL MLB 75 301 .237 .261 .325 .408 .268 .270 92 -7.1 8.3 3.8 10.6 -0.7 3.6 1.5 3.6 1.5
2010 TOR MLB 60 266 .237 .263 .325 .418 .255 .296 114 -6.2 7.3 3.4 -5.2 0.4 3.7 -0.2 3.7 -0.2
2010 GWN AAA 1 4 .468 .276 .353 .410 .286 1.000 103 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.0 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2011 TOR MLB 133 590 .279 .256 .319 .408 .261 .316 108 10.8 15.9 7.3 -3.9 0.3 33.4 3.1 33.4 3.1
2012 TOR MLB 145 608 .230 .253 .316 .407 .260 .273 106 -18.1 16.7 7.5 5.9 1.4 8.2 1.5 8.2 1.5
2013 TBA MLB 153 578 .264 .253 .317 .402 .265 .281 94 2.5 15.2 7 -2.2 1.0 27.8 2.8 27.8 2.8
2014 TBA MLB 88 340 .245 .256 .317 .400 .261 .278 104 -4.7 8.8 4 -7.3 2.1 10.5 0.3 10.5 0.3
2014 PCH A+ 2 7 .106 .255 .306 .354 .245 .167 96 -1.2 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.3 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 DNV Rk 36 9 12 2 1 2 8 5 4 0 0 .400 .486 .733 .333 .398 7.7 -0.8 0.6
2005 ROM A 214 30 62 13 3 4 19 14 30 0 2 .313 .355 .470 .157 .297 13.8 5.3 1.8
2006 MIS AA 501 55 113 21 4 2 45 59 77 7 9 .264 .362 .346 .082 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 RIC AAA 195 20 60 10 3 2 29 14 27 7 3 .333 .381 .456 .122 .335 13.7 1.1 1.4
2007 ATL MLB 355 54 104 25 0 5 28 27 44 5 3 .326 .385 .451 .125 .292 27.4 -2.6 2.4
2008 ATL MLB 587 71 148 24 2 10 60 59 62 2 5 .288 .366 .401 .113 .268 25.6 11.2 3.7
2009 ATL MLB 604 89 158 26 2 14 76 57 62 5 4 .299 .377 .436 .136 .282 42.0 14.6 5.7
2010 TOR MLB 266 32 65 7 0 4 16 19 26 1 1 .275 .340 .356 .081 .237 3.7 -5.2 -0.2
2010 ATL MLB 301 28 62 12 0 0 19 37 31 5 1 .238 .334 .284 .046 .237 3.6 10.6 1.5
2010 GWN AAA 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .667 .750 .667 .000 .468 1.2 0.2 0.1
2011 TOR MLB 590 77 149 24 3 11 48 61 70 3 3 .290 .369 .413 .123 .279 33.4 -3.9 3.1
2012 TOR MLB 608 58 141 22 1 9 51 35 70 5 1 .253 .300 .344 .091 .230 8.2 5.9 1.5
2013 TBA MLB 578 61 130 27 1 9 56 57 73 4 4 .256 .332 .366 .110 .264 27.8 -2.2 2.8
2014 PCH A+ 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .000 .106 -0.7 0.0 -0.1
2014 TBA MLB 340 20 77 13 0 4 25 33 37 1 1 .255 .328 .338 .083 .245 10.5 -7.3 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2002 0.4950 0.4537 0.8655 0.6983 0.2127 0.9350 0.6419 0.1345
2009 1995 0.5098 0.4549 0.8567 0.6686 0.2321 0.9221 0.6608 0.1433
2010 1884 0.5069 0.4455 0.8556 0.6660 0.2174 0.9167 0.6634 0.1432
2011 2176 0.5207 0.4048 0.8633 0.6055 0.1841 0.9286 0.6302 0.1355
2012 2095 0.5279 0.4517 0.8402 0.6257 0.2558 0.9147 0.6364 0.1577
2013 2120 0.4901 0.4464 0.8351 0.6564 0.2442 0.9032 0.6591 0.1628
2014 1183 0.5080 0.4433 0.8511 0.6822 0.1959 0.9244 0.5877 0.1489
Career134550.50850.44240.85250.6550.22180.92040.64290.1465

