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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
145 .257 1 15 10 5 .231 0.1
Birth Date12-16-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.42012
-0.72013
2.52014
1.72015
0.62016
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 8/26/2016 10:14 ET | Royals Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
KCA SS 1 75 121 .257 15 1 10 5 .288 .336 0.1 .231
KCA SS 2 15 24 .257 15 1 10 5 .288 .336 0.1 .231
2015 Rest-of-Season Totals90145.257151105.288.3360.1.231

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 MIL 21 9 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .348 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2009 MIL 22 38 134 125 20 38 3 1 1 46 4 18 2 1 2 11 4 2 .304 .333 .368 .250 5.9 -0.5 0.5
2010 MIL 23 145 552 506 57 119 14 10 4 165 36 70 3 3 4 41 10 4 .235 .288 .326 .224 2.8 -2.1 0.1
2011 KCA 24 158 598 548 69 139 21 8 4 188 25 73 4 3 18 46 26 9 .254 .290 .343 .235 9.6 -1.9 0.8
2012 KCA 25 155 648 605 68 177 30 7 5 236 27 100 8 0 8 52 35 5 .293 .331 .390 .252 22.3 -9.1 1.4
2013 KCA 26 158 642 607 57 142 20 4 4 182 19 84 3 4 9 52 22 0 .234 .259 .300 .205 -7.2 1.1 -0.7
2014 KCA 27 162 620 579 74 165 34 5 3 218 23 83 6 4 50 31 6 .285 .317 .377 .255 25.6 -3.3 2.5
2015 KCA 28 148 662 612 76 157 20 5 3 196 26 75 8 5 11 47 17 5 .257 .293 .320 .224 8.4 7.2 1.7
2016 KCA 29 127 551 514 46 135 18 4 3 170 22 69 1 4 10 37 14 4 .263 .292 .331 .229 6.0 -1.2 0.5
Career11004411410046910741604427140318257335246233615935.262.297.342.23373.9-9.76.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 HEL Rk 67 261 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WVA A 127 562 .259 .256 .329 .385 .000 .317 101 -0.6 15.6 6.4 13.0 2.9 24.3 3.6 24.3 3.6
2006 BRV A+ 87 386 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 BRV A+ 63 283 .270 .267 .334 .388 .000 .370 95 3.1 8.6 3.6 5.1 3.0 18.4 2.3 18.4 2.3
2007 HUN AA 62 245 .254 .263 .334 .403 .000 .323 94 -1.9 8.5 3.9 -1.8 0.1 10.7 0.9 10.7 0.9
2008 MIL MLB 9 4 .348 .260 .330 .428 .000 .667 101 0.4 0.1 0 -0.0 -0.1 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2008 HUN AA 131 597 .276 .271 .347 .408 .000 .367 108 10.3 17.7 7.6 14.5 6.1 41.7 5.6 41.7 5.6
2009 MIL MLB 38 134 .250 .268 .334 .424 .000 .346 99 -1.4 3.9 1.8 -0.5 1.7 5.9 0.5 5.9 0.5
2009 NAS AAA 109 487 .282 .273 .342 .413 .000 .326 87 11.5 14.1 5.9 -4.1 5.0 36.4 3.2 36.4 3.2
2010 MIL MLB 145 552 .224 .258 .324 .403 .000 .264 96 -20.2 15.2 6.8 -2.1 1.0 2.8 0.1 2.8 0.1
2011 KCA MLB 158 598 .235 .261 .321 .410 .000 .285 108 -14.6 16.1 7.4 -1.9 0.7 9.6 0.8 9.6 0.8
2012 KCA MLB 155 648 .252 .256 .317 .408 .000 .344 103 -5.3 17.7 8.2 -9.1 1.6 22.3 1.4 22.3 1.4
2012 LAR Wnt 26 120 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 KCA MLB 158 642 .205 .254 .315 .399 .000 .264 100 -34 16.9 7.8 1.1 2.2 -7.2 -0.7 -7.2 -0.7
2014 KCA MLB 162 620 .255 .256 .315 .391 .000 .326 102 -3.1 16.0 7.4 -3.3 5.3 25.6 2.5 25.6 2.5
2015 KCA MLB 148 662 .224 .255 .314 .409 .000 .286 101 -23 17.9 8.2 7.2 5.3 8.4 1.7 8.4 1.7
2016 KCA MLB 127 551 .229 .258 .316 .417 .262 .296 100 -16.4 14.9 6.8 -1.2 0.8 6.0 0.5 6.0 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 HEL Rk 261 38 65 8 0 2 24 20 44 20 9 .281 .338 .342 .061 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WVA A 562 80 141 25 8 2 36 20 90 30 13 .271 .301 .362 .090 .259 24.3 13.0 3.6
2006 BRV A+ 386 47 90 9 1 2 33 19 56 28 8 .257 .296 .306 .049 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 BRV A+ 283 37 87 8 3 0 25 7 35 18 10 .325 .346 .377 .052 .270 18.4 5.1 2.3
2007 HUN AA 245 27 64 5 4 1 28 11 36 4 3 .283 .309 .354 .071 .254 10.7 -1.8 0.9
2008 MIL MLB 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 .348 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2008 HUN AA 597 95 179 24 5 8 76 31 82 34 8 .328 .361 .434 .106 .276 41.7 14.5 5.6
2009 MIL MLB 134 20 38 3 1 1 11 4 18 4 2 .304 .333 .368 .064 .250 5.9 -0.5 0.5
2009 NAS AAA 487 76 128 24 6 4 34 32 65 42 10 .298 .340 .409 .112 .282 36.4 -4.1 3.2
2010 MIL MLB 552 57 119 14 10 4 41 36 70 10 4 .235 .288 .326 .091 .224 2.8 -2.1 0.1
2011 KCA MLB 598 69 139 21 8 4 46 25 73 26 9 .254 .290 .343 .089 .235 9.6 -1.9 0.8
2012 LAR Wnt 120 24 38 5 1 2 16 7 11 4 1 .349 .398 .468 .119 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 KCA MLB 648 68 177 30 7 5 52 27 100 35 5 .293 .331 .390 .098 .252 22.3 -9.1 1.4
2013 KCA MLB 642 57 142 20 4 4 52 19 84 22 0 .234 .259 .300 .066 .205 -7.2 1.1 -0.7
2014 KCA MLB 620 74 165 34 5 3 50 23 83 31 6 .285 .317 .377 .092 .255 25.6 -3.3 2.5
2015 KCA MLB 662 76 157 20 5 3 47 26 75 17 5 .257 .293 .320 .064 .224 8.4 7.2 1.7
2016 KCA MLB 551 46 135 18 4 3 37 22 69 14 4 .263 .292 .331 .068 .229 6.0 -1.2 0.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 14 0.5000 0.4286 0.5000 0.5714 0.2857 0.5000 0.5000 0.5000 6 0.000270
2009 489 0.5399 0.4560 0.8206 0.5871 0.3022 0.8968 0.6471 0.1794 217 0.008990
2010 2071 0.5181 0.4587 0.8400 0.5946 0.3126 0.8950 0.7276 0.1600 892 0.007498
2011 2246 0.5249 0.4711 0.8355 0.6073 0.3205 0.8897 0.7222 0.1645 930 0.005717
2012 2410 0.5207 0.4685 0.7963 0.6032 0.3221 0.8600 0.6667 0.2037 1024 0.002865
2013 2234 0.5152 0.4969 0.8387 0.6238 0.3620 0.8955 0.7347 0.1613 882 0.008854
2014 2174 0.5014 0.5037 0.8219 0.6633 0.3432 0.8976 0.6747 0.1781 835 -0.000353
2015 2300 0.4739 0.5074 0.8149 0.6807 0.3512 0.8922 0.6800 0.1851 896 0.009151
2016 1928 0.4787 0.5249 0.8043 0.6880 0.3751 0.8646 0.7029 0.1957 0 0.000000
Career158660.50620.48850.82120.63480.33920.8850.69880.1788778.81170.005

