KC Royals: A Look At The Royals Four All-Stars

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Jul 2, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) makes a throw to first for an out against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Alcides Escobar is well-known to ESPN viewers as a regular on the network’s “Web Gems” segment. He will make his first All-Star appearance this season.

Escobar has made a reputation for making spectacular plays in the field in his seven-year career, which continues this season.

Just take a look at the below video:

What’s scary is that Kansas City Royals fans think those plays are normal.

This season’s election to the All-Star game is his first All-Star nod in the 28-year-old Alcides Escobar’s career. It’s recognition that’s been long overdue.

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Royals manager Ned Yost has moved Alcides Escobar from the 9th place hitter in the lineup most of 2014, to the leadoff spot in 2015. He’s hitting .276/.314/.357 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 5 stolen bases, and 28 RBI’s.

Escobar is in his 5th season in Kansas City, and his 7th full season in major-league baseball. He came to the KC Royals in the now-iconic Zack Greinke trade, along with CF Lorenzo Cain, P Jake Odorizzi, and P Jeremy Jeffress.

Alcides Escobar immediately took over the Kansas City Royals shortstop position, and hasn’t surrendered it since. While Escobar’s contract expires this season, the team holds two option years on him in 2016 and 2017 for a total of $11.75 million.

KC Royals General manager Dayton Moore is almost certain to pick up those options at such a bargain price.

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