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Escobar entered this season with a lowly .252/.294/.339 batting line over his first 350 games in the big leagues, but he's hitting .303 (20-for-66) over his first 18 games. Just another case of small sample size gone wild? Perhaps. But he's hitting line drives at a career-high rate and .339 his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) isn't outrageous for a player with his speed. The 25-year-old doesn't hit for much power and his plate discipline is still a mess, but he could be pretty valuable out of a MI (middle infielder) spot if he can maintain a decent batting average and swipe 30 bags.

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