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-25 2014-07-11 15-DL 16 15 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2014-05-31 2014-06-01 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2014-05-10 2014-05-10 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Contusion - -
2013-09-25 2013-09-26 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Soreness - -
2013-07-15 2013-07-22 DTD 7 3 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-05-05 2013-05-06 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Contusion - -
2013-04-25 2013-05-01 DTD 6 5 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-09-16 2012-09-17 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2012-08-12 2012-08-13 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2012-07-25 2012-07-28 DTD 3 3 - Back Soreness - -
2012-05-28 2012-05-29 DTD 1 1 Left Groin Tightness - -
2011-09-11 2011-09-29 15-DL 18 16 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2011-09-04 2011-09-06 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2011-07-02 2011-07-06 DTD 4 4 Hand Contusion From Player Sliding -
2011-06-08 2011-06-11 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Contusion Quadriceps -
2011-05-10 2011-05-10 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Contusion HBP -
2011-04-07 2011-04-09 DTD 2 2 Head Concussion Sliding -
2011-03-18 2011-03-19 Camp 1 0 Low Back Soreness -
2010-08-29 2010-09-06 DTD 8 7 Low Back Soreness -
2010-08-09 2010-08-11 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Soreness -
2010-07-20 2010-07-22 DTD 2 2 Right Hand Contusion -
2010-04-30 2010-05-15 15-DL 15 13 Left Groin Strain -
2010-03-26 2010-03-30 Camp 4 0 Low Back Soreness -
2009-09-20 2009-09-21 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2009-09-14 2009-09-15 DTD 1 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2009-09-05 2009-09-08 DTD 3 2 Right Ankle Sprain -
2009-07-31 2009-08-04 DTD 4 4 Right Wrist Contusion HBP -
2009-07-10 2009-07-12 DTD 2 2 Low Back Strain -
2009-06-26 2009-06-30 DTD 4 3 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2009-06-22 2009-06-23 DTD 1 1 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2009-05-23 2009-05-29 DTD 6 6 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2009-04-16 2009-04-20 DTD 4 4 Abdomen Strain -
2008-09-15 2008-09-17 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-09-04 2008-09-05 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2008-08-15 2008-08-16 DTD 1 1 Elbow Contusion HBP -
2008-07-10 2008-07-22 DTD 12 7 Left Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff -
2008-06-25 2008-07-02 DTD 7 5 Left Shoulder Soreness Jammed From Sliding -
2008-06-22 2008-06-23 DTD 1 1 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2008-06-20 2008-06-20 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2008-05-21 2008-05-23 DTD 2 2 Knee Contusion Player Collision -
2008-05-05 2008-05-06 DTD 1 0 General Medical Illness -
2008-04-25 2008-04-25 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Contusion Index Finger Nail -
2006-07-18 2006-07-26 Minors 8 0 Right Foot Fracture Heel -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 TBA $1,000,000
2016 TBA $7,000,000
2015 TBA $5,000,000
2014 TBA $5,000,000
2013 TBA $5,000,000
2012 TOR $5,000,000
2011 TOR $2,900,000
2010 ATL $435,000
2009 ATL $425,000
2008 ATL $402,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$14,162,500
2011Current$5,000,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$19,162,500
3 yrFuture$13,000,000
10 yrTotal$32,162,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 121 dMiami Sports Management2 years/$10M (2012-13), 2014 options

