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2 Alcides Escobar SS
Height/Weight: 6-1/185 | Birthdate: 12/16/1986 | Birthplace: La Sabana, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 88/65 | Average Draft Position: 195.88
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Alcides Escobar out of Royals' Sunday lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:45 am ET) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is not in the team's lineup for Sunday's game. Escobar was questionable with a sore knee.

He'll be replaced in the lineup by Christian Colon, who will bat eighth. 


'Slidegate' intensifies between Royals' Escobar, Athletics' Lawrie


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) The soap opera involving Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie continued Saturday through Twitter.

It began when Lawrie slid into Escobar on Friday night, causing the latter to be escorted off the field with a sprained knee and bruising.

Escobar later told Sports Radio 610 that he felt it was a "dirty slide" and added that Oakland outfielder Sam Fuld did the same thing to him a year ago. Others chimed in, claiming Lawrie came in spikes high. But Royals teammates such as Eric Hosmer offered his view that there was nothing dirty about it the play.

The controversy continued Saturday when Escobar told the Oakland Tribune that he had not heard any apology nor received any text from Lawrie. Lawrie, however, claimed he had texted Escobar to let him know he had no intention of causing injury.


Escobar sits out Saturday, Orlando takes Royals' leadoff spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Royals shortstop and leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar was not listed in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Athletics, according to MLB.com.

Escobar sustained a mild strain and contusion to his left knee during Friday's win over Oakland. He suffered the injury when Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie slid into him at second base while attempting to break up a double play in the seventh inning. Escobar is hitting .326 (14 for 43) with a .348 on-base percentage and five RBI in 10 games.

Right fielder Paulo Orlando took Escobar's spot at the top of the order. The 29-year-old Brazilian tripled in a run en route to Kansas City's 6-4 win over Oakland. He is hitting .313/.353/.813 with four triples over his first 17 career plate appearances.


Royals SS Alcides Escobar suffers knee injury Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar sustained a mild strain and contusion to his left knee during Friday's win over the Athletics, reports MLB.com.

Escobar was hurt when A's third baseman Brett Lawrie slid into him at second base while attempting to break up a double play in the seventh inning. The incident led to both benches clearing. Escobar immediately left the game.

After the game, Lawrie insisted he wasn't trying to injure Escobar.

"I would never try to cleat anybody," Lawrie said. "It wasn't like I overextended myself to go get him. He was right on top of the bag. That's just baseball right there."


Royals' Alcides Escobar flourishing in leadoff role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is in the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak, and manager Ned Yost credits his recent success to his role as a leadoff hitter, a move that dates back to September when the streak started, per MLB.com.

"Esky is just a good hitter," Yost said. "[Three] years ago, he had a great year, [hitting .293]. Then he had an off year [at .234] and then he had a phenomenal year last year [at .285]. He can hit."

Escobar has five hits over his last two games (10 at-bats). Through eight games this season, Escobar has a .412 batting average (14 for 34) with three doubles, seven runs scored, two walks and five RBI.

"I like it because you have to be ready right away," Escobar said. "When we're on the road, you got to get ready because you're up right away. Right away. It's good."


Royals' Alcides Escobar erases bad spring with strong start to season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Shortstop Alcides Escobar has hit safely in the Royals' first three games to open the season. He has had multihit performances in two of those outings.

Escobar is batting .500 (6 for 12) with two doubles, five runs, one walk and one stolen base. He has no RBI, however.

He hit .180 (11 for 61) with no home runs, four doubles, six runs and two RBI in 21 games during spring training.


Royals' Yost on Alcides Escobar: 'He just never slows down'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar had quite the busy year in 2014. After playing in all 162 regular season games, he then appeared in all 15 postseason games, went to Japan for the All-Star Series and capped it off by playing three weeks of winter ball.

"He just never slows down," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "Fortunately, he has the body to do that. He just doesn't seem to wear down."

Playing every day last season didn't seem to bother Escobar, who hit .320 with a .763 OPS in September. 

"I just love to play baseball," Escobar said. "It's really all I want to do."

Escobar apparently also loves hitting atop the lineup. When Escobar moved to the leadoff spot in mid-September last season, he hit .362 with a .397 on-base percentage and .478 slugging percentage in 16 games. Yost has indicated he plans to keep Escobar in the leadoff spot.

"I like it up there," Escobar said. "I'm still trying to learn, trying to find ways to get on base and take more pitches."


Royals' Alcides Escobar reaches twice in Game 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Royals infielder Alcides Escobar reached base twice Game 3 against the Giants. 

Escobar wound up playing a big role immediately, doubling in his first at-bat. He would come around to score later in the inning, giving the Royals a 1-0 lead. Escobar would strike again in the sixth inning. After a single, Escobar would score from first on an Alex Gordon double. Escobar went on to finish 2 for 4, with two runs scored.


Royals tab SS Alcides Escobar to lead off in World Series Game 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is leading off in the team's announced lineup for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday against the Giants.

Escobar led off just 16 times while playing all 162 games during the regular season, but he's been the man atop the lineup in each of the Royals' first eight postseason games -- all wins. He'll be followed by right fielder Norichika Aoki, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, first baseman Eric Hosmer, designated hitter Billy Butler, left fielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, second baseman Omar Infante and third baseman Mike Moustakas.


