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Alcides Escobar | Shortstop | #2

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Alcides Escobar went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored Monday against the Red Sox.
In spite of his modest production, Escobar has started all 28 games for the Royals this year, just as he started every game for the team in 2016 and 2017. One would think that streak will end sometime this summer after Aldaberto Mondesi rejoins the team, but it probably won't happen until then. Apr 30 - 10:39 PM

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Alcides Escobar (hand) is in Monday's lineup against the Red Sox.

Escobar suffered a bruised left hand on a hit-by-pitch Sunday, but it turns out that he won't miss any time. The light-hitting shortstop has made 360 consecutive starts for the Royals and that streak will continue on Monday.
Apr 30 - 3:55 PM

Alcides Escobar was forced to leave Sunday's game against the White Sox with a bruised left hand.

The issue does not appear to be serious and shouldn't require a trip to the disabled list. The light-hitting shortstop, who shouldn't be started in all but the very deepest of mixed leagues, is hitting just .204/.279/.323 with one homer, five RBI and a stolen base on the season.
Apr 29 - 7:07 PM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 and scored a run in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

He singled and scored in the fourth inning and also doubled in the ballgame. It was a rare good game for Escobar, who was one of the worst hitters in the majors for the last three years in a row and 2018 is likely to be the fourth. He has a .197 batting average with one homer and three RBI in 19 games. The 31-year-old is not the type of player a rebuilding team should be putting in the lineup every day.
Apr 21 - 4:41 PM

Alcides Escobar belted a rare home run in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Escobar's solo blast in the eighth inning knotted things back up after the Royals coughed up the lead, but the Jays wound up winning in extras. The longball was Escobar's first of the season and just his 38th in 1,311 games at the major league level.
Apr 17 - 10:23 PM

Alcides Escobar tripled and doubled for the Royals' only two extra-base hits Monday against the Tigers.

Escobar went 0-for-7 in the Royals' first two games before picking up his hits off Francisco Liriano today. No longer much of a stolen base threat, he's one of the game's worst regulars for fantasy purposes.
Apr 2 - 4:22 PM

Alcides Escobar clubbed his first home run of the Cactus League season as the Royals blasted the Giants on Tuesday evening.

Escobar tagged Giants' right-hander Sam Dyson for the solo shot in the fifth inning. He finished the night 1-for-2 plus a walk, raising his average to an even .200 on the spring. The light-hitting shortstop is nothing more than a fringe middle infield option in AL-only leagues.
Mar 21 - 12:28 AM

Alcides Escobar generated two hits Wednesday in the Royals’ Cactus League win over the Reds.

Escobar struck out swinging in his first trip to the plate before contributing a single in the third and another in the fifth. He’s off to a good start with three hits in his first eight Cactus League at-bats, but it’s going to take much more than that for fantasy owners to forget the nightmare season Escobar endured in 2017 when he posted the league’s third-lowest OPS (.629) among qualified hitters.
Feb 28 - 8:25 PM

Royals re-signed SS Alcides Escobar to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The deal was agreed upon last week and then finalized Monday after Escobar passed the necessary physical. He has posted a rough .256/.286/.343 batting line over the last three seasons combined, but Escobar still plays good defense at age 31 and he will likely open the 2018 season as the Royals' primary shortstop. Raul Mondesi could play various spots around the infield or head back to Triple-A Omaha for a little more development time.
Jan 29 - 2:57 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals and Alcides Escobar have come to terms on a contract.

Murray's colleague, Jon Heyman, was first to report that the two sides were close, and ESPN's Buster Olney says the deal is worth $2.5 million. Escobar has batted only .256/.286/.343 over the last three seasons, but general manager Dayton Moore said on 610 AM in Kansas City on Friday that Escobar will be the team's everyday shortstop again. Raul Mondesi had been in line to take over at shortstop, but he'll compete for the second base job or head back to Triple-A.
Jan 26 - 10:32 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals are working toward re-signing Alcides Escobar.

It's unclear what the terms would be. The Royals would still seem likely to roll with Raul Mondesi at shortstop, so Escobar could return as a utility infielder. The 31-year-old has batted an ugly .256/.286/.343 over the last three seasons but still rates as an above-average defender.
Jan 26 - 10:09 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres are "looking at" Alcides Escobar in addition to other free agent shortstops.

Heyman says the Padres are seeking a stopgap option at shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready, which they think will be within the next year or so. Escobar, who turns 31 next month, sports a hideous .256/.286/.343 batting line over the last three seasons, but he still has a solid glove and should come cheaply.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 12:28:00 PM

Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in a thrashing of the Tigers on Wednesday.

He tripled to drive in a run in the second inning. The veteran shortstop had the worst OPS of all hitters in the majors prior to the All Star break but has rebounded somewhat in the second half. For the season as a whole he sits at .243/.265/.333 with four homers, 43 RBI and 61 runs scored in 546 plate appearances.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 11:55:00 PM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Monday versus the Tigers.

It was his fourth homer of the season and his first since July 14. The 30-year-old is at least respectable defensively at shortstop, but he’s been arguably the worst hitter in the majors this year. He owns an anemic .238/.261/.324 batting line through 136 games. This was a good day for him, but it's time for the Royals to go in another direction.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Alcides Escobar went hitless in a third straight game Monday and hasn't scored or driven in a run in eight days.

The Royals should have tried Raul Mondesi Jr. in Escobar's place months ago, but they lacked the guts. Escobar isn't even that good defensively any longer, and he's having the worst offensive seasons of any player in a long time. In fact, he entered tonight with the third worst OPS+ for a batting title qualifier since 2000.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 11:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Lucas Duda
2Hunter Dozier
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Ramon Torres
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Jon Jay
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Justin Grimm
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
8Kevin McCarthy
9Jason Adam