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-23 2014-06-23 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin - HBP -
2014-06-14 2014-06-14 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2014-03-10 2014-03-21 Camp 11 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2013-03-11 2013-03-18 Camp 7 0 - Back Tightness - -
2012-09-28 2012-10-01 DTD 3 3 Right Shoulder Strain Diving Catch - -
2011-09-03 2011-09-05 DTD 2 2 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2011-08-26 2011-08-27 DTD 1 1 Left Upper Arm Soreness - -
2011-07-22 2011-07-22 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin From Foul Ball - -
2011-03-06 2011-03-08 Camp 2 0 Right Arm Infection Insect Bite -
2010-08-19 2010-08-20 DTD 1 0 Cramp -
2010-03-04 2010-03-05 Camp 1 0 Face Surgery Dental 2010-03-04
2006-05-13 2006-05-28 Minors 15 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2006-04-15 2006-05-06 Minors 21 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 KCA $500,000
2016 KCA $5,250,000
2015 KCA $3,000,000
2014 KCA $3,000,000
2013 KCA $3,000,000
2012 KCA $1,000,000
2011 KCA $428,000
2010 MIL $405,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$10,833,500
2011Current$5,250,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$16,083,500
1 yrFuture$500,000
8 yrTotal$16,583,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 82 dPeter Greenberg4 years/$10.5M (2012-15), 2016-17 option

