The Pirates have added their second big International signing during this year’s July 2nd signing period. The signing of Elvis Escobar, a 16 year old centerfielder from Venezuela was announced today by Ben Badler from Baseball America. The 5′ 9″ 165lb left-handed Escobar signed for $570,000 joining Harold Ramirez who signed yesterday for $1.05 M.
Escobar is described as having above average baseball instincts and a feel for hitting. He is an average runner with a solid arm but both are predicted to be plus tools down the road.He also comes from a baseball family with his dad, brother and three cousins all playing pro ball. The knock on him is his small stature and possible low ceiling due to that.
Baseball America predicted him to get the 23rd highest signing bonus of this year’s International signing period.
The international signing tracker has been updated.