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Alcides Escobar

Alcides Escobar
Escobar with the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals – No. 2
Shortstop
Born: (1986-12-16) December 16, 1986
La Sabana, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2008, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .262
Hits 939
Home runs 24
Runs batted in 299
Stolen bases 145
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Alcides Escobar (al-SEE-thess esko-BAHR) (born December 16, 1986) is a Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop with the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. He was born in La Sabana, Venezuela. He previously played for the Milwaukee Brewers. His defensive prowess has earned him the nickname "El Mago".

Contents

  • Baseball career 1
    • Milwaukee Brewers 1.1
    • Kansas City Royals 1.2
  • Personal life 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Baseball career

Milwaukee Brewers

Escobar was signed at age 16 as an international free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003 for $35,000.[1]

Escobar with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009.
In 2007, he split time between Single-A and Double-A, playing 63 games in Single-A Brevard County and 62 games in Double-A Huntsville. He hit a combined .306 with one home run and 53 RBIs.

In 2008, Escobar played mostly for the Huntsville Stars. On September 1, 2008, when rosters expanded, Escobar was called up to the Majors for the first time and made his debut two days later as a defensive replacement at shortstop. He picked up his first hit in his first career at-bat in the same game, a single against Scott Schoeneweis of the New York Mets.

Before the 2009 season, Baseball America rated Escobar the 19th best prospect in baseball. In 2009, Escobar appeared in the All-Star Futures Game as the starting shortstop for the World team. During the game, he went 2-for-4 and scored the go-ahead run. On August 12, Escobar was called up to the Brewers from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to replace J. J. Hardy, who had been optioned down. He made his first major-league appearance of the season that night, pinch running for Prince Fielder in the bottom of the 9th against the San Diego Padres. Escobar stole second base, also advancing to third on a throwing error.

After the end of the 2009 season, the Brewers traded Hardy to the Minnesota Twins, making Escobar the starting shortstop for the Brewers in 2010. Before the 2010 season, Baseball America rated Escobar the 12th best prospect in baseball.

Kansas City Royals

On December 18, 2010, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals with Lorenzo Cain, Jeremy Jeffress, and Jake Odorizzi for Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt.[2] He is currently the starting shortstop for the Kansas City Royals.

On March 15, 2012, Escobar signed a four-year, $10 million extension through 2015 with club options for 2016 and 2017 with the Royals. If both options are exercised, Escobar could earn $21.75 million. Escobar, who was slated to earn $519.5 K in 2012, will instead earn $1 million in 2012 and $3 million a year from 2013-2015. His 2016 option is worth $5.25 million and has a $.5 million buyout. His 2017 option is worth $6.5 million and has a $.5 million buyout.[3] The extension covers his final pre-arbitration season and his three arbitration-eligible seasons. The club options cover his first year of free agency.[4]

In 2014, Escobar, along with Evan Longoria, Hunter Pence and Freddie Freeman were the only players in the MLB to start in all 162 regular season games for their respective teams.[5] He finished the season hitting .285, with 74 runs scored, 50 RBIs, and 31 stolen bases.[6] The Royals advanced to the 2014 World Series, where they lost to the San Francisco Giants in seven games.

During the 2015 ALCS, Escobar set a postseason record by getting a leadoff hit in four consecutive games in the series. He was selected as the 2015 ALCS MVP as he batted .478 throughout the series.[7] In Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run on the first pitch thrown by the New York Mets' Matt Harvey.[8] It was the first time any player had hit an inside-the-park home run in a World Series game since 1929. He followed by driving in two runs and scoring once on two hits in Game 2 as the Royals took a 7-1 victory and a 2-0 series lead.[9] In Game 5 of the World Series, the Royals were up 3 games to 1 and Escobar hit a double in the 12th inning allowing the Christian Colon to score to help the Royals defeat the New York Mets 7-2 in twelve innings making the 2015 Kansas City Royals World Series Champions. In the 2015 postseason, Escobar hit .329 with 70 at bats. He had 23 hits including four doubles and three triples, 13 runs scored, and 9 RBIs.[10]

Personal life

Escobar started playing baseball when he was barely four years old, and said he idolized fellow Venezuelan Omar Vizquel.[1] Also, Escobar's first cousin, Kelvim Escobar, was an MLB pitcher.[11]

References

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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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