With the World Series concluding, teams and fans now will shift their attention to the off-season. One of the first orders of business is free agents. Eligible players become free agents a day after the final major league baseball game is played. On the Brewers roster, Eduardo Escobar is one player who is set to become a free agent.
Prior to joining the Brewers at the trade deadline, Escobar was the Arizona Diamondbacks lone all-star. As an 11 year pro, 2021 surprisingly marked Escobar’s first ever all-star appearance. It was well deserved for with the Diamondbacks he hit 22 home runs and drove in 65 batters in 98 games played.
In this article, Eduardo Escobar’s season grade will be determined on how he performed in a Brewers uniform.
Escobar made his Brewers debut on July 30th and he started things off with a bang. His first hit was a solo home run in a 9-5 win. Three days later he hit another home run, making that two long balls in four days to begin his stint with the Crew. From a home run standpoint, he would not hit another one until September 8th. However, he did spend 10 days on the IL from August 24th-September 3rd with a hamstring strain.
By the conclusion of the regular season, Escobar slashed .268/.342/.458/.800 with six home runs and 25 RBI’s. This stat line is solid, but perhaps did not quite live up to the expectation that fans had when they heard the Brewers were acquiring a power bat.
In the post-season, Luis Urias drew starts at third base in games three and four instead of Escobar. With Rowdy Tellez being the Brewers primary source of offense in the NLDS, the switch hitting Escobar was forced to come off the bench. He finished 3-10 with a double during the series.
All of this leads to the question of if the Brewers should bring Escobar back in 2022 or not? At this time we are not certain if he even has interest in returning, but with 2021 being just the second time he has tasted post-season baseball one would assume that he wants to sign with a competitive team.
Eduardo Escobar 2021 Season Grade: B