By Jason Shetler
According to the Bradenton Marauders Twitter account, pitcher Luis Escobar will be headed to the AA level to pitch for the Altoona Curve.
Since joining the Pirates organization in 2013 as an amateur player from Colombia, Escobar has been emerging as one of better prospects for the Bucs. As a matter of fact, MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the fourth best pitching prospect in the system behind Mitch Keller, Shane Baz and Taylor Hearn. He represented the Pirates in the MLB Futures Game last year.
Prior to the promotion, Escobar threw the fourth most innings in the Florida State League at 92.2, while posting a 3.98 ERA. He also had 85 strikeouts, which were tied for third most in the league. Escobar has the ability to pump his fastball into the upper-90’s. His secondary offerings include a plus curveball, with plenty of swing and miss action, and a changeup that keeps improving. While Escobar does have solid stuff overall, command can be his own worst enemy at times. He’ll need to iron out those issues, if he wants to remain a starter moving forward.