Details
  • 2 years/$13M (2015-16), plus 2017 club option. Signed extension with Tampa Bay 4/5/14. 15:$5M, 16:$7M, 17:$7M club option ($1M buyout).
  • 2 years/$10M (2012-13), plus 2014-15 club options. Signed extension with Toronto 6/19/11. 12:$5M, 13:$5M, 14:$5M club option, 15:$5M club option. Acquired by Miami in trade from Toronto 11/13/12. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Miami 12/4/12. Tampa Bay exercised 2014 option 11/2/13.
  • 1 year/$2.9M (2011). Re-signed by Toronto 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.435M (2010). Renewed by Atlanta 3/3/10. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Atlanta 7/14/10.
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2009). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4025M (2008). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/29/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Contract purchased by Atlanta 6/1/07.
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2005 (2-75) (Matires de Barbados HS, Cuba). $0.475M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .277 .349 .388 .271
11 vs R (Multi) .255 .323 .357 .254
18 Split (Multi) -.022 -.026 -.031 -.016
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .279 .350 .400 .281
31 vs R (2013) .245 .324 .350 .260
38 Split (2013) -.034 -.026 -.050 -.021
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)The security of a contract extension doesn't seem to be helping Yunel Escobar perform. Can Hak-Ju Lee unseat him before the extension is up?
(birdzfan52 from Baltimore)
I don't think the extension has anything to do with Escobar's performance. Lee has a long road back from a very serious injury, and depending on how much stock you put into defensive metrics, Escobar is an above-average player. Personally. I think those metrics overrate Escobar and he's just average, so sure, Lee could replace him at some point. Even if he's not named the starter outright, Joe Maddon loves using his bench. (Ben Carsley)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anthony Rendon & Yunel Escobar as backup 2B/SS/3B in a 14 team mixed league: Just mediocre enough to suffice, or miserable?
(Phil from South Bend)
That's a deep league, man. Rendon has good upside. Escobar doesn't, but he should be okay. I like it. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Care to explain how on earth JJ Hardy won the Gold Glove over Yunel Escobar. Did personality issues serve as part of the award criteria?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Gold Glove awards. Man. That's a thing that doesn't measure what it is supposed to measure, huh? Was Escobar really the best shortstop in the American League? It's pretty certain Hardy wasn't. I'm guessing though that Hardy hit well last season and, well, you just can't beat logic like that so no need to go further.

I'd like to see a twitter meme created where people give gold glove awards to others when they do something badly, or in Rafael Palmeiro's case, not at all. (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who is most likely to be the Cardinals' shortstop in 2014?
(whjohnson37 from Houston)
None of the above.

Seriously though the internal options aren't appealing. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso both seem like fill-ins or utility options as opposed to starters, and while some have suggested that Kolten Wong can't be any worse at the position, I think he'd be too big of a stretch at the position defensively to give him a try. My guess based on internal options is Kozma. It wouldn't surprise me to see the club explore a trade or someone like Yunel Escobar is the market is right. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Think its pretty cool how the giants are embracing saber concepts signing Lincecum based of dips theory. Any chance Rays move Yunel Escobar to Centerfield where his arm can shine and Desmond Jennings back to left?
(Fip Lincecum from Yay(o) Area)
Did the Giants come out and say that? Because I've read pieces that say 'this justifies the signing' but I've never heard anyone connected to the Giants make that statement. I suspect they haven't because if they did the internet would explode.

I'd be shocked if the Rays moved Escobar to the outfield. Who would they put at shortstop? Don't think Delmon Young would cut it there. (Matthew Kory)
2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)We just started round 1 of the playoffs, and my shortstop situation is dire. Who would you choose the rest of the season among Asdrubal Cabrera, Yunel Escobar, and Jose Iglesias?
(Alex from Anaheim)
Hi Alex. That's pretty dire.

