Thursday, August 13, 2009

NL KING Red Alert - Alcides Escobar Has Arrived!

Alcides Escobar, the 22 year old shortstop (turns 23 in October) has now arrived and will be the starting shortstop for the Brew Crew for the next few years starting today! Escobar in 109 Games in AAA was hitting .298, .353 OBP, 4HR, 34RBI, 76R, 42SB (in 52 attempts). Escobar also had 24 doubles & 6 triples. He is an awesome glove and while in fantasy terms that doesn't mean much, it does mean he should be the starter for the next few years, a la Elvis Andrus.

I see Escobar as a top of the order hitter who will give you strong runs and steals and below average power. Keep in mind guys that the power could come around towards the end of a players' early development (Don Mattingly never hit more than 12 HR in the minors for instance).  Having said that, don't expect more than low double digit HR and that could take a year or two. If Escobar is on your waiver wire grab him now.

NL King - C.Lizza

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