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Pirates Sign Colombian Pitcher Luis Escobar

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 17-year-old, right-handed pitcher Luis Escobar out of Colombia. He stands 6′ 0″, 175 pounds and was born on May 30, 1996. Escobar has been on their radar for a while now and recently showed strong improvements in his fastball velocity, leading the team to sign him. Due to his age, he was eligible to sign since last July 2nd, but the recent strong progress he has shown, makes him one of the more interesting players they have signed this year.

Escobar was originally a third baseman, converting to the mound last year when his coach realized his arm was his best asset and the switch would help him to gain the interest of scouts. Back in November, he was throwing his fastball in 87-90 MPH range, but he’s now throwing 91-94 MPH. He also features a change-up and a curveball that has potential to be a good pitch, though he needs to work on the release.

Escobar hasn’t reported to the Pirates Dominican facility yet, but will take part in the Dominican Republic Instructional League. He has been playing in the Colombian Development Baseball Tournament and was regarded as one of the best pitchers there.

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BuccosFanStuckinMD

I’d imagine the odds are slim to none, but wouldn’t the recently defected Cuban first baseman Abreau look good in our lineup? I heard he may command $60 million over 5-6 years. If he is as good as advertised, that would not be a bad deal.

Lee Young

Pirates have about as much chance at getting Abreu as Barmes has of becoming a batting champion!

Jmho

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IC Bob

Thats funny and accurate.

Jeremy J Stein

And when was this reported? hehe 🙂

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