Two shortstops, no walks: Twins infield duo refuses to draw a free pass this season

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One question facing the Twins coming into the season was whether they’d stick with Eduardo Escobar at shortstop or go with Danny Santana there after he thrived as a rookie playing out of position in center field. First-year manager Paul Molitor decided on Santana and has used Escobar in a super-utility role in both the infield and outfield.

And neither guy has drawn a walk all season.

Here’s a list of the MLB hitters with the most plate appearances without drawing a walk this year:

94 – Danny Santana, Twins
62 – Eduardo Escobar, Twins
30 – Geovany Soto, White Sox

They’re lapping the field.

Santana’s last walk came on September 20 of last season, which was 122 plate appearances ago. Escobar’s last walk came on September 3 of last season, which was 111 plate appearances ago. Together during those 233 combined plate appearances Santana and Escobar have totaled 60 strikeouts and zero walks (and a .625 OPS).

And as Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press notes, Escobar also failed to draw a walk in 61 spring training plate appearances and Santana drew a grand total of one walk in 59 spring training plate appearances. Add it all up and they’ve drawn one walk in their last 353 plate appearances.

To put that in some context: Bryce Harper has already drawn 24 walks in just 113 plate appearances this season. Their teammate, Joe Mauer, leads the Twins with 13 walks in 110 plate appearances. Across baseball 55 different hitters have drawn at least 10 walks this year. And there are 19 different pitchers who’ve drawn walks as hitters this season.

Santana and Escobar? They keep hacking.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.