Alcides Escobar
SS KC
3 weeks ago

Escobar is hitting second and starting at shortstop Wednesday against the Angels, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jon Jay, who was the Royals' primary leadoff hitter, was traded to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, prompting manager Ned Yost to move Escobar to second in the order while pushing Whit Merrifield to the leadoff role. Escobar could see a slight uptick in runs if he sticks near the top of the order.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
4 weeks ago

Escobar went 2-for-6 with a home run in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar's home run -- his second of the year -- came in the bottom of the 14th inning off reliever Taylor Rogers, marking the first walk-off homer of his career. Escobar is slashing .231/.285/.318 on the year with 12 extra-base hits, 14 RBI and 25 runs scored. The 31-year-old's primary value comes in the form of runs, but the low on-base percentage makes that hard to trust, and he isn't proving to be the stolen-base threat he once was.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
1 month ago

Escobar went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar came through with a two-out RBI double to give Kansas City their first lead of the game, and they'd hold on the rest of the way for the win. The three-hit day was his second of the season, but the 31-year-old otherwise hasn't been much of a force at the plate this season. In 48 games, he has a slash line of just .240/.293/.323 to go along with just one home run and two steals.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
2 months ago

Escobar (hand) is starting Monday against the Rays, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar was hit in the hand Sunday against the White Sox but will not have to miss a game. He'll bring his consecutive starts streak to 361 games despite possessing a bat which hasn't posted a wRC+ north of 70 since 2014. He's offered fantasy owners very little so far this season, hitting .204 with just one steal and one home run in 27 games.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
2 months ago

Escobar left Sunday's game against the White Sox with a bruised left hand, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals are currently considering Escobar day-to-day with the injury. If he has to miss time, look for Ryan Goins to be deployed at shortstop. Prior to leaving Sunday's game, Escobar had gone 1-for-2 and scored a run.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
3 months ago

Escobar went 2-for-3 with a triple, a double and a run scored in Monday's loss to Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

Heading into Monday's game, Escobar had failed to record a hit in Kansas City's first two games. While he did have an impressive outing, his fantasy value is low after 2017's disappointing season. Escobar offers little in terms of power and stole just four bases last season after swiping at least 17 bags in each of the previous six campaigns.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
5 months ago

Escobar, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Royals on Friday, will open the year as the team's starting shortstop, 610 Sports Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was a very odd transaction for a rebuilding club, and the decision to block the team's best young position player (Raul Mondesi) is even more perplexing. Escobar is an excellent defensive shortstop, but his 62 wRC+ was tied for second worst among qualified position players in 2017. He didn't even help fantasy owners on the bases last season, stealing just four bags after reaching double digits in that category in the previous seven seasons. Mondesi will reportedly compete at second base in spring training, but unless the Royals trade Whit Merrifield or move him to third base, it seems likely that Mondesi would return to Triple-A at the start of his age-22 season. Assuming Escobar is as bad as he was the past two seasons, Mondesi could displace him at shortstop early in the season.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
5 months ago

Escobar has a agreed to return to the Royals on an unspecified deal, Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar has been worth 0.5 fWAR in each of the past two seasons, providing excellent defense while being one of the worst hitters in baseball. It sounds like this is a guaranteed big-league deal, but look for Escobar to be used as a bench infielder, with Raul Mondesi ready to take over as the everyday shortstop in 2018.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
9 months ago

Escobar went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

The 10th-year shortstop remains on pace to play in all 162 games this season, which would give him three such campaigns in four years. For the most part, volume is what keeps Escobar on the fantasy radar in mixed leagues, but his recent play is worth noting. Through 42 at-bats this month, he's hitting a ridiculous .428 with eight extra-base hits (six doubles, one triple and a homer), six RBI, nine runs and just two strikeouts. That said, regardless of format, owners scouring for shortstop help down the stretch should scoop up Escobar if he's still available.

Alcides Escobar
SS KC
10 months ago

Escobar went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs against the Tigers on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

He fell just a homer short of the cycle while building up his ongoing hot streak -- over the last eight games, Escobar's gone 11-for-25 (.440) with four extra-base knocks. In fact, he's been running relatively hot for nearly a month, but that hasn't been enough to bring his season stats up to the point of respectability, as Escobar is still largely scuffling through one of his worst MLB campaigns.