By Jason Shetler
On Thursday, the U.S. and World rosters were announced for the 2017 MLB Futures Game. Pirates prospect Luis Escobar is one of the pitchers who will represent the World Team. The game is July 9th at Marlins Park in Miami, and will be televised on MLB Network.
Escobar was signed by the Pirates out of Colombia in 2013. The 21-year-old right-hander entered this season as the 13th best prospect in the Pirates system according to MLB Pipeline.
This year marks Escobar’s first full season of pro ball. In 71.2 innings pitched for the West Virginia Power, his ERA is 4.77, but he has more favorable metrics, with a 3.93 Fielding Independent Pitching and a 3.46 xFIP, while holding opposing hitters to a .223 average. Escobar has also racked up 97 strikeouts, which are currently most in the South Atlantic League. There’s a decent chance that he could be promoted to Bradenton before the season is over.