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Birth Date12-16-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age31 years, 9 months, 7 days
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WARP Summary

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 -0.6 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 -2.6 0.0
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 -1.8 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 -9.3 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 1.0 -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 -3.5 2.4
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 7.0 1.7
2016 KCA 29 162 682 637 57 166 24 6 7 223 27 96 3 5 10 55 17 4 .261 .292 .350 .227 5.8 0.8 0.7
2017 KCA 30 162 629 599 71 150 36 5 6 214 15 102 4 4 7 54 4 7 .250 .272 .357 .223 3.1 10.0 1.3
2018 KCA 31 136 514 469 50 105 22 3 4 145 28 74 5 4 8 32 8 2 .224 .273 .309 .214 -4.0 -9.6 -1.4
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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.
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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 .256 .317 101 -0.6 15.6 6.4 5.9 2.9 24.3 2.9 24.3 2.9
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 .258 .370 95 3.1 8.6 3.6 5.2 3.0 18.4 2.3 18.4 2.3
2007 HUN AA 62 245 .254 .263 .334 .403 .264 .323 94 -1.9 8.5 3.9 -2.2 0.1 10.7 0.9 10.7 0.9
2008 MIL MLB 9 4 .348 .260 .330 .428 .265 .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 .257 .367 108 10.3 17.7 7.6 14.0 6.1 41.7 5.6 41.7 5.6
2009 MIL MLB 38 134 .250 .268 .334 .424 .266 .346 99 -1.4 3.9 1.8 -0.6 1.7 5.9 0.5 5.9 0.5
2009 NAS AAA 109 487 .282 .273 .342 .413 .277 .326 87 11.5 14.1 5.9 -4.6 5.0 36.4 3.1 36.4 3.1
2010 MIL MLB 145 552 .224 .258 .324 .403 .268 .264 96 -20.2 15.2 6.8 -2.6 1.0 2.8 0.0 2.8 0.0
2011 KCA MLB 158 598 .235 .261 .321 .410 .261 .285 108 -14.6 16.1 7.4 -1.8 0.7 9.6 0.8 9.6 0.8
2012 KCA MLB 155 648 .252 .256 .317 .408 .260 .344 103 -5.3 17.7 8.2 -9.3 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 .264 .264 100 -34 16.9 7.8 1.0 2.2 -7.2 -0.7 -7.2 -0.7
2014 KCA MLB 162 620 .255 .256 .315 .391 .261 .326 102 -3.1 16.0 7.4 -3.5 5.3 25.6 2.4 25.6 2.4
2015 KCA MLB 148 662 .224 .255 .314 .409 .260 .286 101 -23 17.9 8.2 7.0 5.3 8.4 1.7 8.4 1.7
2016 KCA MLB 162 682 .227 .257 .316 .415 .254 .295 103 -22.8 19.3 8.9 0.8 0.4 5.8 0.7 5.8 0.7
2017 KCA MLB 162 629 .223 .256 .320 .428 .257 .291 104 -24.3 18.4 8.5 10.0 0.6 3.1 1.3 3.1 1.3
2018 KCA MLB 136 514 .214 .248 .318 .415 .261 .256 103 -23.7 14.4 5.5 -9.6 -0.2 -4.0 -1.4 -4.0 -1.4

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 5.9 2.9
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 5.2 2.3
2007 HUN AA 245 27 64 5 4 1 28 11 36 4 3 .283 .309 .354 .071 .254 10.7 -2.2 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 14.0 5.6
2009 MIL MLB 134 20 38 3 1 1 11 4 18 4 2 .304 .333 .368 .064 .250 5.9 -0.6 0.5
2009 NAS AAA 487 76 128 24 6 4 34 32 65 42 10 .298 .340 .409 .112 .282 36.4 -4.6 3.1
2010 MIL MLB 552 57 119 14 10 4 41 36 70 10 4 .235 .288 .326 .091 .224 2.8 -2.6 0.0
2011 KCA MLB 598 69 139 21 8 4 46 25 73 26 9 .254 .290 .343 .089 .235 9.6 -1.8 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 -9.3 1.4
2013 KCA MLB 642 57 142 20 4 4 52 19 84 22 0 .234 .259 .300 .066 .205 -7.2 1.0 -0.7
2014 KCA MLB 620 74 165 34 5 3 50 23 83 31 6 .285 .317 .377 .092 .255 25.6 -3.5 2.4
2015 KCA MLB 662 76 157 20 5 3 47 26 75 17 5 .257 .293 .320 .064 .224 8.4 7.0 1.7
2016 KCA MLB 682 57 166 24 6 7 55 27 96 17 4 .261 .292 .350 .089 .227 5.8 0.8 0.7
2017 KCA MLB 629 71 150 36 5 6 54 15 102 4 7 .250 .272 .357 .107 .223 3.1 10.0 1.3
2018 KCA MLB 514 50 105 22 3 4 32 28 74 8 2 .224 .273 .309 .085 .214 -4.0 -9.6 -1.4

