8. 3B Eduardo Escobar
Eduardo Escobar has been the utility player for the Twins since coming to the team in 2012, but he arguably played the biggest role on the team last season. After All-Star Miguel Sano went down with an injury, Escobar was tasked with taking over for the big man and honestly, he may have performed just as well.
Once he took over as the starter in late August, Escobar hit 10 of his 21 total home runs, including a team-high nine in September. Additionally, he drove in 31 RBIs during that time and received the start at third base in the Wild Card game. At season’s end, Escobar had a career year with a .254 average, 21 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Now, there’s a good chance Escobar starts the year on the bench once again. But, after such a strong season, he deserves consideration for a starting role. In fact, even if Sano is ready to play third base, it shouldn’t be out of the question that Escobar takes over at designated hitter. In all likelihood, I don’t see the Twins finding a bat better than Escobar on the market. At least, one they are willing to pay for.
Ultimately, Escobar may be the least likely to make the actual starting lineup, but there’s no reason he shouldn’t be. Regardless, he’s sure to play a key role in 2018.