by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has enjoyed a fabulous month of April. Escobar is batting .290/.337/.452 in 102 PA’s. He’s tied with Alex Gordon and Billy Butler for the team lead in home runs with 3. His fielding has also been terrific, reversing last year’s anomalous negative ranking in Ulitmate Zone Rating. Currently his UZR/150 (extrapolating his UZR rating over 150 games) is an outstanding 13.5. Overall, Escobar is tied with P James Shields for the team lead in fWAR value at 1.0 after 23 games, a pace which would put him over 7.0 fWAR for the season.
Folks, that’s superstar-level performance.
Obviously, it’s only been one terrific month which I don’t really expect him to maintain. We should still recognize Alcides Escobar’s outstanding play. I suspect pitchers James Shields or Ervin Santana will win “player of the month” honors for the team, but Escobar should at least be in the discussion.
More significantly, this month’s performance suggests that E...