Eduardo Jose Escobar...wife Eucaris (Alvarez)...four sons, Eduardo Jr., Raul, Jose Emmanuel and Diego, and one daughter Isadora...acquired by Twins in a trade July 28, 2012 in exchange for pitcher Francisco Liriano...listens to American music to help improve his English...named winner of Gold Glove at shortstop in Venezuelan Winter League in 2014 while playing for Tigres de Aragua...participated in 2016 Twins Winter Caravan...purchases game tickets for and visits with local, Spanish-speaking students...visits local schools to share his story of perseverance and hard work with Spanish-speaking students...given 2016 Carl R. Pohlad for Outstanding Community Service...participated in 2016 and '17 Twins Winter Caravan.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for fourth consecutive season and fifth of major league career (Chicago-AL - 2012)...Placed on 15-day disabled list May 7 with a left groin strain; reinstated May 23...Hit safely in season-high seven straight games June 17-24, hitting .440 (11-for-25) with one double, two triples, two home runs and nine RBI during the streak...Homered in back-to-back games for the second time in career June 17 and 18 vs. New York-AL...Hit .306 (11-for-36) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI in 11 July games...Made first career pitching appearance August 11 vs. Houston (Game 1), pitching 1.0 scoreless inning with one hit allowed...12th time in club history for position player to pitch and ninth different player...Hit .249 (60-for-241) as left-handed hitter and .207 (23-for-111) as right-handed hitter...Played 71 games at shortstop (66 starts), 23 at third base (20 starts), six at second base (2 starts) and two in leftfield (no starts)...Given 2016 Carl R. Pohlad for Outstanding Community Service.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for third consecutive season and fourth of his major league career (White Sox - 2012)....Set season-high with five RBI May 6 vs. Oakland....Went 4-for-4 with two doubles May 16 vs. Tampa Bay...according to Elias, it marked the second time in his career to go 4-for-4 or better in a game as a shortstop with the other such game coming on April 30, 2014 vs. Los Angeles-NL...no other player in baseball had more than one game of 4-for-4 or better as a shortstop from 2014-15....Recorded third career walk-off hit and second of career as a Twin August 11 vs. Texas off Spencer Patton, hitting an RBI-double with two outs in the ninth inning in a Twins 3-2 win....Recorded first career two-homer game August 26 at Tampa Bay, both as a left-handed batter....Scored a run in 12 straight games August 20-September 3, tied for third longest streak in Twins history with Rich Rollins (1964), trailing only Kirby Puckett's 14 (1986) and Orlando Cabrera's 13 (2009)...the streak was tied with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for longest in baseball in 2015....Hit 30th double September 22 vs. Cleveland, giving him consecutive 30-plus double seasons.... Ranked fourth in batting average (.286) among AL shortstops from July 31 until end of season; also ranked first in doubles (18), second in slugging percentage (.524), tied for third in home runs (8) and tied for fourth in runs (31)....Became everyday shortstop at end of August and hit .287 (39-for-136) with 12 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 23 RBI and 23 runs scored in final 38 games of season....Hit .277 (36-for-130) with seven home runs as right-handed batter and .254 (71-for-279) with five home runs as left-handed batter....Set single-season career-highs in home runs (12), triples (4), RBI (58) and walks (28)....Played 71 games at shortstop (all starts), 35 in leftfield (27 starts), 11 games at second (4 starts), five at third (all starts) and one in rightfield.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second consecutive season and third of his career (ChicagoAL in 2012)...Set single-game career-high with four hits April 30 vs. Los Angeles-NL...Started first career game in left field May 7 at Cleveland, playing 8.2 innings and making three putouts...Started first career game in centerfield May 8 at Cleveland, playing 8.0 innings, making two putouts and recording two outfield assists...Became second "primary infielder" in club history to record two outfield assists in a single game, the other being Jeff Reboulet May 20, 1996 vs. Milwaukee...Became Twins primary shortstop in early May when Twins optioned Pedro Florimon...started 19 straight games at shortstop May 23-June 10...Hit go-ahead solo home run to break 0-0 tie in top of 10th inning May 5 at Cleveland off John Axford; became second Twins player in the last 15 years to break a scoreless tie in extra innings with a homer, the previous being Jim Thome September 11, 2010 at Cleveland...Hit safely in career-high eight straight games May 10-18, hitting .419 (13-for-31) with six doubles during the streak...Hit .322 (29-for-90) in 27 May games with 13 doubles - tied with Ian Kinsler (May) and Denard Span (June) for most doubles in any month among all major leaguers...Hit .314 (53-for-169) with 21 doubles, 19 runs scored, 12 walks and a .357 on-base percentage in his first 55 games (through June 15)...Recorded career-high five hits August 22 vs. Detroit, falling a double short of the cycle...According to Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first player to collect five hits, including a home run, in a game from either the eighth or ninth slot in the lineup since Detroit's Carlos Pena had six hits, including a pair of homers, at Kansas City in 2004...Became second Twin on the season to get hits off five different pitchers in the same game - Danny Santana did it against the Chicago-AL on August 3...Recorded career-high six RBI September 27 at Detroit...Hit .328 (43-for-131) with 17 extra-base hits (4 home runs) from the right side and .252 (76-for-302) with 26 extra-base hits (2 home runs) from the left side...The .328 average from the right side ranked third best in baseball among all switch hitters...Ranked second on the Twins in doubles (35) and tied for 10th in the AL...Played 98 games at shortstop (86 starts), 25 games at third base (23 starts), nine at second base (6 starts), two in leftfield (1 start) and one in centerfield (1 start)...Given the Charles O. Johnson Award for Twins Most Improved Player as voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
Made Twins Opening Day roster, marking his second time on a major league Opening Day roster (Chicago-AL in 2012)... Hit walk-off two-run double April 3 vs. Detroit, giving the Twins the 3-2 victory and his second career walk-off hit... Hit first career home run April 9 at Kansas City, a solo shot off Jeremy Guthrie... Optioned to Triple-A Rochester July 14... Recorded back-to-back four-hit games August 11 and 12 at Norwich... Finished the Triple-A season with a season-high nine-game hitting streak August 25-September 2... Named International League Player of the Week September 3 after leading the IL with 12 hits, three home runs, nine RBI, seven runs scored, and a .867 slugging percentage in the season's final eight games...on the final day, went 4-for-5 with three doubles, one home run with five RBI September 2 vs. Scranton-Wilkes/Barre... Hit .307 (51-for-166) with 16 doubles in 43 games on the season for Triple-A Rochester... Recalled by Minnesota September 9 and hit .324 (11-for-34) in 11 games to finish the season.