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Alcides Escobar

31-Year-Old Shortstop – Kansas City Royals

2018 Stats

AVG

.231

HR

1

RBI

12

R

20

SB

2

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

There was a point earlier in Escobar's career when the potential for 30-plus steals and an above-average batting average made him a desirable middle-infield filler in mixers and a steady shortstop in ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 195   DOB: 12/16/1986   BORN: La Sabana, Venezuela   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: By MIL In 2003   Show ContractHide Contract

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Alcides Escobar Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Royals in January of 2018.

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Alcides Escobar Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 18 A WES 127 540 520 80 141 35 25 8 2 36 30 13 20 90 0 0 0 .271 .305 .362 .667
2006 19 A A 87 369 350 47 90 12 9 1 2 33 28 8 19 56 0 0 0 .257 .296 .306 .602
2007 20 A BRE 63 275 268 37 87 11 8 3 0 25 18 10 7 35 0 0 0 .325 .345 .377 .722
2007 20 AA HUN 62 245 226 27 64 10 5 4 1 27 4 3 11 36 6 2 0 .283 .314 .354 .668
2008 21 AA HUN 131 597 546 95 179 37 24 5 8 76 34 8 31 82 10 7 3 .328 .363 .434 .797
2008 21 MAJ MIL 9 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
2009 22 AAA NAS 109 487 430 76 128 34 24 6 4 34 42 10 32 65 19 1 5 .298 .353 .409 .762
2009 22 MAJ MIL 38 134 125 20 38 5 3 1 1 11 4 2 4 18 2 1 2 .304 .333 .368 .701
2010 23 MAJ MIL 145 552 506 57 119 28 14 10 4 41 10 4 36 70 4 3 3 .235 .288 .326 .614
2011 24 MAJ KC 158 598 548 69 139 33 21 8 4 46 26 9 25 73 18 3 4 .254 .290 .343 .633
2012 25 MAJ KC 155 648 605 68 177 42 30 7 5 52 35 5 27 100 8 0 8 .293 .331 .390 .721
2013 26 MAJ KC 158 642 607 57 142 28 20 4 4 52 22 0 19 84 9 4 3 .234 .259 .300 .559
2014 27 MAJ KC 162 620 579 74 165 42 34 5 3 50 31 6 23 83 8 4 6 .285 .317 .377 .694
2015 28 MAJ KC 148 662 612 76 157 28 20 5 3 47 17 5 26 75 11 5 8 .257 .293 .320 .613
2016 29 MAJ KC 162 682 637 57 166 37 24 6 7 55 17 4 27 96 10 5 3 .261 .292 .350 .642
2017 30 MAJ KC 162 629 599 71 150 47 36 5 6 54 4 7 15 102 7 4 4 .250 .272 .357 .629
2018 31 MAJ KC 46 178 160 20 37 10 8 1 1 12 2 1 11 20 1 3 3 .231 .288 .313 .601
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3-Year Averages     157 656 616 68 157 36 26 5 5 52 12 5 22 91 9 4 5 .255 .284 .338 .622
Career  (View All)     1343 5,349 4,982 571 1,292 300 210 52 38 420 168 43 213 722 78 32 44 .259 .294 .345 .639

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Alcides Escobar Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
May. 20 NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .288 .313 .601
May. 19 NYY 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .236 .293 .318 .611
May. 18 NYY 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .294 .320 .614
May. 16 TB 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .235 .295 .322 .617
May. 15 TB 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .302 .329 .631
May. 14 TB 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .297 .324 .621
May. 13 @Cle 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .290 .321 .611
May. 12 @Cle 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .294 .326 .620
May. 11 @Cle 4 1 2 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .300 .333 .633
May. 10 @Bal 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .290 .328 .618
May. 9 @Bal 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .236 .298 .339 .637
May. 8 @Bal 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .236 .299 .341 .640
May. 6 Det 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .220 .288 .331 .619
May. 5 Det 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .287 .330 .617
May. 4 Det 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .223 .288 .339 .627
May. 3 Det 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218 .279 .336 .615
May. 2 @Bos 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .280 .340 .620
May. 1 @Bos 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 .216 .281 .343 .624
Apr. 30 @Bos 4 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .296 .361 .657
Apr. 29 CWS 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .204 .279 .323 .602
Apr. 28 CWS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .198 .267 .308 .575
Apr. 28 CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .195 .268 .310 .578
Apr. 27 CWS 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .202 .269 .321 .590
Apr. 26 CWS 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .215 .284 .342 .626
Apr. 25 Mil 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .274 .333 .607
Apr. 24 Mil 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .194 .272 .319 .591
Apr. 22 @Det 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .282 .329 .611
Apr. 21 @Det 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .197 .284 .333 .617
Apr. 20 @Det 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .177 .271 .306 .577
Apr. 20 @Det 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .169 .258 .305 .563
Last 7 Games 22 1 5 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 .227 .250 .227 .477
Last 14 Games 48 5 11 0 0 0 5 3 8 0 0 0 3 0 .229 .259 .229 .488
Last 30 Games 105 14 27 5 0 0 9 6 13 1 1 1 3 1 .257 .296 .305 .601

Alcides Escobar: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 46
2017 162
2016 162
2015 148
2014 162
2013 158
2012 155
2011 158
2010 138 5 2 1 2
2009 37

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Alcides Escobar Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018436020.349.512.907
2017134171160.276.410.720
2016153143103.222.320.584

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018117141102.188.239.487
2017465545384.243.342.602
20164844344514.273.360.660

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018837051.205.253.537
2017287322343.258.352.633
20163103653410.271.377.681

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20187713171.260.377.669
2017312394201.244.362.625
2016327212217.251.324.604
Alcides Escobar vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Ian Kennedy KC 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .375 .286 .661

