Kansas City Royals’ Alcides Escobar Is AL’s Most Underrated Shortstop
Many great players go unnoticed in a small-market town, but the latest insults dealt to numerous Kansas City Royals are totally ridiculous. I just finished writing about the All-Star voting for Alex Gordon, but while naming other Royals who seemed worthy of All Star honors, I fittingly omitted one name that often gets unfairly left out of such conversations. Alcides Escobar is an already-impressive, still-evolving shortstop, and he’s hitting .292 with 25 stolen bases through the first half of the 2014 schedule.
After recording a career-low batting average of .234 last year, he now looks primed to return to the level of productivity we witnessed in 2012 — a season in which he hit .293 and stole 35 bases. Alcides is one of KC’s most reliable bats when it comes to hitting for average, and it should go without saying that his defense is top-notch. With Escobar doing everything in his power to prove himself as an elite shortstop, why is he receiving so few All-Star votes?
Just like other highly successful Royals Alex Gordon and Greg Holland, Alcides is nowhere close to contention in All-Star voting. Blame fans for not voting enough, blame ESPN for not getting him enough national pub or blame whoever you want. Just know that Escobar is absolutely the most underrated shortstop in MLB. Also much like his successful Royal teammates, Escobar will be perfectly content flying under the radar as one of the best infielders in the game. It should only be a matter of time before he shows up on too many highlight reels to be ignored.