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KC Royals: Five Players to Watch in First Series Vs Cleveland Indians

Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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KC Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) – Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
KC Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) – Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

ALCIDES ESCOBAR

Alcides Escobar has given the Kansas City Royals a lot during his time as a Royal, but this season he is struggling at the dish. Sure, a lot of the team is struggling too, but Escobar isn’t even batting above the Mendoza line.

Escobar has a slash line of .189/.222/.253, which is awful. He’s not seeing pitches and is being incredibly impatient at the plate. He’s also yet to steal a base this season, but part of that could also be that he’s barely been on base so far.

There was one game a few series ago where in three at-bats, Esky only saw five pitches. He’s not getting good at-bats and it’s hurting his team.

This is the first appearance that Alcides Escobar has made on my “Five Players to Watch” series and he’s been left off all season long because he’s just not producing. He wasn’t as bad as some guys like Brandon Moss or Travis Wood, but now Esky can’t keep hiding. Time to start pulling his weight for this team.