Escobar went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's exhibition against Philadelphia. Escobar plated a run in the second inning on a fielder's choice and laced an RBI single into left field to score Jonathan Villar in the third. He's off to a strong start with Baltimore and will aim to keep it rolling as he attempts to earn a utility role with the big-league club.
Escobar joined the Orioles at their spring training facility Tuesday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Escobar had struck an agreement to join the Orioles on a minor-league deal over the weekend but needed a couple of days to get his travel arrangements in order before reporting to camp. He'll be only a day behind his fellow position players, so the delay shouldn't impact Escobar's ability to make the club. After mostly serving as an everyday shortstop for Kansas City the past eight seasons, Escobar will be competing for a utility gig with the big club and looks on track to fall well short of the 500 plate appearances he's cleared every year since 2009.
Escobar signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training Saturday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports. The veteran averaged 155 games per season in eight seasons with the Royals and was a key part of Kansas City's back-to-back pennant runs in 2014 and 2015, though he's never done much at the plate. Over 11 big-league seasons, he's hitting .258/.293/.343 with just 41 homers. He'll join one of the easiest rosters to break into in the league, though the Orioles may prefer to give at-bats to younger players.
Escobar is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Escobar will take a seat for the second straight game despite a six-game hit streak in which he is 9-for-22 with two doubles and a walk. Hunter Dozier grabs another start at third base for the Royals, batting sixth.
Escobar is not in Saturday's starting nine against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Escobar will get a breather after starting each of the last four games. Hunter Dozier draws the nod at the hot corner and will bat fifth.