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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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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. Nov 13 - 12:28 PM

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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.
Sep 6 - 11:55 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.
Sep 4 - 4:50 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.
Aug 28 - 11:14 PM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's loss to the White Sox.

Escobar is now up to 22 doubles on the season. He has largely struggled this year, holding just a .226/.246/.303 triple-slash in 115 games. The steals have not been there, either. Entering the season, he had swiped double-digit bags in seven consecutive seasons. He has just four base thefts to his credit during the current campaign.
Aug 11 - 11:06 PM

Alcides Escobar finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in the Royals' defeat of the Red Sox on Sunday.

Escobar hit an RBI double in the top of the fourth and a two-run single in the top of the eighth as the Royals managed a big comeback victory at Fenway Park. The veteran shortstop is still batting just .234/.257/.320 in 103 games this year.
Jul 30 - 6:40 PM

Alcides Escobar (wrist) is in the Royals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.

Escobar was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Monday night, but he only suffered a minor bruise. He is starting at shortstop and batting seventh versus Detroit left-hander Matt Boyd.
Jul 18 - 6:01 PM

X-rays on Alcides Escobar's left wrist came back negative.

Escobar was lifted from Monday's game after being hit by a pitch, but he's feeling much better. He could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday.
Jul 18 - 12:00 AM

Alcides Escobar was pulled from Monday's game against the Tigers after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch.

Jordan Zimmermann plunked Escobar with an offering in the seventh inning and he was lifted for a pinch-runner. He's undoubtedly headed for X-rays and the Royals should have an update on the shortstop once those results are in.
Jul 17 - 11:01 PM

Alcides Escobar finished 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Sunday's win against the Twins.

Escobar has been swinging a hot twig since the middle of June, going 31-for-83 (.373) with seven doubles, a homer and 10 RBI over the past 21 games to raise his average from .178 to .230. He has recorded multi-hit games in six of his past nine outings.
Jul 3 - 12:05 AM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Twins on Saturday.

He cracked a two-run dinger off starter Jose Berrios in the fourth inning. Escobar has been one of the weakest hitters in the majors this season, although he has picked up the pace a bit of late. He has a .226/.244/.308 slash line with two homers, 23 RBI and 31 runs scored in 319 plate appearances.
Jul 1 - 6:53 PM

Alcides Escobar went 3-for-3 and scored a pair of runs in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.

He tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Whit Merrifield in the third inning and added two singles later in the game. This was a rare strong game at the plate for Escobar in what has been a terrible season to say it bluntly. He is slashing .209/.229/.277 with one homer, 26 runs and 19 RBI in 73 games. His .506 OPS is by far the worst out of all 165 qualified hitters in the majors.
Jun 24 - 5:49 PM

Alcides Escobar finished 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's game at San Francisco.

Escobar is starting to show some signs of snapping out of his season-long funk, posting three multi-hit efforts over his past six outings to raise his average from .177 to .184 since June 6. He is trending in the right direction, but still well below the Mendoza line while slashing .184/.209/.242.
Jun 14 - 3:16 AM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Padres.

Escobar only runs into a few a year, and he hit his first of the 2017 season in the fifth inning. Just racking up a couple hits in a game has been difficult for the 30-year-old this year, as he's hitting just .183/.208/.238 in 61 games.
Jun 11 - 12:18 AM

Alcidies Escobar went 0-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Nothing doing for the Royals on offense in this one, as they fell by a score of 8-0 and did not pick up an extra-base hit in the contest. For his part, Escobar has struggled to a .179/.204/.226 triple-slash in 55 games this season. Not only is he scuffling with the bat, he has yet to pick up a stolen base -- this after swiping double-digit bags in each of the previous seven seasons.
Jun 4 - 7:15 PM

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