Royals' Alcides Escobar notches go-ahead hit


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Royals infielder Alcides Escobar only had one hit Saturday, but made it count.

In the ninth inning, Escobar smacked a double down the right field line, bringing in the go-ahead run for Kansas City. Escobar would come around to score on a single later in the inning, padding the Royals lead. He finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Alcides Escobar hits third home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Royals infielder Alcides Escobar clubbed his third home run Wednesday against the White Sox. 

Escobar struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, he belted a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the solo shot. Escobar also singled during the game. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Alcides Escobar rebounds in first half after down 2013


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar proved in the first half that his breakout 2012 campaign wasn't a fluke, as he turned in a .283/.320/.386 line with two home runs, 29 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 332 at-bats.

Escobar managed to hit just .234/.259/.300 last season while swiping 22 bases in 607 at-bats. He's done a much better job across the board, coming close to his .293/.331/.390 line from 2012. He enjoyed an excellent first half that season as well before cooling off after the break, which he'll try to avoid moving forward.


Alcides Escobar remains on roll for Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has continued to fly under the radar with strong and steady production.

Escobar had an eight-game hitting streak snapped Sunday in Cleveland. He was 11 for 28 during that streak with four runs and four RBI as his stat line strengthened to ..291/.330/.402.


Alcides Escobar able to go


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/23/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who left Sunday's game with a shin contusion, was in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers. Escobar got hit by a pitch, but X-rays were negative.

He's hitting .287 with two homers and 23 RBI in 265 at-bats.


Alcides Escobar is day to day with left shin contusion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar left Sunday's game against the Mariners with a left shin contusion after getting hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative and he is day to day.

Alcides Escobar fine for Saturday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) A leg cramp that forced Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar out of the game Friday night will not prevent him from starting Saturday against the White Sox.

Escobar missed his first two innings of the season in the series opener.


Alcides Escobar runs hitting streak to 10 games


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar extended his hitting streak to 10 games Wednesday, with a three-hit performance in a 4-1 win over the Indians.

Escobar was 3 for 3 with a stolen base in the game, though he didn't have much of an impact on the scoreboard. He drove in just one run and scored one more in the win.

Escobar was hitting just .259 at the end of May, but has hit safely in each game in June so far to raise his batting line to .287/.328/.396 for the season. 


Hitters to start in Week 11


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/7/2014) If you need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 11 (June 9-15), A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Lind, Tommy La Stella , Lonnie Chisenhall, Alcides Escobar and Josh Willingham are just a few of the worthy candidates.

You can read about them in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Consistency has been a virtue for Alcides Escobar in 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) If consistency was a criteria for inclusion in the All-Star Game, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar might be headed to Target Field in July.

Escobar has had one or two hits in 17 of 22 games played since May 4. And though only six of his 22 hits during that stretch have been for extra bases, he has maintained a batting average between .261 and .286 throughout that period. He is also on pace for 46 stolen bases this year, which would shatter his previous high of 35 set in 2012.


Alcides Escobar still more of a Roto play


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) It's interesting to see Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar's Fantasy ownership continue to rise, despite having 10 or less Fantasy points in two of the last three scoring periods. However, it probably has a lot more to do with him being added in Rotisserie and categories leagues over points formats.

Escobar is not going to hit for power or drive in a bunch of runs, but he can hit for average, steal bases and score runs, which are definitely more beneficial in the long run for Rotisserie and categories leagues.

I don't mind using Escobar in points formats in the short-term, but Fantasy owners in those formats shouldn't get attached to keeping him in the starting lineup.


Alcides Escobar tough to catch


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/13/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has 40 stolen bases in his last 41 tries dating to 2012, reports MLB.com. This season he's 11 of 12 after going 22 for 22 last year.

"He's got great instincts," manager Ned Yost said. "He can read the pitcher. He knows when to go."

Escobar swiped six bases in the Royals' just-completed seven-game road trip. "You don't have to have great speed to be a bona fide basestealer, but his speed is above average," Yost said.


Alcides Escobar swats grand slam in win over M's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar made his presence felt at the plate on Sunday, launching a grand slam to power his team past the Mariners in Seattle, 9-7.

Escobar's home run -- his second of the year -- came off starter Roenis Elias in the second inning. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and four RBI, improving his batting average to .276 in 127 at-bats. It was his first home run since April 20.


Alcides Escobar nets two steals Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar had a season-high two stolen bases during a 6-5 loss Monday against the Padres. He had two singles in five at-bats and one walk.

After hitting .287 with a .347 on-base percentage in April, Escobar is batting .211 (4 for 19) through five May games. He has seven stolen bases in 31 games.


Alcides Escobar consistently productive for Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar reached .294 with a three-hit game on April 18 and has maintained a batting average of .278 and .317 ever since with tremendous consistency.

His hitless performance Tuesday night was only his fifth since an 0-for-14 start to the season. Escobar is batting .320 since then and owns a stat line of .286/.348/.405 with 13 runs and five stolen bases.


Alcides Escobar finally puts one over the wall


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) It took 17 games, but Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar finally got one over the wall Sunday afternoon against the Twins.

Escobar took Phil Hughes deep for a two-run home run in the seventh inning. He added a double and finished 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI in an 8-3 defeat. He is hitting .298 with one home run and seven RBI in 57 at-bats.