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Eduardo Escobar, Mets
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Eduardo Escobar is an extra-base hit machine in the middle of the Mets' lineup.

Simply put, Eduardo Escobar rakes.

Escobar has slugged at least .470, hit at least 21 homers, 26 doubles, and driven in at least 84 runs every year since 2018 except for the COVID-shortened 2020 season. He is coming off of a good 2021, where he slashed .253/.314/.472/.786 and hit 28 homers, 26 doubles, and drove in 90 runs. He had an OPS+ of 109, wRC+ of 107, and WAR of 3.0.

The switch hitter is really good at pulling the ball in the air. He hit 47.9% of his batted balls to the pull side, and 47.1% of his batted balls were in the air, thanks to an average launch angle of 20.8 degrees. One way he could improve these numbers further is by decreasing his ground ball rate, which was high at 31.5% last season. 

Escobar will probably get most of his playing time at third base, and his power bat definitely plays there. The Mets haven’t had a third baseman with this much pop since David Wright.

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