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Can Alcides Escobar continue offensive success?

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05:56 PM ET 05.01 | The shortstop for the Kansas City Royals, Alcides Escobar, seemingly has settled into the second spot in the batting order. After a rare 0-4 game last night against Cleveland (only his 6th 0-fer in his first 23 games), Escobar's batting average sits at .290., just below his .293 mark in 2012. As we all know, there is more to being a successful hitter in the major leagues than batting average. Has Escobar turned into a valuable major league hitter? Twenty-three April games, and only 102 plate appearances is certainly a small sample size but there are some real positive signs that Escobar is starting to put some things together that will make him a viable offensive player in the majors. He has been ever so slightly more patient thus far, walking seven times (not counting the one time he was walked intentionally). That puts his Base On Ball Rate at 6.9 percent for the season thus far, which if maintained throughout the season, would be a career high. Now this number is not a great one (it should be close to 10 percent), but it is a significant increase from the 4.2 percent over his previous two seasons with the Royals. It follows a path of improvement in this area every single season since 2010, his first full season in the majors.

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May 2, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Zzzzzzzzz...

May 2, 2013  04:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Zzzzzzzzz...

Oh Lord, won't you buy me an Alcides Benz,

my friends all have better shortstops,my fantasy team must make amends,

worked hard on my mockdrafts, the best SS drafted by friends,

Oh Lord, won't you buy me an Alcides Benzener

May 2, 2013  04:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Oh Lord, won't you buy me an Alcides Benz,my friends all have better shortstops,my fantasy team must make amends, worked hard on my mockdrafts, the best SS drafted by friends,Oh Lord, won't you buy me an Alcides Benzener

..............um Benz

 
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