Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
3 days ago

Escobar (abdomen) will start at third base and bat leadoff in Wednesday's split-squad game against the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

The Angels held Escobar out for the last couple of days with a minor abdominal strain, but the team felt comfortable clearing him to play Wednesday. It's likely his brief absence was only precautionary and he shouldn't face any complications heading into Opening Day.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
4 days ago

Escobar was scratched from Tuesday's lineup, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar was originally set to return to action on Tuesday after he missed a few games over the weekend dealing with an abdominal strain, but he was removed from the lineup for undisclosed reasons beforehand. It's possible that it's related to the abdominal injury that kept him out for a little, but it won't be known until the Angels update his status. In the meantime, consider the 34-year-old day-to-day.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
4 days ago

Escobar (abdomen) is back in the Angels' lineup Tuesday, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

An abdominal strain cost Escobar a couple starts over the weekend, but he's back manning third base and leading off for the Halos. Escobar has been hitting primarily out of the leadoff spot this spring, as he did last year. While Escobar may not fit the mold of a typical leadoff hitter -- he doesn't draw many walks and he doesn't have any speed to speak of -- he at least puts the ball in play consistently.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
7 days ago

Escobar was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a mild abdominal strain, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jefry Marte is manning third base and batting seventh in Escobar's absence, with Kole Calhoun atop the order. Escobar has gotten off to a slow start at the plate this spring, but he continues to lead off regularly for the Halos. All but two of Escobar's at-bats last season came from out of the leadoff spot.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
2 weeks ago

Escobar (personal) will man third base and bat leadoff in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar had been unavailable for the past two days while he became officially naturalized as a United States citizen, but he's since rejoined the Angels and will occupy his familiar position. It appears the team will deploy Escobar as their leadoff hitter to begin the season, where his on-base skills should make him an effective table setter. Just don't expect much production from him in the power department or on the basepaths.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
2 weeks ago

Escobar (personal) was not present at camp Friday because he went to Miami to take the U.S. citizen oath, and he should return Saturday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The third baseman will resume normal duties this weekend and keeps his fantasy value as a late-round batting average asset in mixed leagues.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
3 weeks ago

Escobar (personal) returned to the team Friday night after completing his naturalization test in Florida. He will bat leadoff in Saturday's spring training tilt against the White Sox, The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar has to take a test in order to become a U.S. citizen. He returns to the club and will get a start at third base. Escobar is also batting leadoff -- something manager Mike Scioscia has done a couple times so far this spring -- and that could be a position in the lineup that he occupies during the regular season. The 34-year-old doesn't fit the bill as a traditional leadoff man, but his ability to get on base (.304 batting average and .355 on-base percentage in 2016) in front of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols is what makes him a viable candidate.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
3 weeks ago

Escobar left camp Wednesday to take a citizenship test in Miami, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He's expected to be back in camp by Thursday night, so it will likely serve as a rest day for the veteran infielder. Escobar is coming off another productive season, in which he slashed .304/.355/.391 and cemented himself as the Angels' everyday second baseman.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
4 weeks ago

Escobar made his spring training debut in Monday's tilt against the Padres. He batted leadoff and started at third base, going 0-for-3 in a 5-3 loss.

EDGE Analysis

While the position in the batting lineup is unlikely to stick, the regular role at third base should. Escobar played in 132 games for the Angels last year, slashing .304/.355/.391 in 567 plate appearances. He had deep league value as a batting average booster and a solid source of runs, and the same should hold true if his at-bats remain constant. There is a possibility that the newly-acquired Luis Valbuena cuts into some of his playing time at the hot corner, so there is a bit of risk for those investing in deeper formats.

Yunel Escobar
3B LAA
5 months ago

Escobar will return to the Angels for the 2017 season after they picked up his $7 million option, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although he only managed to hit five home runs over the course of the year, Escobar's .304 batting average and 28 doubles more than made up for the lack of power, especially given the Angels' struggles during the 2016 season. The 34-year-old will likely man the hot corner for Los Angeles once again during the upcoming season.