Alcides Escobar
SS KC
3 weeks 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
2 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
4 months ago

Escobar will lead off for the Royals in their season opener against the Mets on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

It's not surprising, considering that Escobar was handling the tablesetting role at the end of last season. After posting a .293 OBP in 2015, Escobar is hardly guaranteed to remain atop the lineup card of manager Ned Yost this season, but he'll get an opportunity to begin the year in that role nonetheless.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
10 months ago

Escobar is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old is sitting, along with most of the team's other regulars, after the team secured its first division title since 1985 with a win Thursday. Escobar missed two starts last weekend with an elbow injury, but has collected five hits in three games since returning to action, more than he had in his previous eight games combined.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
10 months ago

Escobar (elbow) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

X-rays were negative after Escobar was hit by a pitch and forced to leave Friday's game, and it seems the swelling has now diminished enough to where he can resume his duties as the Royals' starting shortstop. Escobar is hitting just .183/.194/.217 in September, his second straight month with a sub-.500 OPS.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
10 months ago

Escobar (elbow) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar's elbow still must be hurting from his hit-by-pitch on Friday, but it's only a bruise so his return should come someday soon. Christian Colon will once again fill in at shortstop.