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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 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

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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

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.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 11:06:00 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.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 06:40:00 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.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 06:01:00 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.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 12:00:00 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.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 11:01:00 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.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 12:05:00 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.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 06:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cam Gallagher
4Juan Carlos Negret
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Adalberto Mondesi
3Ramon Torres
4Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
3Cody Asche
LF1Alex Gordon
2Michael Saunders
CF1Jon Jay
2Paulo Orlando
3Bubba Starling
4Billy Burns
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Tyler Collins
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Clay Buchholz
8Burch Smith
9Ricky Nolasco
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Brandon Maurer
3Brian Flynn
4Wily Peralta
5Kevin McCarthy
6Timothy Hill
7Blaine Boyer
8Seth Maness
9Michael Broadway