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Alcides Escobar Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 18 A WES 540 520 3.7% 16.7% 0.22 83% .325 .091
2006 19 A A 369 350 5.1% 15.2% 0.34 84% .301 .049
2007 20 A BRE 275 268 2.5% 12.7% 0.20 87% .373 .052
2007 20 AA HUN 245 226 4.5% 14.7% 0.31 84% .330 .071
2008 21 AA HUN 597 546 5.2% 13.7% 0.38 85% .369 .106
2008 21 MAJ MIL 4 4 0% 25% 0.00 75% .667 .000
2009 22 AAA NAS 487 430 6.6% 13.3% 0.49 85% .343 .111
2009 22 MAJ MIL 134 125 3% 13.4% 0.22 86% .346 .064
2010 23 MAJ MIL 552 506 6.5% 12.7% 0.51 86% .264 .091
2011 24 MAJ KC 598 548 4.2% 12.2% 0.34 87% .285 .089
2012 25 MAJ KC 648 605 4.2% 15.4% 0.27 83% .344 .097
2013 26 MAJ KC 642 607 3% 13.1% 0.23 86% .264 .066
2014 27 MAJ KC 620 579 3.7% 13.4% 0.28 86% .326 .092
2015 28 MAJ KC 662 612 3.9% 11.3% 0.35 88% .286 .063
2016 29 MAJ KC 682 637 4% 14.1% 0.28 85% .295 .089
2017 30 MAJ KC 629 599 2.4% 16.2% 0.15 83% .291 .107
2018 31 MAJ KC 178 160 6.2% 11.2% 0.55 88% .254 .082
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3-Year Averages     656 616 3.4% 13.9% 0.24 85% .290 .083
Career     5,349 4,982 4% 13.5% 0.30 86% .295 .086

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Alcides Escobar Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
SS 2015 1306.7 -1 17 1 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0
2016 1412 -6 26 -5 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0
2017 1404.3 -4 25 -4 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0
2018 258 -4 32 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Alcides Escobar    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.55 BB/K
GOOD
6.2% BB Rate
WEAK
11.2% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.601 OPS
TERRIBLE
.288 OBP
TERRIBLE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.231 AVG
TERRIBLE
.254 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.313 SLG
TERRIBLE
.082 ISO
TERRIBLE

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Alcides Escobar: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Escobar went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run during Sunday's win over the Indians.

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Escobar has a .226/.247/.306 slash line with four stolen bases in eight attempts over 438 at-bats.

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Escobar went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs during Thursday's win over Detroit.

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Escobar (wrist) is starting at shortstop and hitting seventh Tuesday against the Tigers, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Despite setting a career high in plate appearances, Escobar tied his career low with 57 runs scored. That'll happen when you carry an on-base percentage of just .292. Even running into a career-high seven homers didn't help the slick-fielding shortstop's tallies. Speaking of running, Escobar registered 17 pilfers for the second straight campaign after swiping at least 22 from 2011 to 2014, averaging 28.5 per year over that span. Escobar's strongest suit is durability, which keeps his counting stats palatable for single-league formats. Escobar usually finds his way onto a mixed-league squad once injuries thin the player pool. But with such a paltry walk rate and paucity of power at a time where there's an influx of power-hitting shortstops, Escobar is reserve-round fodder in mixed-league drafts, especially since he's a candidate to be dropped to the bottom of the lineup, further dampening production.

2016

Oh, what should have been. Escobar has hardware on one hand for winning the World Series and he holds the Gold Glove in his other hand, but his 74 runs scored as the leadoff man for the Royals left a lot to be desired. He scored so few runs because he had a sub .300 on-base percentage for the fourth time in six seasons. Escobar is an impatient high-contact hitter who does not hit the ball that hard or far so he’s on first more often than not. He complicated that issue with just 17 steals last season which was his lowest total as a Royal. Ideally, he would hit down in the lineup, but that will also cut into his plate appearances and thus his opportunity to score runs. At 29, he’s not suddenly going to become a patient hitter and his lack of power means pitchers can challenge him within the strike zone, forcing him to swing. In short, he’s a better real life player than he is a fantasy one.

2015

Escobar is about as close as it gets to a modern day iron man, having played 155 or more contests in each of his four seasons with Kansas City. 2014 was the first time he played all 162 games, however, and Escobar turned that consistency into arguably the best season of his major league career. The defensive wizard was able to make his presence known at the plate as well, posting career-best totals in doubles (34) and runs scored (74). The latter number was partially bolstered by his movement to the leadoff spot in the order, a move made by manager Ned Yost in mid-September that continued on through the Royals' postseason run. Although fantasy owners can't hope for much from a power standpoint, 30 steals is a reasonable expectation as long as he maintains his batting average, as Escobar has eclipsed 31 steals in each year that he's hit .285 or better. If Yost sticks with Escobar atop his lineup in 2015, the 28-year-old shortstop could be poised for yet another highly productive fantasy season.

2014

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 able to duplicate those numbers in 2013. The doubters received their validation as Escobar struggled to match his 2012 totals despite playing in three more games. The root of Escobar's decline can be found in two statistical regressions: a drop in his BABIP, which went from .344 to .264, and a spike in fly balls at the expense of his ground ball rate. Lazy fly balls and bad bounces do not couple well with a poor walk rate and the results are found in a plummeting batting average and subpar on-base percentage. He is fully capable of bouncing back though with a bit more patience at the plate and fewer swings outside the zone, two adjustments not outside the realm of possibility. With even just a slight rebound he could pull his rate stats back up and, coupled with his stolen base potential, return to top-10 shortstop status.

2013

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.

2012

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.

2011

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.

2010

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.

2009

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.

2008

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.

2007

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.

2006

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.