Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Alcides Escobar stole two bases in the Royals' defeat of the Angels on Saturday night.

Escobar owns a weak .271/.317/.376 batting line in 48 games this season, but he has 14 steals and is currently on pace for 47. The speedy shortstop stole 22 bases in 2013 and a career-high 35 in 2012.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Getting another start in the second spot in the order, Alcides Escobar went 0-for-5 in Friday's loss to the Angels.

Escobar has started seven games in the two hole over the last couple of weeks, going 6-for-30 with no walks, one extra-base hit and no RBI. He's scored five runs in those games anyway, so perhaps it hasn't been a total loss. But he's a dreadful choice to hit second, as Ned Yost should have learned several times over by now.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Escobar had an RBI single in the second inning and also had an RBI groundout in the eighth inning. With Sunday's grand slam, Escobar has driven in seven runs in his last three games after driving in 10 in his first 35 games of the season. The shortstop is hitting .282/.336/.405 on the year.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 2 Months

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in the Royals' 9-7 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

With the bases loaded in the second inning, Escobar connected on a Roenis Elias pitch for his second home run of the season. The shortstop suffered through a miserable 2013 season at the plate, but he's batting .276/.331/.394 in a rebound campaign.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 3 Months

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

The two-run shot came off Twins starter Phil Hughes. Escobar also doubled and scored in the game, and he's got his average up to .298 with a slew of multi-hit games recently. Sunday was his fifth multi-hit effort in his last eight starts.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 3 Months

Alcides Escobar went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in Friday's win over the Twins.

Escobar was hitting .167 as recently as last Friday, but he has delivered 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats to pull his average up to .294. If he can have a little better luck in the BABIP (batting average on balls in play) department this year, it's fair to expect a rebound season. However, with his lack of patience and power, his upside is limited. His value is tied to his speed.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 4 Months

Alcides Escobar had a hit in his third straight game Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base against the Rays.

After going hitless in the team's first four games, Escobar has started to show a pulse at the plate in recent days. He came through with a big three-RBI double in Monday's game, and Tuesday he swatted two singles for his first multi-hit game of the year. The speedster also stole his first base of the year after stealing 57 over his first two seasons.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 4 Months

Alcides Escobar went 3-for-3 with three RBI against the Rangers on Saturday.

Escobar doubled twice off Rangers starter Tommy Hanson, also scoring two runs in the game. The shortstop now has five hits in his first 12 spring at-bats. Shoulder soreness sidelined him earlier in camp, but a healthy Escobar should start at shortstop for the Royals on Opening Day.

Alcides Escobar SS KC 4 Months

Alcides Escobar (shoulder) played in a minor league game on Thursday.

Escobar has been nursing right shoulder soreness for over a week but was given a cortisone shot and is feeling better. He's tentatively expected to return to Cactus League action on Friday. "If he's feeling good, he'll be in there," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Unless he comes in sore, then we'll make an adjustment."

Alcides Escobar SS KC 4 Months

Alcides Escobar (shoulder) will not return to Cactus League action until Friday.

Escobar was scratched from the lineup last Tuesday due to right shoulder soreness and was given a cortisone shot. He was originally expected to return to Cactus League games this Wednesday, but the Royals will play it safe and have him play two minor league games first.