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 2445 0.4793 0.5239 0.7892 0.6894 0.3716 0.8564 0.6744 0.2108 0 0.000000
2017 2235 0.4989 0.5217 0.7899 0.6942 0.3500 0.8553 0.6607 0.2101 0 0.000000
2018 1845 0.4791 0.5014 0.7914 0.6946 0.3236 0.8616 0.6527 0.2086 0 0.000000
Career204630.50240.49410.81290.64820.33940.87810.68710.1871603.85220.0039

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
2018 KCA $2,500,000
2017 KCA $6,500,000
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
8 yrPrevious$22,583,500
2018Current$2,500,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$25,083,500
9 yrTotal$25,083,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 82 dPeter Greenberg1 year/$2.5M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2018). Re-signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/26/18. Performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $75,000 each for 125, 150, 175, 200, 225, 250, 275, 300, 325, 350, 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600 PAs. Award bonuses: $0.1M for MVP or WS MVP.
  • 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. Kansas City exercised 2017 option 11/16.
  • 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.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .250 .292 .341 .228
11 vs R (Multi) .265 .295 .345 .230
18 Split (Multi) .015 .004 .004 .002
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .222 .264 .320 .206
31 vs R (2016) .273 .301 .360 .234
38 Split (2016) .051 .037 .039 .028
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here's hoping a new contract is in the works... Thoughts on whats up with Amed Rosario? Improvements coming, or more struggles to come?
(Barry Bannon from SWFC)
I fear they are going to have sell someone and I suspect it might be Banners over Forestieri. Rosario's issues have stuck out more in part because of the quick transitions of dudes like Soto, Acuna and (especially) Gleyber. That's not to say he's been good, or even able to sustain the flashes of adequacy, but it puts it in starker relief. It's also a bit unfair since his bat was always significantly rawer than those dudes, and the Alcides Escobar season was always a decent possibility for 2018. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)Mondesi and Profar? Any hope for them in 2018?
(Chris from Baltimore)
I definitely have hope for Mondesi. Unfortunately the Royals' love affair with Alcides Escobar continues, but Mondesi has the kind of speed that makes him interesting in fantasy even if he doesn't get a full season. I think Profar might have just missed too much time and suffered too much from the shoulder injuries. He's only 25 this month, but I don't think he's the same guy we were all excited about 5 years ago, and I don't know when - or if - he's going to get a full-time shot to show us what he can be in the majors. (Darius Austin)
2017-07-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What would you do if you were running a team like the Royals or Twins, who are technically contending but don't look like the raw talent favorites to win their races? Buy aggressively to improve your odds or not waste resources? How does that decision swing if you're the Royals (last gasp) or the Twins (beginning of contention cycle)?
(jfegan from Chicago)
If I were the Royals I'd definitely try to go for it this year. As you indicated, they have a ton of free agents leaving after this season and they already drained their farm system completely supporting their World Series run (and whiffing hideously on Top Ten draft picks).

They also have a bunch of dudes with an OPS below .600 (Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Brandon Moss, etc.) so even a modest acquisition could represent a significant upgrade. They're going to be bad for a long time anyway, and they're like a game out of the Wild Card. Might as well go for it.

The Twins pitching is really, really bad and they don't have much help on the way. I think if I were running the Twins I'd hope they lose like 7 in a row so I have cover to deal Ervin Santana. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rosario now up to .349/.396/.493 in 91 Gs (361 AB) since his promotion to AA last year. Pretty stellar. Where does he fall in line with the current crop of major league shortstops?
(Paul from Jersey)
I have heard comps all over the place on Rosario, from all-star level guys (Correa, Bogaerts) to Alcides Escobar, who has been a solid regular at times, but is...not those first two. He's certainly on the same prospect tier as guys like Correa, Bogaerts, Seager, Lindor were, but I don't think the shape of his production ends up neatly fitting into any of those boxes. I also am not entirely sure what the ultimate offensive profile looks like other than "It'll be good." Could also change a lot throughout his twenties. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)WHo has the better career: Swanson, Rosario, or Crawford?
(AJ from Queens)
I'd still bet on the raw tools of J.P. Crawford. (Still not a scout!) Rosario could be the worst of the three and still be pretty good ... I've always imagined him as more of an Alcides Escobar type, but if he has more power, then great. (Bryan Grosnick)
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. He's a classic high-speed, low-walk guy. Some of these guys get lots of chances to play regularly (like Juan Pierre). Others don't (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 he'll get his fair share of chances. As long as he plays, he'll 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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