27-Year-Old Shortstop – Kansas City Royals
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After Escobar's breakout campaign in 2012 there were two very distinct camps -- those who believed he was taking his game to the next level and those who believed that he overachieved and wouldn’t be ...
Alcides Escobar Contract Information:
Iin March of 2012, Escobar agreed to a four-year extension with the Royals through the 2015 season for a guaranteed $10.5 million that includes two club option seasons that could push the package’s value to $21.75 million.
Escobar went 2-for-3 with two RBI and his first home run of the season in Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Twins.
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Alcides Escobar: MLB Games Played By Position
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2014 Stat Review for Alcides Escobar As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsAoki, Norichika (OF)
AAAdam, Jason (P)
A+Almonte, Miguel (P)
AAntonio, Mike (SS)
RookieBartsch, Kyle (P)
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Best Matchups for Alcides Escobar (by OPS, min 7 AB)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Escobar's development as a major league shortstop took a significant step forward last year as his bat seemed to finally catch up to his defensive prowess. While the Royals love him for his fielding, fantasy owners are enjoying the increased offensive totals that he produced in 2012 that saw career-highs in all of the major fantasy categories, save for runs scored in which he fell just one short from his previous high. While Escobar continues to improve at the plate and was better about laying off pitches outside the zone, he appears to have more work to do. Though he hit more line drives, his groundball rate remained the same which means that when his .344 BABIP normalizes, he probably won't see as many balls fall for hits as he did last season. Still, he is fully capable of hitting for a solid .275 average, and if he can continue to grow as a basestealer (35-for-40 last season) Escobar will prove to be a valuable commodity at a very thin position.
It was a bounce back year of sorts for Escobar in 2011 as he hit for a better average (.254) and got back to stealing bases (26), which was long his calling card in the minors. Unfortunately, he still has not improved his plate discipline enough to really unleash his speed as his did in 2009 at Triple-A Nashville, when he stole 42 bases. His glove is what got him to the majors and it's likely to keep him on the field, but that does little for fantasy owners looking for help at the shortstop position. Those in deeper leagues will want to take a chance on him for his speed, but realize that it comes at a price.
Escobar entered 2010 as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate, but failed to live up to expectations. He finished with a line of .235/.288/.326 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases. The 10 steals were the most disturbing for fantasy owners because he stole 42 the previous season in the minors. Escobar is a high contact type of hitter and he was weighed down by a .266 BABIP. There is a chance that will increase since he was almost always above a .333 BABIP during his minor league career. Don't expect much power from him, but a bump in batting average and stolen bases could happen if the Royals give him a better spot in the lineup and let him run - making him a bit of a sleeper in 2011.
Escobar made his major league debut in 2009, taking over at shortstop for J.J. Hardy. He didn't look overmatched, though he still has a lot of work to do offensively. He stole 41 bases at Triple-A Nashville before being called up, but just four at the major league level. Escobar has little - if any - power, so he'll need to rack up quite a few stolen bases to have as much value in the fantasy world as he does in the real world.
Escobar fulfilled his potential in 2008, hitting .328/.363/.434 for Double-A Huntsville while playing Gold Glove caliber defense. He's just 22 years old so there is no rush to get him to the majors in 2009. Despite a lot of rumors that the Brewers are looking to trade J. J. Hardy to open a spot at shortstop for Escobar, it's more likely that he'll start the season at Triple-A Nashville and get some time at that level. The only way that he'll be part of the team on Opening Day is if the Brewers trade Hardy or move him to third or second base, which is unlikely. A more likely scenario is that Escobar spends most of 2009 at Triple-A and the Brewers make a decision on Hardy after next season.
Depending on who you ask, Escobar is either a top prospect or nothing more than a utility infielder. His glove is already major league ready and has been rated as possible Gold Glove-caliber. The problem is that he's just 20 years old and lacks both power and patience at the plate. He was able to hold his own at Double-A Huntsville at that young age, and may start next season with Triple-A Nashville. He could develop gap power as he matures, but the deciding factor on his future may be whether he can learn how to get on base more consistently.
Escobar took a step back in 2006 after shooting his way up the prospect charts in 2005. After missing the start of the season due to a hamstring injury, he hit just .257 with 19 walks in 350 at-bats for High-A Brevard County. He's still only 20 and is the top middle infield prospect for the Brewers, but his star has dimmed just a bit.
Escobar played well for an 18-year-old at low-A West Virginia, hitting .271 with 30 SB. The downside is that he walked only 20 times for a poor .298 OBP. Escobar was the youngest player in the Arizona Fall League and held his own. He'll start next season at high-A and has quite a bit of potential, but remains very raw.