Escobar with the Kansas City Royals
|Kansas City Royals – No. 2|
December 16, 1986 |
La Sabana, Venezuela
|September 3, 2008 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||299|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alcides Escobar (born December 16, 1986) is an 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".
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. 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. The extension covers his final pre-arbitration season and his three arbitration-eligible seasons. The club options cover his first year of free agency.
Escobar started playing baseball when he was barely four years old, and said he idolized fellow Venezuelan Omar Vizquel. Also, Escobar's first cousin, Kelvim Escobar, was a MLB pitcher.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- "MLB.com Top 50 Prospects"
- "Interview with his wife"