Eduardo Escobar

Eduardo EscobarPosition: SS
Born: 1/5/89
Ht: 5'10" Wt: 150 B-T: S-R
Acquired: Signed as a free agent from Venezuela in 2006
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #13 - 2009 Preseason
  • #16 - 2010 Midseason
  • #7 - 2010 Postseason
  • #6 - 2011 Midseason
  • #9 - 2012 Preseason

Accolades

  • 2009 White Sox Best Defensive Infielder (Baseball America)
  • FutureSox Hitter of the Month - August 2009
  • 2009 All-FutureSox Team Shortstop
  • 2010 White Sox Best Defensive Infielder (Baseball America)
  • 2010 Carolina League All-Star Game
  • 2010 Carolina League Post-Season All-Star
  • 2011 White Sox Best Defensive Infielder (Baseball America)
  • 2012 White Sox Best Defensive Infielder (Baseball America)

Scouting report
Escobar is a slick fielding shortstop whose defense is far ahead of his offense, but his bat is coming around. With the glove he has garnered comparisons to Ozzie Guillen and Omar Vizquel. With the bat he struggled to keep his OPS above .700 in full season ball. He is a decent bunter and has very good speed, but not much power. He has improved as a base stealer, but still needs to get better to be thought of as a threat on the base paths. His defense is what makes him a prospect, but he has shown flashes of being a capable hitter. He has been streaky offensively, showing good progress in 2010, including a strong stint at the Arizona Fall League where he hit .300 and showed some power. Escobar doesn't draw a lot of walks, but is a good contact hitter. If he can show a bit more strength and power he could hit for a decent average down the road. With the lack of depth in the White Sox system, he is easily the best middle infield prospect in the system, but with Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham manning the middle at the Major League level he could be relegated to a utility role or used in a trade.

Major League Outlook: Defense first shortstop
ETA: 2012-2013

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