Tampa Bay Rays
2014 Avg.
.218
 
Career Avg.
.277
Name  Yunel Escobar
Born  11/2/1982
Height  6-2
Weight  205
Number  11
Position  SS
Bats  R
Throws  R
11/2/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar had his option picked up for next season. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: Escobar's regular season numbers were average (.256, 9 HR, 56 RBI) but he was dominant against Cleveland and Boston in the playoffs (.421 AVG in 19 at bats). He'll make $5 million in 2014.
 
10/5/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has dominated Boston starter John Lackey in 15 lifetime at bats.
Insight: He's hitting .533 versus the Red Sox ace. Escobar is a .279 hitter in 32 career games at Fenway Park.
 
9/26/2013 7:18:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar was a late scratch Thursday against New York.
Insight: It's Escobar's second absence in a row. His ankle injury is said to be minor, which means he should be available for the team's weekend series against Toronto.
 
7/26/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Rays SS Yunel Escobar owns a .914 OPS in his career against CC Sabathia of the Yankees.
Insight: Escobar is 9-for-31 (.290) with three doubles, two homers and nine RBI against Sabathia. He's hitting just .185 (5-for-27) over his last nine games, but he's not a bad play Friday against New York.
 
7/25/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) versus Boston veteran right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Escobar missed a couple of days with a hamstring injury and is just 1-for-10 since returning to the lineup. He is batting .246 this season with 7 HR and 39 RBI.
 
7/22/2013 6:23:00 PM
Description: Yunel Escobar is back after missing three games with a hamstring injury.
Insight: He'll bat ninth and play shortstop tonight against the Red Sox. Escobar is hitting .251 this season with 7 HR and 39 RBI.
 
7/21/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar won't be in the starting nine but he could be available off the bench Sunday against the Blue Jays. SOURCE: Mark Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: He's missed the last three games with a strained right hamstring. For now, it would appear that Escobar will not be needing a trip to the disabled list.
 
7/20/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was not in the lineup Friday due to a hamstring injury and will miss Saturday's game as well.
Insight: Escobar suffered the injury Sunday and the rest over the All-Star break didn't help him enough. Ben Zobrist will once again play shortstop, his 10th game there, which could make him eligible in some leagues.
 
7/19/2013 5:05:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup Friday due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Escobar suffered the injury Sunday and getting rest over the All-Star break didn't help him enough. Ben Zobrist is starting at shortstop Friday.
 
6/23/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Yunel Escobar doesn't look like an appealing fantasy option Sunday against New York.
Insight: That's because the Rays shortstop is only a .154 lifetime hitter against Yankees starter Ivan Nova. Despite his struggles against Nova, manager Joe Maddon has him starting at shortstop and batting ninth.
 
6/16/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar has a .381 average against Royals starter Wade Davis.
Insight: Escobar is 8-for-21 with two doubles and four walks against Davis. The shortstop is just 1-for-15 (.067) over his last five games, but seeing Davis Sunday should help him get back on track.
 
6/13/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar is a .412 hitter in 17 at-bats versus Ervin Santana.
Insight: Escobar is 7-for-17 with four RBI against the Royals right-hander. The shortstop's overall numbers -- .251, five homers, 27 RBIs -- aren't anything special, but they look much better if you remove his 7-for-59 (.119) slump to start the season. Since then, he's hitting .304 with five homers, 24 RBI, a 14/13 K/BB and an .828 OPS.
 
6/6/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar has done well against Tigers righthander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Escobar hasn't been overly impressive this season (.245, 5 HR, 26 RBI) but fantasy owners can't ignore his strong numbers versus Scherzer (.423 lifetime average). If you've been keeping Escobar on your bench, today would be the day to start him.
 
5/30/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has a .370 career average against Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Escobar is 10-for-27 with three doubles and a homer against Nolasco. The shortstop is only batting .232 this season, but that includes him going 4-for-45 (.089) over his first 13 games. Since that season-opening slump, Escobar is hitting .286 with four homers and 21 RBI in 34 games.
 
5/6/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (hand) is not expected back until Wednesday at the earliest due to a left hand contusion, according to beat writer Marc Topkin.
Insight: Escobar was hit in the left hand and had to leave Saturday's game. X-rays came back negative. He hasn't been very good this season, batting just .174 with a pair of homers and seven RBI.
 
5/4/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (hand) is day-to-day with a left hand contusion, according to beat writer Marc Topkin.
Insight: Escobar was hit in the left hand and had to leave Saturday's game. X-rays came back negative.
 
5/4/2013 9:02:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar had to leave Saturday's game after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch from Rockies starter Jon Garland.
Insight: Escobar was "in obvious pain" and slammed his helmet to the ground, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. Escobar is only batting .174 with two homers, so fantasy owners won't miss him if he has to miss an extended amount of time.
 
5/2/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Need a shortstop for Thursday? How about Yunel Escobar? The Tampa Bay infielder is a .412 career hitter against Royals starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: The 30-year-old is available in 99 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. If you're looking for a one-day rental, Escobar (.173, 2 HR, 7 RBI) should be a nice pickup.
 
4/30/2013 5:10:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (hamstring) will return to the lineup Tuesday night.
Insight: Escobar hasn't played since April 24. He's only batting .164 this season, but is 5-for-14 with two homers and four RBIs in his last four games.
 
4/27/2013 4:53:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar will miss his third game in a row because of hamstring tightness.
Insight: We wouldn't expect to see Escobar in the lineup on Sunday, either. Escobar could find himself on the DL soon if his hamstring doesn't improve quickly.