Alcides Escobar
SS KC
1 month ago

Escobar hit a three-run homer, his fourth, in a 1-for-4 game in Monday's win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

After homering twice in his first 126 games, Escobar now has gone yard twice in his past five games, a stretch in which he has also doubled thrice and knocked in seven runs. This isn't Escobar's game, of course. With four home runs, he topped his marks from 2014 and 2015 and is now just one off from his career high set back in 2011.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
1 month ago

Escobar went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and scored twice in Thursday's game against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar's fourth-inning shot was his third of the year, matching his total from each of the past two seasons. The shortstop's numbers won't pop open any eyes, but he has made some minor improvements since the All-Star break. Escobar is striking out less and walking more than he did in the first half of 2016, leading to a higher OBP since mid-July.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
2 months ago

Escobar is batting eighth in Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

For the second day in a row, Escobar is out of the leadoff spot and batting towards the end of the order. Escobar's struggles at the plate have intensified, as he's posted a bleak .220/.250/.253 line since the All-Star break.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
2 months ago

Escobar went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs Sunday against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar left the yard for the second time this season to give the Royals a three-run lead in the fifth inning of a game they held on to win. This was his first multi-hit effort since July 18, and he's now slashing .253/.279/.310. After putting together solid seasons in 2014 and 2015, his slash line numbers have declined across the board in 2016.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
3 months ago

Escobar went 0-for-2 in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Sunday's performance left Escobar hitting a subpar .261/.286/.323 heading into the All-Star break. However, he'd shown improvement at the plate in recent outings, having posted a .300/.333/.400 line with four extra-base hits over the last 14 days.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
4 months ago

Escobar went 0-for-4 with a strikeout during Monday's loss to the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar's season is once again proof that high contact rates don't always translate to high batting averages. Although he makes contact in 84 percent of his at-bats and strikes out a mere 15 percent of the time, his batting average continues to fall and is now at .253. However, when he manages to get on base, Escobar is one of the most productive players on the roster, as he's second in stolen bases with 10 and has scored 21 runs.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
5 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

Escobar had been struggling mightily, with just one multi-hit game in his last 10 contests. His batting line is just .259/.288/.321 but he is at least making the most of the limited times he has been on base -- he already has seven stolen bases, putting him on pace for 43 this season.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
5 months ago

Escobar went 2-for-3 with a double, a steal, an RBI and a run against the Tigers on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

We're pretty much seeing the usual out of Escobar this year, as he's now swiped four bags while hitting .254. The 29-year-old shortstop continues to hit out of the leadoff spot for the Royals, but has only scored three runs, and his poor OBP has been a major contributor to the team's inconsistencies on offense. If current No. 9 batter Jarrod Dyson keeps hitting, he and Escobar could end up flipping spots in the order.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
5 months ago

Escobar was 2-for-5 with an RBI, run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the A's.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran lead-off man recorded his second straight multi-hit game, and has hit safely in five of his last six contests. Escobar was able to tally his first RBI of the season on a two-out single in the ninth off reliever Ryan Madson. The 29-year-old has started slowly in 2016, but is 4-for-9 with a walk, an RBI, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases over his last two games.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
5 months ago

Escobar went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's win over Houston.

EDGE Analysis

A career .262 hitter, Escobar has gotten off to a rocky start at the dish this season, going 9-for-42 (.214) with no walks and one run in his first nine games. His past success and speed on the base paths suggest that manager Ned Yost will give him some leeway as the Royals' leadoff hitter until he breaks out of his slump, but a table-setter getting on base just 21.4% of the time is certainly sub-optimal. Escobar's defense is irreplaceable at shortstop for the Royals, but his slow start and relatively low ceiling at the dish makes him expendable in shallower fantasy leagues.