CHARLESTON, WV - The Pirates sent right-handed pitcher Luis Escobar to pitch in the MLB Future's Game during the All-Star break last month, with Escobar serving as the team's lone representative. He pitched a scoreless inning, sitting 94-97 MPH with his fastball, and touching 98. He was also overthrowing some of his pitches, and throwing a lot of balls in the process, with only seven strikes in 16 pitches.
After that outing, Escobar returned to West Virginia and got to work with pitching coach Drew Benes on some mechanical changes. It's not that they hadn't been working on adjustments all year. They definitely had been, since day one of Spring Training. But this time, Benes found something that seemed to click with Escobar.
A Lot of Power and No Control
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