When you talk about potential All-Stars, KC Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar‘s name doesn’t usually come up. Everybody wants to Vote Moose (Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas) to the American League team, but what about Escobar? Outside of having less homeruns and RBIs, he is more deserving.
Escobar has similar offensive numbers to the NY Yankees’ Derek Jeter. Escobar doesn’t have the power (just two homeruns), but he does leads AL shortstops with 19 doubles (along with leading the Royals). He also has speed: 12 stolen bases to being caught just twice.
Escobar is the only Royals hitter with a batting average over .300. His .315 average leads all AL shortstops and sits in the top ten in the AL in hitting.
He has made eight errors in 70 games (317 chances), which is definitely a negative. His other downside is the lack of plate discipline (just nine walks to 43 strikeouts).
Escobar plays on a team that doesn’t have a potent offense and normally bats ninth in the Royals order. That limits the amount of RBI and run scoring chances.
I would like to see the Royals have more than one player representative at Kauffman Stadium for the All-Star Game on July 10th. Right now, I think Escobar is quietly stating a case for himself, but he needs your help. At the last official count, he was 5th in the league in voting with just 880,111 votes, way behind Jeter’s 4-plus million and Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus with 2-plus million (and the AL manager is Rangers manager Ron Washington).
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