Details
  • 4 years/$10.5M (2012-15). Signed extension with Kansas City 3/15/12, replacing 1-year/$0.5195M deal signed 2/24/12. 12:$1M, 13:$3M, 14:$3M, 15:$3M, 16:$5.25M club option, $0.5M buyout. 17:$6.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. Award bonuses. Kansas City exercised 2016 option 11/5/15.
  • 1 year/$0.428M (2011). Signed by Kansas City 2/20/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4055M (2010). Re-signed 3/10. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Milwaukee 12/19/10 (Greinke deal).
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/10/09. Recalled 8/12/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 11/19/07. Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/29/08.
  • Signed by Milwaukee 2003 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela. $33,000 signing bonus.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 710 80 186 32 7 4 53 31 93 28 5 .285 .318 .377 .256 27.3 SS 0 3.0
80o 697 77 177 31 7 4 51 30 93 26 5 .275 .308 .363 .247 21.0 SS 0 2.3
70o 688 74 171 30 7 4 49 29 93 25 5 .268 .300 .354 .241 16.7 SS 0 1.8
60o 680 72 166 29 7 4 48 28 92 25 5 .262 .294 .346 .236 13.0 SS 0 1.4
50o 672 71 160 28 6 4 46 27 92 24 5 .256 .288 .339 .231 9.7 SS 0 1.1
40o 664 69 155 27 6 4 45 26 92 23 4 .251 .282 .331 .226 6.4 SS 0 0.7
30o 656 67 149 26 6 3 43 25 92 22 4 .245 .275 .323 .221 3.0 SS 0 0.3
20o 647 65 143 25 6 3 42 24 91 21 4 .238 .268 .314 .215 -0.9 SS 0 -0.1
10o 634 62 134 23 5 3 40 23 91 20 4 .228 .257 .301 .207 -6.2 SS 0 -0.7
Weighted Mean673711612864462792245.257.288.339.23210.0SS 01.1

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 8/26/2016 11:16 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 202 24 55 9 2 1 16 9 25 8 2 .300 .333 .395 .267 9.0 SS 0 1.0
80o 183 21 48 8 2 1 14 8 23 7 1 .286 .318 .375 .255 5.8 SS 0 0.7
70o 168 18 43 7 2 1 12 7 22 6 1 .275 .306 .360 .246 3.9 SS 0 0.4
60o 156 17 38 6 1 1 11 6 21 6 1 .266 .297 .348 .238 2.4 SS 0 0.3
50o 145 15 35 6 1 1 10 6 19 5 1 .257 .288 .336 .231 1.2 SS 0 0.1
40o 134 14 31 5 1 1 9 5 18 5 1 .249 .279 .324 .223 0.1 SS 0 0.0
30o 122 12 28 5 1 1 8 4 17 4 1 .240 .269 .312 .216 -0.8 SS 0 -0.1
20o 107 10 23 4 1 0 7 4 15 3 1 .230 .258 .298 .207 -1.7 SS 0 -0.2
10o 88 8 18 3 1 0 5 3 13 3 1 .215 .242 .278 .194 -2.5 SS 0 -0.3
Weighted Mean15016366111062051.261.292.341.2341.7SS 00.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 44% 4% 11% 99%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20173057954136245347237919.253.290.333.2250.64.93.17.214.3-19.70.4
20183159154135245347238418.248.284.330.2210.32.42.97.214.6-22.30.4
20193256552134245346227916.255.291.337.2260.54.32.56.714.0-18.90.4
20203354349124224342237913.246.283.322.2200.10.52.26.313.4-21.40.4
20213453548119214341217911.240.277.317.218-0.0-0.81.96.113.2-22.00.4
20223552749122224342237610.250.289.331.2240.32.01.65.813.0-18.40.4
2023365014511221423822748.240.280.316.218-0.1-1.41.35.412.4-20.50.4
2024374954511220423821757.244.283.320.218-0.2-1.81.15.212.2-20.30.4
2025384524110319423519685.244.282.319.218-0.1-1.70.94.611.2-18.40.3

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20173048445115194339196516.255.290.332.225-0.0-0.62.62.615.3-21.20.6
20183147543111194338186614.251.285.329.222-0.3-3.12.32.515.3-23.20.5
20193249046118204340196614.259.294.339.2270.10.12.22.415.3-19.80.6
20203344840103183235196311.249.285.322.220-0.5-4.81.82.115.3-24.00.5
202134440399917323318639.242.277.313.218-0.7-6.81.51.915.3-25.50.5
20223551049123224442246910.257.298.341.2310.21.41.62.115.3-17.60.6
202336421389216323121597.236.279.306.217-0.7-7.21.11.614.0-23.90.5
2024374384110118323420646.249.289.323.220-0.6-5.81.01.514.2-22.50.5
2025384924611521433923756.252.293.332.2300.0-0.51.01.615.3-18.50.6

Upside By Year

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 PEAK 5
30.513.824.624.812.38.5106.1

