When Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia unveiled his plan to bat 33-year old righty swinging 3B Yunel Escobar leadoff in 2016, I was a little skeptical. Escobar played in 139 games for the Nationals last year and he was 168 of 535 (.314 avg, .790 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 9 homers, 56 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has scored 75 or more runs only 3 times in his first 9 years in the show. But in digging deeper stat wise during Escobar’s career, he has been a good leadoff hitter. When batting leadoff in game, which he has done 246 (242 starts) times so far in his career, he is 288 of 993 (.290 avg, .767 OPS) with 142 runs scored, 22 homers, 90 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. In those 242 starts, Escobar is 79 for 222 (.356 avg, .923 OPS) with 7 homers in his first at bat of the game! When leading off an inning in his career, he is 326 of 1,121 (.291 avg, .744 OPS) with 22 homers! It looks like leading off Escobar might just pay off in spades for the Los Angeles Angels.