In an MLB Futures Game (4 p.m. Sunday, MLB Network) noted for its particularly loaded rosters, a relatively under-the-radar, Low-A prospect is the Pirates’ lone representative.
Luis Escobar, 21, has been called a sleeper in the Pirates’ system, with mid-90s heat and a curve and changeup that have shown to be trustworthy at times. He’s had issues with command and control (he is 21). His numbers don’t pop off the page this season -- 4.64 ERA at West Virginia, though that’s with 100 strikeouts and 33 walks in 75 2-3 innings.
Pitchers generally get one inning apiece in the Futures Game, so Bucs fans can look out for him somewhere in a sea of (pretty deserved) hype around Nick Senzel, Rafael Devers, Mauricio Dubon, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Yoan Moncada, Amed Rosario, Eloy Jimenez and Victor Robles.
Might we see a guy the Pirates will soon trade for? I don’t know, probably not! Unless Gerrit Cole goes on the trading block, which he won’t.
Will we see a guy the Pirates could have traded for, but can no longer? Yeah (Robles), depending on who you believe!
Keep it locked right here for more non-answers!