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Luis Escobar

Born: 05/30/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 205
Body: Lean frame, average build, long levers, mild slope to broad shoulders; some thickness around waist, sturdy lower half

Arm Action: Free and easy action, plus arm speed; slight wrist wrap at back of arm circle

Delivery: High three-quarter release, moderate body tilt; high leg kick, drop-and-drive; moderate effort, falls off to glove side
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 08/14/2016
Affiliate West Virginia Black Bears (Short Season, Pirates)
Dates Seen 7/12/16
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2020
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 90-92 92 Downhill trajectory from release, slight run, predominantly plays straight, stays flat when elevated; control over command, neither is average at present; works heavily to glove-side, some ability to spot it arm-side; maintains velocity from stretch; room for velocity growth with body development, maturity
SL 50 83 84 Vertical tilt, limited sweeping action, will flash late bite; lacks sharpness, struggles with control, heavy usage to glove side; greater feel, tightened break can push to average
CH 50 84 86 Maintains arm speed; shows feel for pitch, will flash average with slight fade and depth; can cut it glove-side, misses are low, elevates in zone at present
CONTROL 45     Struggles to limit walks, lacks consistency locating off-speed offerings in zone at present

COMMAND: 20/45
Shows some feel for offspeed offerings, though consistency wavers; fastball can be scattershot

Signed out of Colombia, Escobar is a projection right-hander with the potential for an average three-pitch mix. His fastball sits 90-92 with downhill trajectory from release, with inconsistent present command despite a demonstrated ability to throw it for strikes. Another couple ticks of velocity as he strengthens can push it to a plus offering. His offspeed pitches both project to average, albeit with questionable control and command and a long lag to get there. The slider has more vertical tilt than sweep, flashing late bite but lacking sharpness at present. And the change flashes fade with depth, with some occasional cut when yanked glove-side.

Development of control and command are the largest concerns going forward, as his tendency to work across his body makes average future command unlikely. Gains will be tied predominantly to consistency with his fastball, and if the control does get into fringe-average territory there's potential for a back-of-rotation starter. More likely he fits best as a long man in the bullpen.

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