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201542.542.642.433.532.69.2193.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 85)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 93 Jack Wilson 2007 .265
2 92 Luis Sojo 1994 .248
3 91 Luis Aparicio 1963 .248
4 91 Bill Russell 1978 .238
5 88 Yuniesky Betancourt 2011 .230
6 87 Aaron Ledesma 2000 .197
7 87 Mario Guerrero 1979 .188
8 87 Mark Loretta 2001 .245
9 87 Craig Reynolds 1982 .246
10 87 Don Kessinger 1972 .255
11 86 Mike Bordick 1995 .242
12 86 Rennie Stennett 1980 .216
13 86 Julio Franco 1988 .287
14 86 Chico Carrasquel 1955 .265
15 86 Jose Uribe 1988 .237
16 86 Ed Brinkman 1971 .223
17 86 Cesar Gutierrez 1972 .000 DNP
18 86 Rafael Ramirez 1987 .236
19 86 Dick Groat 1960 .282
20 86 Coot Veal 1962 .008
21 86 Rey Sanchez 1997 .234
22 85 Jerry Terrell 1976 .207
23 85 Cesar Izturis 2009 .209
24 85 Mark Grudzielanek 1999 .281
25 85 Rafael Santana 1987 .222
26 85 Kurt Stillwell 1994 .000 DNP
27 85 Johnny Logan 1955 .290
28 85 Johnny Lipon 1952 .225
29 85 Rick Burleson 1980 .254
30 85 Maury Wills 1962 .265
31 85 Orlando Cabrera 2004 .241
32 85 Bert Campaneris 1971 .249
33 85 Alex Grammas 1955 .227
34 85 Glenn Beckert 1970 .232
35 84 Rod Kanehl 1963 .197
36 84 Rich Aurilia 2001 .314
37 84 Kevin Polcovich 1999 .000 DNP
38 84 Gary DiSarcina 1997 .211
39 84 Frank Duffy 1976 .204
40 84 Scott Fletcher 1988 .260
41 84 Rafael Bournigal 1995 .000 DNP
42 84 Larvell Blanks 1979 .229
43 84 Damaso Garcia 1986 .239
44 84 Zack Cozart 2015 .288
45 84 Bucky Dent 1981 .262
46 84 Tony Fernandez 1991 .249
47 84 Jose Pagan 1964 .220
48 84 Omar Vizquel 1996 .268
49 84 Lenny Harris 1994 .264
50 84 Tommy Helms 1970 .202
51 84 Brendan Ryan 2011 .248
52 84 Frank Taveras 1979 .232
53 84 Dick Schofield 1992 .232
54 83 Marlon Anderson 2003 .247
55 83 Lou Merloni 2000 .245
56 83 Felix Mantilla 1964 .305
57 83 Jerry Lumpe 1962 .274
58 83 Horace Clarke 1969 .281
59 83 Greg Pryor 1979 .249
60 83 Duane Kuiper 1979 .226
61 83 Tim Foli 1980 .225
62 83 Tito Fuentes 1973 .256
63 83 Alfredo Griffin 1987 .244
64 83 Bobby Richardson 1965 .234
65 83 Larry Bowa 1975 .250
66 83 Alvin Dark 1951 .293
67 83 Mike Lansing 1997 .273
68 83 Roberto Pena 1966 .203
69 83 Jerry Remy 1982 .243
70 83 Desi Relaford 2003 .234
71 83 Roger Metzger 1977 .212
72 83 Sandy Alomar 1973 .233
73 83 Ruben Amaro 1965 .229
74 83 Erick Aybar 2013 .250
75 83 Carlos Garcia 1997 .199
76 83 Ricky Gutierrez 1999 .241
77 83 Marty Martinez 1971 .199
78 83 Mickey Morandini 1995 .265
79 82 Neifi Perez 2002 .194
80 82 Steve Dillard 1980 .222
81 82 Granny Hamner 1956 .215
82 82 Edgar Renteria 2006 .282
83 82 Bob Randall 1977 .227
84 82 Red Schoendienst 1952 .292
85 82 Ozzie Guillen 1993 .238
86 82 Mike Gallego 1990 .219
87 82 Angel Berroa 2009 .128
88 82 Eddie Kasko 1961 .247
89 82 Joe Pittman 1983 .000 DNP
90 82 Jerry Dybzinski 1985 -.001
91 82 Willy Miranda 1955 .240
92 82 Jose Vizcaino 1997 .244
93 82 Dick Cole 1955 .205
94 82 Jim Gantner 1982 .261
95 82 Len Randle 1978 .248
96 82 Alex Cintron 2008 .221
97 82 Glenn Hoffman 1988 .000 DNP
98 82 Bill Mazeroski 1966 .260
99 82 Alan Bannister 1981 .247
100 82 Freddie Patek 1974 .238

