1. I criticized Escobar for being all batting average and nothing else earlier this year. That hasn’t been the case so much as the season has moved along. Over the last 28 days, he’s hit .343 — but with a .459 OBP and .543 SLG. I doubt that’s sustainable, but those are All-Star numbers.
2. He’s hit .358 against lefties, .303 against righties… but with just slightly more power and walks against normal people.
3. He has, however, hit much better in his games at second base (.388/.432/.513) than at short (.317/.380/.423 ), though the shortstop numbers aren’t bad and are a reasonable approximation of Renteria.
4. In 102 PA leading off innings, he’s hit .375, but with an OBP of .412. The low walk totals in this situation argue that he’d be better hitting second or sixth than at the top of the order. On the other hand, he’s hit much better in the leadoff spot (.362/.414/.493) than second (.270/.324/.365).
5. Has hit .545 when putting the first pitch in play.
6. 3-7 with 3 walks as a pinch-hitter.
7. Pretty terrible hitter with two strikes (.182/.272/.236 ), even in 2-2 and 3-2 counts.