By Jason Shetler
According to John Dreker of Pirates Prospects, outfield prospect Elvis Escobar has joined the West Virginia Power roster today.
Escobar signed with the Bucs out of Venezuela in 2011 for a signing bonus of $570,000, which was the second highest bonus for a Pirates amateur signee that year behind outfielder Harold Ramirez, who was inked for $1 million.
The 19-year-old Escobar spent last season for Jamestown, as he batted .268 along with a .643 OPS and stole nine bases in 56 games. He has played all three outfield spots, but has played majority of the time in right field. That’s likely where he will play at mostly for West Virginia since Harold Ramirez is slated to play left with Austin Meadows in center, once both of them come back from their injuries.
The Pirates must be pretty high on Escobar as a prospect, as he played in the Venezuelan Winter League this past offseason, which Dreker says is pretty impressive considering that it consists mostly of AAA and some big league players.