This answer depends mostly on the rest of your roster. I think I'd stay away from Iglesias. He has already cooled off, and while he is in a strong line-up (which helps with the runs/RBI), I think he's the weakest choice of the three. That leaves Cabrera and Escobar. Escobar is the safer choice while Asdrual has the higher ceiling. If you need to play it safe, I'd go with Yunel. But the more I look at the two, I think I'd roll the dice on Cabrera. Cabrera's bad year is almost as good as Yunel's 2013. Assuming Cabrera's healthy, he should put up similar numbers. The only drawback with Cabrera is that he has been sitting at time for Mike Aviles. Still, I'd take the shot on Cabrera bouncing back this month. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)What do I do with Yunel Escobar? Just hope and pray he gets better or move on?
(BobcatBaseball from Athens, OH)
Hi Bob.

What was your expectation entering 2013? His TAv is better than it was in 2012, and pretty consistent with everything he has done since 2009. 2011 looks like the outlier, not a level of performance that should be expected going forward. If there's something better on the wire, grab it, but Yuni was a deep mixed/AL-only guy to begin with. (Mike Gianella)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dumber Baseball Player with Anti-Gay Slur made public? Yunel Escobar "eye-black" incident or Noah Syndergaard's Croc-related tweet?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Yunel easy. Pre-mediated garbage. Syndergaard's was 20-year old idiocy. There's no reason for it and it needs to be stamped out, but it's not nearly as stupid as what Yunel did. (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I wrong to consider Yunel Escobar's 2011 Home/Road splits concerning? Keith Law intimated that he hit at home because of the man in white. Looking at it, since 2010 Escobar has only hit in home games in 2011...
(Mike from Atlanta)
Impossible to say without more data. If it's a consistent and established pattern, then we can treat it as real until it's disproven. The reason why isn't important. So yeah, if there's enough data, then it's reasonable to be concerned. (Ian Miller)
2012-09-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dan, in light of the recent Yunel Escobar incident, what do you think could be done to not only promote increased tolerance in MLB (and milb) clubhouses, but to foster an environment wherein a player would not feel ashamed to come out of the closet?
(R.A. Wagman from Toronto)
A good question, R.A. Wagman, and one that is more about the real world than it is baseball. The game needs to reflect the world that we live in, and our world has become so much more tolerant in the last 10 to 20 years in so many areas, which I am thankful for. Hopefully, we all learned from the Escobar situation, because there is no place in our game or our society for what occurred. I hope that we continue to grow as a sport so that a player would feel comfortable about who he really is, and that women would have an equal chance of working within the sport. It would not only be good for the game, but also the world we live in. The Dodgers' bold decision to sign Jackie Robinson changed our lives for the better, and it wasn't an easy move for all involved. (Dan Evans)
2012-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yunel Escobar had a bad clubhouse reputation waaaaay before his latest suspension, why does he keep getting chances despite his nonchalant and seemingly "me-first" attitude?
(jlarsen from chicagoland)
Love covers a multitude of sins, but a TAv above .260 as a shortstop will cover for a few as well. (Colin Wyers)
2012-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Michael, Would Karstens and Taillon be enough to get Headley from the Padres? Or is there a "safer", less-costly acquisition the Bucs should focus on?
(Sweet Lou from Buctown)
I don’t see the utility of trading for Headley, and giving up Taillon would be too much—he’d be an upgrade over Pedro Alvarez in some areas, and Pittsburgh fans might miss the breeze from all Pedro’s whiffs, but this is a small-market team that needs to focus on developing internal talent. Alvarez is starting to figure things out, and they need to see if their investment will pay off, not look for a marginal upgrade at the cost of Taillon. They’re better off pursuing a shortstop, maybe Yunel Escobar. (Michael Street)
2011-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cardinals were generally pilloried for the Rasmus trade, but fact is, Raz hasn't exactly prospered in Toronto so far -- to put it mildly. I know, SSS and all, but might the Cardinals have known something about his prospects that the rest of us don't? Has your opinion of the trade changed at all? (Bonus Q: who made the best and the dumbest deadline deals, now that we've had six weeks to see how they've worked?)
(BillJ from New Mexico)
Bill, you took "small sample size" out of my mouth--I don't think we can read much into the 92 plate appearances Rasmus has had since becoming a Canadian resident. I absolutely think the Cardinals might have known something no one else did, which is something I and other writers noted at the time the deal went down. You could have said the same about the Braves and Yunel Escobar last season, though, and that's worked out pretty well for Toronto. I don't think whatever problems Rasmus experienced in St. Louis were serious enough to prevent him from being an asset on the field.

