Found February 07, 2013 on
Kansas City Royals
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For three years fantasy owners had been praying for Alcides Escobar to contribute somewhere (anywhere!) to justify rostering him and his potential. In 2011 we saw Escobar start to scratch the surface of his fantasy value, stealing 26 bases and scoring 69 runs while not doing much of anything else. Last year Escobar sneaked (because “snuck” isn’t a word, folks!) inside the top 100, finishing at 58th overall on the strength of 35 steals and a .293 average.
While Escobar’s stats have shown annual improvement at a perennially shallow position, it’s probably a good idea to pump the brakes a tad. Last year his strikeout rate jumped to 15.4% after sitting at 12.7% and 12.2% in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and he’s one of the worst on-base guys in baseball due to some terrible sub-5.0% walk rates. If there is a positive to be gleaned from Escobar’s 2012 performance, it’s his line drive rate, which peaked at 23.0% last year, a new career high.
With his speed and line drive/ground ball tenden...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Kansas City Royals could be a surprising team in 2013. Or they could be just as bad as ever. The starting rotation will likely be the determining factor in any success or failure the team sees this year. And two of the biggest parts of that rotation have major injury question marks.
As I wrote when the trade was made, there is a good chance Ervin Santana was pitching...
In a few days, the Royals begin their 2013 season in Surprise, Arizona. The pitchers and catchers report early next week and the position players a few days later. While there was optimism last year, the team believes 2013 is the year they will contend in the American League Central.
The Royals focused their offseason on starting pitching, trading for starting pitchers Ervin Santana...
George Sherrill is yet another pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery
and attempting to come back from the operation in a new uniform. The
Kansas City Royals signed Sherrill as a free agent to a low risk contract on
December 7. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, and much to
the Royals delight, the former Orioles closer threw free and easy Friday in a
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Former Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer holds no bitterness toward the organization that fired him last October after four years on the job.
But Seitzer does take issue with some of manager Ned Yosts comments regarding his overall hitting philosophy.
I thought I left on very good terms with Ned, Seitzer told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. But I will disagree with...
James Shields was traded this off season from the Rays to the Royals. He has been known for his durability over the years. Spanning the last two seasons, he is first in complete games with 14. Also, he is second to Justin Verlander in innings thrown. The durability and consistency he is known for may be coming to an end. At the end of the last season, he showed signs of breaking...
Ben and Sam preview the Royals` season with Craig Brown, and Pete talks to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger (at 26:26).
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: November 19, 1982
Drafted: 27th round, 820th overall, 2004 (Giants)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Ohio Dominican University
Agent: Tom O’Connell
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