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Alcides Escobar | Shortstop | #2

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / MLW
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Alcides Escobar was hitless in three at-bats with a pair of strikeouts Saturday, dropping his average to .189.
Escobar has recorded just four singles while striking out seven times in 23 at-bats over his past seven outings. His batting average has been a deterrent for fantasy owners over the years, but some took a chance on him hoping for an improvement since he is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season. So far he is not making a case for a big pay day. Apr 16 - 1:10 AM

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Alcides Escobar collected a single and a double over four at-bats with a run scored in Friday's series opening win against the Astros.

Escobar has back-to-back games with a double after failing to record an extra-base hit in each of his first two outings of the new campaign. He is coming off a season with career best in homers (7) and RBI (55), but he also hit just .261. Escobar is best used in AL-only fantasy play and the deepest of rotisserie formats unless he improves his batting average dramatically.
Apr 7 - 11:38 PM

Alcides Escobar left the yard for his first homer of the spring Wednesday in the Royals' Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

Escobar pummeled a solo homer to left-center field off Eddie Butler in his first at-bat of the afternoon. He lined out and flied out in his other two plate appearances. Escobar is 3-for-9 this spring with two RBI. The 30-year-old set career-highs in RBI (55) and home runs (seven) last season but did it while hitting an underwhelming .261. Aside from stolen bases (17 last season), he's not much of a fantasy asset.
Mar 1 - 7:04 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost on Saturday mentioned Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar as candidates to bat leadoff this season.

"Gordy’s done well there before," Yost said. "We’ll see. I don’t know. We have to look at it. Esky has done OK there before." Neither are ideal options given that Gordon batted just .220/.312/.380 in 2016 and Escobar has a career .297 on-base percentage. Whit Merrifield would also seem to be a candidate for the leadoff spot, but he's got to win the second base job first. The Royals could wind up mixing and matching in the leadoff spot this season.
Feb 19 - 10:39 AM

Royals exercised their $6.5 million option on SS Alcides Escobar.

Escobar batted .261/.292/.350 with 17 stolen bases in 162 games this season for Kansas City. His fantasy stock will continue to tumble as he ages and loses his wheels, but the 29-year-old shortstop remains an important part of the Royals' major league roster for now.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Alcides Escobar hit a two-run home run in a loss to the Indians on Thursday.

Not known for his brawn, the speedy shortstop now has a career-high seven homers this year. He's also got a shot at a personal best in runs batted in, but a move from the leadoff spot has the rest of his numbers down. Escobar is hitting .266/.299/.360 through 153 games to date.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:39:00 PM

Alcides Escobar was ejected from Monday's game against the White Sox for arguing balls and strikes.

And manager Ned Yost went out with him. Escobar slugged his sixth home run of the season in the second inning before the ejection in the bottom of the fifth. Those six home runs are a new career-high for the 29-year-old shortstop.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 03:58:00 PM

Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer Monday in the win over the Yankees.

Escobar has doubled his homer total in the last five days, going from two to four. His current .637 OPS is his highest mark since the first week of the season.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 12:13:00 AM

Alcides Escobar finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Royals' 5-2 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

Escobar flashed some rarely seen pop in the fourth inning, turning on a Tom Koehler pitch for his third homer of the year. That should be about it for the 29-year-old, who has hit between three and five home runs in each of his last seven seasons. He's also enjoyed a good month of August so far, batting .298 with two of his three homers, 11 RBI and 12 runs scored. Escobar is hitting .263/.292/.331 with 14 steals and 46 runs scored overall.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.

The Royals couldn't get anything going versus Jose Fernandez. Escobar was the only Royal with more than one hit. He is now batting .261 with 2 homers and 35 RBI. His 14 stolen bases are the only thing keeping him on the fringes of fantasy usefulness.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 10:02:00 PM

Alcides Escobar delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 12th to help the Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday.

With Whit Merrifield getting the night off (at least to start), Escobar made his first start in the leadoff spot in three weeks. This will probably keep him there through 2018. Not only did he have the 12th-inning double, but his sac fly opened the scoring in the top of the eighth and he also had a single earlier in the contest. The double pushed his OPS back up to .600 for the first time since June 1.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 01:22:00 AM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season on Friday night.

Escobar has been a lost cause at the plate this year, batting .252/.276/.311 with 25 runs and 19 RBI. His one strength is his 10 stolen bases. He has averaged four home runs per year in his career, so tonight's bomb was a rarity.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 01:19:00 AM

Alcides Escobar went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

The Royals managed just three hits on the afternoon, with Escobar's double standing as their only extra-base knock. As might be expected, they did not score a run in the game. For his part, Escobar is slashing .257/.285/.307 with eight doubles, 10 steals and 21 runs scored across 241 at-bats. His fantasy upside is limited by his lack of power, but his speed makes him a sometime-usable bench piece in very deep AL-only formats.
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 06:55:00 PM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's win versus the Braves.

With hits in 12 of his last 15 games, one would assume that Escobar's slash line would look much better than .255/.291/.302, but few of those games have been multi-hit affairs and he continues to hit for no power. He was productive on Friday, though, leading off with an opposite-field single and later coming around to score. And as long as manager Ned Yost continues to place him in the lead-off role, he'll retain some fantasy utility. That's a fine line to be walking, though.
Fri, May 13, 2016 11:50:00 PM

Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

Escobar swatted four singles on the evening, including a big one with two outs in the ninth inning to extend the game for Lorenzo Cain, who promptly ended it with an RBI single of his own. The stolen base was Escobar's seventh of the season, third-most in the American League. Royals manager Ned Yost is a subscriber to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" theory, leaving Escobar atop a lineup that won the 2015 World Series despite Escobar's .259/.288/.321 line through 26 games.
Wed, May 4, 2016 01:13:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Brian Flynn