Alcides Escobar
SS KC
2 weeks ago

Escobar went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run during Wednesday's win over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

This was a rare strong outing, as Escobar sports a lackluster .183/.206/.228 slash line for the season. Additionally, the 30-year-old veteran has stolen just a single base, so his fantasy value is currently at an all-time low. Manager Ned Yost remains committed to him, so despite Escobar's meager offensive numbers, the shortstop's playing time doesn't appear to be in jeopardy.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
3 weeks ago

Escobar will start at shortstop and bat eighth Monday against the Astros, Julia Morales of Root Sports Southwest reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar went hitless in nine at-bats over the last two games, but his move from the leadoff spot to the bottom third of the order is less of a demotion than it is a reward for Whit Merrifield, who will assume table-setting duties after extending his hitting streak to 19 games Sunday. So long as Merrifield is able to stay hot at the dish, Escobar may be forced to settle for a less favorable spot in the lineup.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
3 weeks ago

Escobar went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Wednesday's loss to Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

A leadoff hitter batting .186 with an OBP of .212 is about as bad as it gets, but manager Ned Yost continues to deploy Escobar in the lineup's top spot. The shortstop showed some signs of life in the recent series against Detroit, going 5-for-13 over with a pair of RBI over the three-game set. Still, it would take a lot more than a decent series to give owners a reason to consider starting Escobar across the large majority of fantasy formats.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
4 weeks ago

Escobar went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in Monday's 10-7 loss to the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

The light-hitting leadoff man drove home his third run in the last two games and now has 11 RBI in May despite slashing just .185/.211/.241 during the month. Escobar has hit safely in six of his last eight games, a stretch that's included a pair of doubles and four RBI overall.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
4 weeks ago

Escobar went 1-for-5 with a two-run double and a run in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar's lone hit of the day proved to be a big one, as his two-run double in the sixth inning off Danny Salazar broke a 2-2 tie. He got the Royals on the board in the first inning after reaching on an error by Jason Kipnis, scoring on a Salvador Perez sac fly. Despite collecting hits in four of his last six games, Escobar's average still sits well below the Mendoza Line, and his .205 OBP has contributed to him failing to steal a single base this season. He's averaged nearly 25 stolen bases in his previous six seasons with the Royals.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
1 month ago

The Royals have won four straight, matching a season high, and six of seven since moving Escobar to the leadoff spot.

EDGE Analysis

Although the shortstop is only hitting .226 from the lineup's top spot, the anemic Royals' offense seems to have found the remedy to its early-season struggles. Most would have to assume manager Ned Yost won't mess with what's working in the short term, but Escobar's .226 OBP certainly won't cut it for too long. However, his value receives a slight uptick in the interim considering he's guaranteed to log increased at-bats.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
2 months ago

Escobar will start at shortstop and serve as the Royals' leadoff hitter Monday against the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

A day after the anemic Royals offense was one-hit by the Indians, manager Ned Yost has elected to shake up the lineup. Escobar, who had batted ninth the previous three games, will displace Whit Merrifield as the leadoff hitter, but he's shown little evidence this season that he's capable of sparking the team's attack. Escobar is slashing .183/.220/.250 across 110 plate appearances, all of which are career-worst marks.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
2 months ago

Escobar, who entered Wednesday hitting just .193 through 88 at-bats this season, is off to the worst start in his eight-year career.

EDGE Analysis

For the last few years, Escobar isn't doing what made his offense relatively viable earlier in his career. Now 30 years old, his strikeout rate in 2017 sits at 20.4 percent, up from a career rate of 13.4 percent. According to FanGraphs, among all shortstops with at least 1000 plate appearances since 2015, Escobar is dead last for total offensive production in wRC+ and OPS. That said, the veteran is unlikely to lose playing time considering the Royals picked up his option during the offseason, but his fantasy value is limited to deep AL-only formats.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
2 months ago

Escobar went 3-for-4 with the game-winning walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

The game-winner came off Angels closer Cam Bedrosian. Escobar is hitting only .244 after his three-hit performance, and it was just his third multi-hit game of the season. Of his 10 hits in 2017, only two have gone for extra-base hits (both doubles). Now that Escobar is no longer hitting leadoff for KC and his stolen base attempts are likely to suffer, his fantasy value is on life support. He has just two runs scored and no steals so far in 12 games.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
3 months ago

Escobar went 1-for-4 with a double, his first hit of the season, in Thursday's 5-3 loss to Minnesota.

EDGE Analysis

Despite reaching base for the first time in 2017, Escobar left a plethora of opportunities on the table. The shortstop came to the plate without many opportunities to be had in the team's first two games, but Escobar stranded five runners remains in Thursday's tilt. He remains without an RBI or run scored through his first 10 plate appearances this season.