MINNEAPOLIS -- Eduardo Escobar was understandably disappointed when the Minnesota Twins optioned him to Triple-A Rochester in mid-July. But the reality was that there just weren't enough at-bats for Escobar in the majors.
So instead of sulk, Escobar performed. In 43 regular-season games, the utility infielder helped spark Rochester to a playoff berth by batting .307 with four homers and 27 RBI. Those numbers were good enough to earn Escobar a trip back to the majors as one of the seven September call-ups who joined the Twins on Monday.
"Obviously any time you get sent down it's a little bit sad," the 24-year-old Escobar said before Monday's game as teammate Chris Colabello translated. "For sure I looked at it as an opportunity. God has a plan for everybody. Thankfully I was able to go down there and they gave me an opportunity to play every day and show that I could swing the bat well. I felt like I did that."
Chris Parmelee took that same approach...