Over the past few weeks it seems like there’s been a tug of war match between Escobar and future hall-of-famer Derek Jeter for top batting average among short stops. At the moment there is a stalemate between the two, both being at .311, however Alcides is in the top 10 in BA in the American League while Jeter didn’t make the list.
It’s also no surprise that the Venezuelan born short stop is Gold Glove worthy.
In the Saturday showdown against the Twins, in which both teams payed homage to the Negro Leagues sporting 1920 KC Monarchs uniforms for the Royals while the Twins rocked 1909 St. Paul Colored Gophers, with a man on first, a ground ball was struck to Escobar who was playing slightly right of second, he scooped it on the run, stumbled on his way to second, stepped on the bag, the jumped and awkwardly threw to first to complete the double play.
Overall, I’d say most Royals fans were upset with the Zack Greinke trade, and I’ll admit I was at the time. Clearly the Royals still need starting pitching, but it’s hard to argue with what the Royals got out of that deal: An All-Star caliber short stop in Escobar, a pretty studly Lorenzo Cain who has been on fire since returning from the DL, and a very promising pitcher in Jake Odorizzi who appeared in the Futures Game this year.
There are many people who believe that once Jeter hangs up his cleats, Alcides Escobar will be the new face of MLB short stops. 23 year MLB veteran Omar Vizquel has praised Escobar many times. If you get praised by Omar Vizquel, then you’re clearly doing something right.
As Alcides continues to grow into his body, we may see those numbers continue to rise. Hopefully he’ll finish the season stronger than Jeter and just may win a Gold Glove Award.