Royals' Alcides Escobar named 2015 ALCS MVP

Following the Royals' series-clinching Game 6 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night (KC 4, TOR 3), Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar was named the 2015 ALCS MVP.

Alcides Escobar put the bat on the ball in the ALCS.



Alcides Escobar put the bat on the ball in the ALCS. (USATSI)

During the six-game series against Toronto, Escobar batted .478 with six runs scored and five RBI out of the leadoff spot. As well, Escobar struck out just twice all series and of course provided standout defense at shortstop. Those offensive numbers constitute a big improvement over Escobar's regular-season outputs in 2015, as he batted just .257/.293/.320.

Escobar, 28, becomes the fourth Royal to win ALCS MVP, as he joins Lorenzo Cain last year, George Brett in 1985, and Frank White in 1980.

Escobar took after fellow team member Lorenzo Cain in turning into the second in a row Royal to procure ALCS MVP respects. Both were a piece of the 2010 exchange that sent pitcher Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers - an arrangement that set up Kansas City's keep running of progress.

Notwithstanding a lousy on-base rate, and propel measurements that keep running against standard way of thinking, Escobar has prospered subsequent to coming back to the Royals' leadoff spot in late September.

His inclination for swinging at the first pitch all of a sudden made Yost resemble a virtuoso when he opened Game 1 with a first-pitch twofold off Marco Estrada. He singled again the following night in his first at-bat, and tripled under the glove of Jose Bautista initiating Game 3.

At that point, he demonstrated his velocity by opening the Royals' defeat in Game 4 with a shock hit fair hit off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, in the long run running home on Ben Zobrist's grand slam.

On the whole, Escobar saw six contributes those initial four at-bats.

''I need to go to home plate and be forceful, attempting to swing at a strike,'' he clarified prior in the arrangement. ''What's more, I'm benefiting truly at this time. Keep on being the same gentleman.''

Escobar grounded out on the first contribute from Estrada Game 5 on Wednesday, and in his first at-bat against David Price on Friday night. Be that as it may, he extended his postseason hit streak to 10 recreations with a solitary in the seventh, and appeared to start the Royals' bats all arrangement.

''He's somewhat of an impetus at the highest point of the request,'' Yost said. ''More than whatever else, he just raises his diversion this season of year on account of his core interest. He just heightens his core interest.''

His hostile flare-up hadn't lessened his extraordinary protection, either.

Escobar's plunging catch of Russell Martin's hit with runners on first and second in the second inning of Game 2 has turned into a postseason highlight-reel staple. He made a just as noteworthy plunge to catch reliever Ryan Madson's toss for a power at a respectable halfway point.

''When I'm going to the field each diversion in the postseason, my primary concern is I need to win. I need to do as well as can be expected,'' Escobar said. ''Also, at this time I'm truly engaged and I feel better than average at home plate.''
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