Sep 25, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar (5) during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Danny Santana is considered the favorite to start the season as the Minnesota Twins shortstop. After playing centerfield for most of the season a year ago, he will be moved back into the infield. However, last week we learned that Santana is going to have more competition that originally anticipated. Enter Escobar.
Looking at the two players, Escobar may not be all that much different from Santana. Despite Santana’s average sitting well above .300 a season ago, it was Escobar that actually played a better shortstop. With advanced range and ability to cover the position, Eduardo Escobar could push for more than a simple utility role.
Santana should see an average drop off as his .405 batting average on balls in play is not sustainable. Should Escobar hit to a high level during the spring, and Santana allow the door to be opened, Paul Molitor could find himself leaning more one way than another.