As for your second question, it's interesting how quickly the perception of the Carlos Beltran trade to the Giants changed. I wouldn't call them dumb for making that deal, based on what they knew at the time (which is the only standard we can fairly apply), but with Beltran breaking down, Wheeler rolling to the end of the season, and San Francisco falling out of the race, you'd have to think Brian Sabean is already regretting that one, if Brian Sabean is capable of lamenting the acquisition of a veteran. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-08-26 16:00:00 (link to chat)Does the Braves Front Office have any regrets trading away Yunel Escobar who has been terrific since joining the Jays?
(Zooey from LA)
None. We root for Escobar because we want every trade we make to be win-win for both organizations involved. Alex Gonzalez helped us reach the playoffs last year with his Gold Glove defense and had a huge hit in Game 2 of the NLDS to tie the score. Gonzalez has helped us have a great season again in 2011. Escobar is an extremely talented player and we hope he does well in Toronto and, to his credit, he's shown his 2010 numbers in Atlanta were an aberration.

The interesting thing about that deal, which often goes unmentioned, is the second and third players we got in the trade. Tim Collins, who was used a couple of weeks later to help facilitate a trade for Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel, has spent the entire 2011 season in the Major Leagues as a left-handed reliever for the Kansas City Royals. The third player, Tyler Pastornicky, projects for us as an everyday shortstop and has hit .315 with 7 HR and 27 SB as a 21-year old in Triple-A. There was a lot more to that trade than just Escobar and Gonzalez. (John Coppolella)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)I fantasize of trading Yunel Escobar for Adam Lind...should I try to make it a reality or is it too far fetched of a dream?
(Justin from Tinley Park)
Unless I'm really desperate for a shortstop, I am not making that deal. The worse the guy can say is no, but that's a run production drop-off he/she might not want to take in the stats at this point of the season. (Jason Collette)
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)With all the hitting coaches being fired, when will Larry Parrish be shown the door by the Braves? He's taken one of the best offenses from last season, had Melky Cabrera withdrawn and Dan Uggla added, and has turned them into one of the worst this season.
(Nick Carter from London)
It's never clear how much impact a hitting or pitching coach can have on a team, so it's very tough to lay their problems at the feet of one, not that they don't as a means of scapegoating somebody when things get rough. Did Parrish tell Uggla to start swinging with his eyes closed? Did he trade Yunel Escobar for the hacktastic Alex Gonzalez? Did he drive Nate McLouth's career off a cliff? Cause Jason Heyward's injury woes? Force anyone to play Jordan Schafer?