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .276 .317 .360 .247
11 vs R (Multi) .257 .289 .328 .225
18 Split (Multi) -.019 -.028 -.032 -.022
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.023 -.032 -.018
30 vs L (2015) .269 .316 .337 .245
31 vs R (2015) .252 .284 .314 .216
38 Split (2015) -.017 -.032 -.024 -.029
39 LgAvg (2015) -.009 -.021 -.026 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Last year Escobar was a worthy Gold Glove-winner at shortstop, a world champion and a millstone around the neck of the Royals' offense. An unrepentant hacker, Escobar rarely strikes out but has little power and considers walks to be a badge of cowardice. When his bleeders sneak through the infield or his flares find the outfield grass he can post a high enough BABIP to avoid utter offensive ruination; when they don't, he's among the worst hitters in baseball. Yet Ned Yost saw fit to lead Escobar off 131 times last season, not only depriving the actual hitters in the Kansas City lineup more chances to drive in runs but ensuring he would come to the plate more than he had in any season of his career. There are those who will follow the “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” maxim and see no reason to drop Escobar to the bottom of the order where he belongs. To them we say: The fact you once made a putt with your sand wedge doesn't prove you should throw away your old Billy Baroo.
2015 You can't spell Alcides without ALCS, and Escobar starred against the Orioles last fall, posting a .278/.316/.500 line to go with his typically Royals blend of speed and defense. An unapologetic free swinger, Escobar is more prone than most to the vagaries of BABIP, and with more safeties falling in last summer he bounced back from a woeful 2013 at the plate. His speed and marginal power and manager have often miscast him as a table-setter, but with Nori Aoki on hand last year to actually serve up tasty morsels for the heart of the order, Escobar hacked away at the bottom. Of course, Escobar was the leadoff man throughout Kansas City's immortal playoff run, and if the organization doesn't remember the old saw about correlation and causation they may wind up giving away a few runs by keeping him in that role this year. Regardless, Escobar remains a nifty, strong-armed shortstop who can hit a little, is tremendous on the basepaths, has never seen the disabled list and should be well worth his reasonable club options through 2017.
2014 Following a stellar 2012, Escobar gave back those gains and then some at the dish. His TAv was the worst among AL regulars. Even his defense couldnt save him from WARP oblivion. Lacking options at short, the Royals stuck with him through the season. Lacking common sense, the Royals hit him second more than any player on their roster. Lacking common strike zone discipline, he struggled with all types of pitches but was particularly useless against sliders and cut fastballs. A goodnot greatdefender, Escobar excels moving to the hole between short and third, where he can plant his back foot and show off a plus arm. One nifty move cant compensate for one nothing bat.
2013 Known for his glove, Escobar surprised with his bat in 2012, finishing in the middle of the shortstop pack when ranked by TAv. A savvy baserunner, he's always a threat to steal and knows when to take the extra base. He attempted more sacrifice bunts than any other Royal. Defensively, Escobar is among the best at moving to his right, but last season his range was so diminished scouts were whispering he somehow lost a step. The arm remains strong as ever, but he can get lazy with his footwork, which can lead to errant throws.
2012 Acquired in the Greinke/Betancourt trade, the Royals wanted Escobar for his stellar defensewhich is a good thing, since his bat is all kinds of awful. Defensively, Escobar has superior range, a rocket of a right arm, and combines quick hands and excellent footwork around the bag in turning the double play. At the plate though, hes undisciplined, routinely going outside the strike zone in an effort to find a pitch to hit. He puts the bat on the ball often enough that he strikes out in just 12 percent of his plate appearances, a rate well below league average, but he all too often makes weak contact and pulls anemic ground ball to the left side. Escobar finished ninth from the bottom among qualifiers in TAv, but that was still ahead of former Royals shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
2011 Escobar was handed the Brewers' shortstop job in spring training and ran with it, straight through a patch of poison ivy, off a cliff, and into a vat of liquid nitrogen. An acrobatic fielder with great speed, little patience, and a demonstrated ability to hit for average, Escobars bat never got untracked and regressed as the season moved alonghis .154/.214/.231 line after September 1 earned him some time on the bench to think things through. His defense suffered as well, as a propensity for sloppy errors undercut the great range and strong arm that gave fans glimpses of Gold Gloves to come. The Royals acquired him as part of the Zack Greinke trade and hope a change of scenery will help him unleash his obvious talent both in the field and at the plate. He's sure to be an improvement on Yuniesky Betancourt, and hes likely to better last years .264 BABIP, but even with an improved batting average his inability to draw walks will keep him near the bottom of the order.
2010 Milwaukees shortstop of the future has finally arrived, his role cemented by the off-season trade of incumbent J.J. Hardy last fall. Escobar is an exciting talent, a defensive whiz with a flair for the dramatic and the ability to steal 40 bases if he gets enough chances. Alas, theres the rub. As with so many young shortstops, his offensive approach is a work in progress. Speed keeps his BABIP and batting average high, but a sub-par walk rate undermines his OBP and may keep him from hitting at the top of the order. Only 23, the organization thinks he still has room to develop better plate discipline and a little more pop, and hell need to improve against right handed pitching. Even if that doesnt happen (and it almost never does) his outstanding glove work ensures hell be an asset, and for a franchise typically loaded with prospects whose best position is hitter, thats a welcome relief. Hes Orlando Cabrera with more speed and a higher batting average, and thats a very good player.
2009 This non-drafted free agent from Venezuela already rates as the top defensive player in the Brewers system and as one of the best in the minors, with great range and an excellent arm. His approach at the plate, on the other hand, draws mixed reviews. While hes got a quick bat, the ability to spray line drives from foul line to foul line, and plenty of speed, his approach is overly aggressive, with poor pitch recognition, and his power is minimal, leaving his offensive value tied up in whatever he delivers in terms of batting average. Theres been talk that the Brewers could trade Hardy or Weeks to clear a spot for him, but it's only talk so far.
2008 Escobar is a mixed bag. He's a good prospect, but may also be a tad overrated. On the plus side, he hit for average at Double-A as a 20-year-old and is one of the better defensive shortstops in the minors. One the other hand, he has absolutely no power, there's little reason to believe any is coming, and he rarely walks. That makes him a defensive-oriented shortstop who bats seventh or eighth in the majors. Valuable? Yes. Special? No.
2007 Still just 19 years old, Escobar only managed 12 extra base hits all year, and didn`t do a whole lot of walking either. He`s young enough to still be all over the map with his PECOTA comps, but he`s also failed to demonstrate a basic competency with a bat. Scouts still love his tools, but he needs to start building something with them soon.
2006 How confident are the Brewers that they`ve got something here? Though Escobar hasn`t played above the lowest full-season level, they made him the youngest player assigned to this winter`s Arizona Fall League, where he was not overmatched against far more advanced prospects. If his learning curve matches his precocity, you may well see him on our Top Prospects list next year. That said, he still needs to improve his command of the strike zone, but the Brewers aren`t worried (yet), citing his improving pitch identification skills. Afield, he`s got the range and arm for a shortstop.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of MLB players do you think the mets two top prospects, Rosario and Smith will become?
(Ester from GA)
Not a prospect guy! For Dom Smith, I *think* he becomes a poor man's James Loney or Casey Kotchman, which is a shame because I want him to become mid-career Will Clark. Rosario is tougher for me, but I'm hoping for something resembling Alcides Escobar with more pop. (That would be crazy valuable, if not my ideal shortstop.) (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the deal with Raul Mondesi? Is it going to be 2022 and he's still a top 25 prospect who is "too raw and young to project"? It feels like its been forever...
(Mark from KC)
Hey he has four home runs already this year, which was not what I expected. I will say I tend to look a little askance at guys that only have age-relative-to-league going for them. If they are even "holding their own," sure that's fine. But Mondesi has been 2015 Alcides Escobar year-in and year-out (which granted, might appeal to the Royals).

