Luis Escobar is going to have a buzz around his next start after striking out 23 batters through 11 innings in his first two games. It will be something similar to what Mitch Keller had after three starts last year when he had 23 strikeouts over 15 shutout innings. Escobar has walked just one batter, while Keller didn't give up a walk until his fourth start. The two pitchers weren't much different in the overall rankings going into their West Virginia season.
We have Escobar as our 18th best prospect now, which is just one spot below the #19 spot we gave him in the 2017 Prospect Guide. He moved up a spot after Josh Bell lost his prospect status. Keller was ranked #18 coming into last year. For both players, we noted that they had huge breakout potential, although I'll admit Keller excee...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.