The bottom line is that I'm very skeptical the Braves' offensive woes owe much to Parrish, though I suspect they'll make an example of him anyway if their fortunes don't turn. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-10-12 12:00:00 (link to chat)I enjoyed your article on Brooks Conrad today. It made me start wondering what they do with their infield next year. What do you think the Braves do next year, assuming Jones comes back? Do they bring back Gonzalez, or go with Prado/Infante up the middle and do they give Freeman an opportunity to play 1st?
(Shane from Miami)
Thanks. I think it's pretty unlikely Chipper comes back. If it were me deciding, I'd play Freeman at 1B, Prado at 2B, Infante at SS, and a free agent at third. Although I will say the Yunel Escobar trade still doesn't make sense to me. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Tommy, thanks for the chat. How do you like Yunel Escobar going forward for the next few years? Do you think he can put OBPs in the .370 range and SLG % in the low .400s?
(Dennis from LA)
Yes, that is exactly what I think. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)So far it has been a rough fantasy season for me. I have had 5 players hit the DL already (Miguel Montero, Aaron Hill, Yunel Escobar, Carlos Beltran and Brad Hawpe). So I am playing with a lot of replacement level players. My main question is, should I keep Gordon Beckham and Jason Kubel? They have been in tremendous slumps. and if so, who should I replace them with? Is Ryan Ludwick a better option in the outfield? Please help.
(csatte1 from Baltimore, MD)
Gordon Beckham really seems like a young hitter who is adjusting. His BABIP is low because if too many grounders and pop-ups, but he should work that out. Jason Kubel just isn't hitting the ball as hard as last year. Fewer balls hit to the outfield, fewer HR. He's probably working out kinks in his swing, but I can't imagine he's as valuable as Beckham, even though I don't do fantasy baseball so I don't really know league scarcity that well. Ryan Ludwick seems he's just a little less patient hitter with maybe a little more power. Not sure how that plays in here. I guess Ludwick is better especially with Kubel needing to work out some kinks. (Matt Swartz)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)OK, so some sight that shall remain nameless rated Elvis Andrus as a better fantasy SS than Yunel Escobar. Is that that the most rediculous ranking you've seen? Or is there another that really blew you away?
(biglou115 from Arkansas)
I can see why they would do it--they probably expect more power from Andrus than last year, and with his stolen bases and the Rangers lineup you can argue he'll add to a few categories, but I like Yunel more, so I don't buy that argument.

There has to be something more ridiculous out there though, since I can justify that whether I agree with it or not. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Yunel Escobar this year for fantasy? I have a hole at SS in my keeper league and I picked him up on the last day of last season to hold for a possible starter role for this season.
(southsidepride from IL)
I think he's solid but unspectacular. I like the Braves to score a decent number of runs, so his counting stats should be respectable. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be more valuable this season at SS? Yunel Escobar, Alcides Escobar, or Everth Cabrera?
(Ozzie Smith from HOF)
I wish it would be Everth Cabrera, but it's going to Yunel Escobar. I like Alcides potential quite a bit, but if we're talking 2010 then I'm going with the good Yuni. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see further growth and offensive upside for a player like Yunel Escobar? Seems like scouts either love him or think we have seen the best already.
(Artie from NJ)
I think there is probably a little bit more there. I'm not convinced he is going to be a superstar but I think he can have a good career. (John Perrotto)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like better, Yunel Escobar or Elvis Andrus?
(Matt from SD, CA)
Elvis, for the glove and youth. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Say you've just entered an 8 team strat league and said league is doing a total redraft. Assuming Hanley and Tulo are the first two shortstops to be drafted, which shortstop would go third? Obviously present and future value count.
(Aunt Jemima from Atlanta)
The Shortstop from your location - Yunel Escobar. (Eric Seidman)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Has anyone credible seen Chapman hit 99 mph as some reports are saying? i can just see him coming to the U.S.and working 91-92 mph. The next Cuban defector plays up to 60% of his hype level will be the first.
(mafrth77 from Boston)
Kendry Morales and his .924 OPS say hello, as does Yunel Escobar. To answer your quesiton, Chapman has pitched in many international tourneys in front of many credible folks. He is not a myth. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-23 16:00:00 (link to chat)How would you compare these three middle infielders, Maicer Izturis, Erick Aybar and Yunel Escobar? They all had similar years offensively, but I don't know much about their defense or the chance of stardom.
(Wendy from Madrid)
Yunel has the potential to hit 27-32 home runs in a season whereas the other two seem more likely to fall in that .355/.435 range, which is nothing to scoff at, but Yunel certainly has a better chance at becoming an all-star and big bopper than the other two. Defensively, Aybar does a lot right with the glove but makes some mental mistakes that one would hope will gradually cease to occur. I'd order them Escobar, Aybar, Izturis. (Eric Seidman)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)no opinions on Yunel Escobar :( ?
(makewayhomer from Boston)
I like Escobar a lot actually. I wish his defense graded out a bit better, but he's got a pretty good bat at SS, some pretty good contact skills, and can take a walk and control the strike zone. His D isn't bad by the way, I just wish it was better so he was a more complete package. I'm greedy. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)In your notes last week you wrote ... "The Braves would definitely trade shortstop Yunel Escobar, who has exhausted manager Bobby Cox’s deep reservoir of patience." What is it about Escobar that is so frustrating to Cox? -- Thanks
(jon from Seattle)
His very inconsistent approach to playing the game hard. Some days, he is there mentally; other days, he isn't. There also some in the Braves' organization who privately question his ability to play through even the slightest bit of physical discomfort. (John Perrotto)
2008-12-04 13:30:00 (link to chat)If you were Cardinals GM John Mozeliak, would you trade Ryan Ludwick for Yunel Escobar and, presumably now that Greene is there, put him at second base? Interesting and highly-rumored potential deal.
(Chuck from Chicago)
In general, I would trade Ryan Ludwick. His value will never, ever be higher, and if you can get, forget Escobar, but even Kelly Johnson and a stocking stuffer, you make that deal. Easy. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-24 15:00:00 (link to chat)Would Teheran, Rohrbough, Yunel Escobar and the pick of Gorkys or Schafer be enough to make me a Brave? Is this package better than what the Orioles got for Bedard? It does look better than the Twins package for Santana
(peavy from SD)
I think if the Braves made that offer, the Padres would be thrilled. That's a great package: a pre-arb quality starting shortstop, a center fielder who can step in and start this season, and a pitching prospect in Teheran who Kevin Goldstein said has a higher ceiling than any pitcher in the Braves system. I think that's as good or maybe a bit better than what the O's got, but Peavy is also better than Bedard, and I'm higher on Escobar than most, probably. I don't think the Braves should give up that much, and from what I've read Peavy doesn't want Escobar to be leaving if he's coming. (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yunel Escobar, Gorkys Hernandez, Charles Morton and a lefty reliever for Jake Peavy seems basicaly to me like giving Escobar for Peavy who is a very cheap superace for 4-5 years. Is it a good or bad deal for the Braves?
(JOHN54 from Alabama)
I think you're being a little too harsh on Morton, and Gorkys, um... has a great name and could be, er, sort of a fourth OF. It's not a great return, you're right. It was a more exciting deal with Tommy Hanson as part of it. It's a good deal for the Braves. I've written elsewhere (tho' I'm not the only one) to suggest that Peavy's H/R splits suggest he is overvalued to some degree, and no doubt that figures in.