There is always prospect fatigue with these type of guys, because you see them younger than you normally would and buy-in earlier. If he had gone to short-season for his age 17 and 18 seasons then to Wilmington as a 19yo and hit a bit more, the conversation might be different. Still, he can run and has an advanced shortstop glove, those guys will always be near the top of prospect lists. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a fan of Amed Rosario? What kind of ceiling does he have?
(Lastings from Queens, NY)
I'm a fan, I guess. Not his number-one fan or anything. Ceiling? He could be Alcides Escobar. I really don't think he will be, but he could be. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Will Orlando Arcia have any significant fantasy implications in the future or is he Alcides Escobar 2.0? Does he have any chance to develop maybe 12-15 HR power or are we looking at a 5-8 type of guy?
(Schmilkus Orangaflop from Yugoslavia)
I think the power could top out at 10-12, even with the park helping him in Milwaukee, but he has more fantasy potential than Escobar. That said, I don't think he'll contribute as much on the base paths as Escobar, specifically. He's more of a 20-25 steal guy in my book. (Bret Sayre)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Does Orlando Arcia profile as a better hitter Then Alcides Escobar, or is that a pretty good comp?
(Isaac from Akron...Still)
I think Arcia has a chance to hit at a higher level than Escobar. I like the bat speed a little more and I believe that should result in a few more hard line drives that fall for hits and/or find the gaps. Turning out like Escobar would be a fantastic consolation prize for the Brewers.... (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)The Royals come to you and say "bruh, this walk-up music we're using sucks. You like music, don't you? Choose the walk-up music for this whole lineup..." Nine players, nine songs. GO!
(Bruh from Club)
I did this in a mailbag bag in August. Forgive the jumbled up lineup:

1. Nori Aoki: "The Downfall of Us All" by A Day To Remember. This would just be an amusing way to start the first inning.

2. Omar Infante: "Mojo So Dope" by Kid Cudi. Omar is a laid-back fellow.

3. Salvador Perez: "Simon Says" by Pharoah Monche. The Godzilla introduction would be excellent.

4. Billy Butler: "Some Guys Have All The Luck" by Rod Stewart. A classic for the perpetually put-upon DH.

5. Alex Gordon: "Put On" by Young Jeezy. Either this, or "My Hero" by Foo Fighters. Or "The Best" by Tina Turner. I doubt Gordon would like the latter choices.

6. Josh Willingham: "Top Notch" by Manchester Orchestra. Non-descript rock music.

7. Lorenzo Cain: "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake. Smoother than LoCain flagging down a line drive in center.

8. Mike Moustakas: "You Wanted More" by Tonic. What? It's a good guitar riff.

9. Alcides Escobar: "Bowtie" by Outkast. I don't know. Feels like it fits. (Andy McCullough)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
#ibelieve (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I...don't think I would've given Buxton for Upton, Gray for Fister. I think you came out behind on name value as I think you could've gotten more.

