Every so often, a sleeper candidate from the season prior will exceed expectations and record a breakout. Eduardo Escobar proved to be one such player in 2017. He played in 151 games with 75 runs, 23 home runs, 84 RBI, two stolen bases and a .272/.334/.489 slash line splitting time with two teams. Escobar also registered a career best .217 isolated power and 8.2 walk percentage. Morphing into a fly ball hitter, Escobar made the most of his hard hit spike to 38.2 percent in spite of his contact percentage below 80 and a 39.2 O-Swing percentage (swings and misses at pitches outside the strike zone).

In the second half, Escobar did improve his walk rate to 9.8 percent versus a 15.7 strikeout percentage but his isolated power dipped to .188 as a result. Escobar did register almost comparable home run per fly ball percentages and hard hit rates in each half, but it remains to be seen if regression to the mean lies in the offing for him.

Over the last two years, Escobar’s played...