I'm so certain I typed "sex" in that last entry, but it came out "self." And you know what? Self-life is a really interesting concept that I like even better. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two months into the season, Yunel Escobar is looking like a Gold Glover with a solid bat. Is he still just playing over his head, or is he more a solid regular type with maybe a couple of all-star appearances in peak years?
(Matt A from Raleigh)
He's come down a bit after the hot start, so I want to see more. My sense remains that he's going to be stretched at shortstop, physically. He looks to me like someone with the bat for shortstop and the glove for third. How his defense plays out--and at this point, it's a hard thing to evaluate--will be the difference. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)christina what's going on with jj hardy? he's been pretty mediocre since this point last year. his numbers suggest that he's not overmatched at the plate, but his power has completely disappeared. thanks!
(bobby from ann arbor)
I think it's a matter of too-high expectations. He's a perfectly fine starting shortstop with decent power, but he isn't going to be among the league's very best. I think we need to accept that "the trinity" of the '90s was an anomaly, and that a world in which we have merely very good players at shortstop--like Khalil Greene, or Hardy, or Yunel Escobar--populate most rosters. It still beats having to see Johnny LeMaster play. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better offensive numbers this year, Stephen Drew or Yunel Escobar?
(Alberto from Boston)
Aargh. PECOTA says Drew. I'm not a big believer in either, but I think that Drew is more likely to go up and Escobar more likely to go down, so let's go with Drew. (Steven Goldman)


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