Upton is a good player though, I hope it works out for you. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I...don't think I would've given Buxton for Upton, Gray for Fister. I think you came out behind on name value as I think you could've gotten more.

Upton is a good player though, I hope it works out for you. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Is it time to give up on Alcides Escobar from a hitting perspective?
(JJ from MPLS)
Nope. I was too high on him last year, but given his speed and really low BABIP, he should hit for a better BA this year. I just wouldn't expect any more power than what we have already seen. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)5X5 12 Team Mixed Keeper League. I am in 2nd, need BA and SB, and have weakness at 3B (Callaspo current starter) and SS (Aybar and Alcides Escobar) Have luxury of Byron Buxton in minors. Have been offered a million trades for him. Offered the following: Longoria (1 more year on contract at low price) Reyes (high priced, won't be kept) Michael Choice FOR Buxton Zach Lee Alcides Escobar Halladay (high salary) Haren (high salary) Am I not getting back enough? What is a fair asking price for Buxton at this point? Two superstars - one superstar and good prospect? Thanks for your chat!!
(mfenedick from FL)
That'd be a pretty nice deal. You get two superstars who help address your primary needs. That's exactly what you want if you trade away your big ticket prospect. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a points (basically R + H + TB + RBI + 2*SB - K) keeper league with salary appreciation. I've got Starlin Castro for a good price if he ever turns it back around, but I'm looking to compete this year. WW has Iglesias, Rutledge, Gregorius, Aybar, and Alcides Escobar. Should I try to trade for Reyes or Zobrist, pick up one of the WW guys (which one?), or just stick with Castro and find a different position to worry about?
(ravenight from Boston)
None of the waiver guys jump out as musts. If it's your weakest position, then I don't mind the idea of looking into trades, but don't get too narrowly focused on fixing SS and end up hurting other positions. (Paul Sporer)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Nick. Can Alcides Escobar continue to maintain his average around .300 and steal 40 bases in 2013?
(Aaron from Kansas City)
Seems high. Okay bat to ball skills but not enough pop to keep pitchers honest. Serviceable on-base skill set. I'd say something like .270/.310 BA/OBP is more likely. That means fewer stolen base opporunities so let's call it 25-30 SB. One of the more talented number crunchers here at BP can correct me if those projected SB should be higher or lower based on the BA/OBP and track record. (Nick Faleris)
2012-12-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Russell! It seems Alcides Escobar had a breakout year last year while hitting .293 to go along with 35 stolen bases. Do you expect him to build on this next year? Has he finally figured it out?
(John from KC)
The stolen bases will be there. The batting average is nice, but was fueled by a BABIP spike, and his walk rate didn't improve at all and there's little power. It was hardly a breakout year for him (0.8 WARP). Meh. (Russell Carleton)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)You were the first person to answer my twitter question, I know that sounds sad but I only follow prospect guys and a few nfl sportswriters. Plus, I have only tweeted 4 times in my life. I was wondering if you could give a little more info on why Alcides Escabar's UZR has varied so much from last year to this year? Is his defense still above average? How exactly is UZR calculated? Thanks, love the work.
(steve from lincoln)
Alcides Escobar's defense is outstanding. Period. I really don't care what his UZR says. Also, stop following the NFL. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the following SS for the rest of this year? Aybar, Alcides Escobar, Dozier? Does that ranking change for next year?
(Jimbo from High School Psych class)
Aybar and Escobar are close. I'll take Escobar, Aybar, Dozier for this year and next. (Derek Carty)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alcides Escobar is showing that there is some production in his bat. Can he keep up being not terrible on offense for a good part of his career?
(Jerry from Bass Boat)
A guy like that is always tough to project long-term. Hes a classic high-speed, low-walk guy. Some of these guys get lots of chances to play regularly (like Juan Pierre). Others dont (like Joey Gathright). Lucky for Escobar, he is a plus defender at a premium position, so I would wager between that, his speed, his youth, and his ability to hit for a decent enough batting average that hell get his fair share of chances. As long as he plays, hell be a fantasy asset, especially if a team lets him leadoff. (Derek Carty)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given what appears to be Gold Glove calibur/two-win defense, just how miserable can Alcides Escobar be with the bat to be an average starter? Above average?
(Sam from Missouri)
The league-average shortstop had a .255 TAv last year, which translates to a line of .260/.319/.372. That gives him a lot of leeway to stink it up at the plate and still be average, assuming his defense is as good as you stated. (Marc Normandin)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ned Yost said that he's more impressed with Alcides Escobar post trade than he was pre trade. What's his ceiling?
(Larry from Missouri)
