The Diamondbacks didn’t land Manny Machado, but they did get a pretty great secondary option.
Sources: The Twins are getting RHP Jhoan Duran, OF Ernie De La Trinidad and OF Gabriel Maciel from the Diamondbacks for Eduardo Escobar. All three are at Class A Kane County.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2018
Escobar has been in the majors for 8 years now, and has finally made a name for himself at age 29. He’s batting .277/.341/.516, all of which are career bests, and owns 15 HR along with 63 RBI. With runners in scoring position, Escobar is batting an MLB 3rd best .390.
The DBacks own the 4th worst team BA at .234. Infielders Ketel Marte, Nick Ahmed, and Jake Lamb all own batting averages below .250, as low as .222., and none brag OPS’s any greater than .745. Escobar will add a much needed bat to the DBacks lineup, and along with Goldy, Peralta, Descalso, and Pollock, will make for a scary front half of the order.
In return, Gabriel Maciel (16) and Jhoan Duran (22) both fall in Minnesota’s top 30 prospects. Maciel has the potential to be just the 4th Brazilian MLB player in history, and he shows a lot of potential with his ability to bat for average, get on base, and great speed.
Duran was a huge signing for Arizona back in 2014, and unfortunately has not met the hype with a 4.35 career minor league ERA, along with a 1.401 WHIP.
That leaves just Trinidad, who is arguably the one to get most excited for. The lefty outfielder has played just 142 career minor league games at low levels, but owns a career .306/.396/.467 slashline which could promote him very quickly.