May 16, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) follows through during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
10. Yunel Escobar –Washington Nationals
The Jays’ former embattled shortstop is enjoying his first season with the Washington Nationals. Technically, Escobar is on pace for one of his best seasons since 2011. His .313 batting average ranks hims tenth in the National League and he boasts a .371 on-base average, but let’s take a closer look.
Escobar has 56 hits on the season. 47 of those are singles (third in the NL). That means he has only nine extra-base hits, which equates to 4.6 per cent of his plate appearances, his lowest rate since 2010. His career average is 5.9 per cent.
Also, his home run per cent is down, his strikeout rate is up and his walk per cent is down. Escobar has posted a WAR (wins above replacement) of 0.3 so far this year. Aside from last season (-0.3), that would be the worst total of his career.
So while his numbers look good right now, the actual value Escobar is bringing to the Nationals is pretty low.