Well, I would hope that's what he said, as opposed to the alternative of "I sure liked this guy a lot more before we went out and got him". He's not Yuniesky Betancourt, anyway, and that's a plus. Obviously, Escobar had a tough 2010, but I think there's more there. He increased his walk rate and lowered his K rate from his short 2009 debut, and i can't imagine that his BABIP stays at .246 forever. I think he's a good bet to bounce back this year, at least to the level of a solid starter, and his good defense and potential for steals factors into that. (Mike Petriello)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Professor - I know the minor league SS ranks are a bit thin, but what about the guys who have already been promoted? Who out of this group do you like to have the best MLB career - Starlin Castro, Elvis Andrus, Alcides Escobar or Reid Brignac?
(bretsayre from nj)
Best career: Overall, I'll say Andrus. I don't think Castro stays at SS or he would be my choice. (Jason Parks)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)You gave your opinion on the Garza deal...did you ever weigh in on the Greinke deal? Your thoughts?
(Chris from wild blue yonder)
It's almost a trick question, because Greinke is good enough, or if he rebounds is good enough, that unless you trade something very special for him, you're not going to get anything like fair value. Dropping Betancourt in the deal is addition by subtraction, but the Royals might actually have traded down by acquiring Alcides Escobar, probably the most disappointing rookie of the year and a player whose peripherals doom him to hit .300 or contribute nothing. I don't think Cain hits enough to be a real contributor, Jeffress could be good in the pen, but that only gets you so far. That leaves Odorizzi (who I insist on thinking of--here's another Who reference for you--as "Odorono"), and what are the chances he turns into another Greinke? The Royals probably did as well as they could have given how they were being leveraged, but the deal just isn't that good. All win for the Brewers. (Steven Goldman)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What type of offensive numbers do you think we will see from Alcides Escobar over the course of his first full season as the Brewers SS?
(EGO from Berkshire County)
I'd say .270 with a handful of homers and 25 steals, while showing the potential for growth. (John Perrotto)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be more valuable this season at SS? Yunel Escobar, Alcides Escobar, or Everth Cabrera?
(Ozzie Smith from HOF)
I wish it would be Everth Cabrera, but it's going to Yunel Escobar. I like Alcides potential quite a bit, but if we're talking 2010 then I'm going with the good Yuni. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's a reasonable comp for Alcides Escobar?
(MkeFan from Milwaukee)
I had a scout throw out a Edgar Renteria comp recently, which I didn't hate. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Brewers really ready to part with JJ Hardy? Isn't he a good candidate to regress toward his mean in the second half? Where would he most likely end up (thankfully, not KC, as they solved their SS problem)?
(brewmeister smith from elsinore)
Hardy's just a good trade chip because they have Alcides Escobar ready to go, so it's a means of leveraging depth. Would offering him to the Red Sox, with all their pitching, make some sense? Could Hardy for Masterson and some non-top-ten prospect get it done? Seems light...but that sounds like a framework. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)What one move would put an NL Central team in the driver's seat? Was De Rosa enough? I still hold out hope that the Reds are going to get a bat, but I suspect I'm kidding myself.
(jromero from seattle)
I think the division is the Cardinals' to win, even with the twin wild cards of sorting out what they'll get from Troy Glaus and Khalil Greene this season. If the answer is 'nothing,' that's where I begin to wonder if the Brewers won't take a chance and add a starting pitcher. That said, if they entertain offers from Alcides Escobar, here's hoping that they get a hurler under contract through at least 2010. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Alcides Escobar or Elvis Andrus? Who has more value in 4 years?
(Birdfan01 from LA)
I'll take Escobar. I think they're pretty much equal offensively, and Escobar gets the nod with the glove. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)brewers send escobar to orioles for sherrill
(braden23 from madison wi)
Hmm. Not a bad offer on talent, Alcides Escobar could step right in, but I dont think the O's do that. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lately, I have heard Doug Melvin tout Alcides Escobar as one of the better prospects in the brewers system??? Really???
(JT from MKE)
That's really more indicative of the Brewers system being down right now than Escobar being good. Melvin might paint it positively, but I doubt he's hoping Escobar is his shortstop of the future. (Bryan Smith)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJquinton82 (NY): Heres a few topics: 1) Madison Bumgarner's missing velocity 2) First top 25 prospect to get called up, who & when? 3) The next Jimmy Rollins is...? 4) Word association - Yogi Berra ...discuss amongst yourselves

1) Either he's hurt, or he left it in his other pants. Like lost car keys, missing velocity is always in the last place you look.

2) Well, with Jason Heyward, Neftali Feliz, Brian Matusz and Alcides Escobar breaking camp, this doesn't seem like that big a deal, but I'll go with Buster Posey, May 9, after Bengie Molina sprains some fat.

3) ...taller than Rollins and hopefully blessed with a better OBP.

4) Provider of great book titles by cool people, including our own It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over and friend Emma Span's 90% of The Game Is Half Mental, which is one of this spring's funniest baseball books.

Speaking of Yogi, I read a quote the other day that was attributed to him: "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." Alas, that quote has also been attributed to one Johannes "Jan" L. A. van de Snepscheut, a Dutch computer scientist who taught at Caltech before bludgeoning his wife to death with an axe in 1994.

So there's a happy tale. (Jay Jaffe)
 

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