Buried Treasure Top 30 Prospects
#26 - Elvis Escobar
Measurables: 5'9, 165
Bats: L, Throws: L
Acquired: IFA, 2011
Buried Treasure 2012 Top 20: Not Ranked
Like #27 prospect Harold Ramirez, Escobar is one of four prospects in Pirates system history to play stateside in their first professional season. In respect to bonus amount, Escobar wasn't as highly touted as Ramirez, receiving a bonus just north of half-a-million dollars. Along with Ramirez, Escobar maned the GCL outfield in 2012.
Escobar played in 56 games, receiving 220 plate appearances. He posted a .274/.338/.374 triple-slash and hit 2 home runs, 4 triples, 5 doubles, and 41 singles, calculating out to a .100 ISO. Escobar walked 8.2% of the time, very good for a young latin american prospect, but he also stuck out 20.9% of the time, a fairly high number. Overall, Escobar had a very impressive first season for a 17 year-old in the GCL.
Escobar has above-average speed and an above-average arm, giving him an outside chance of sticking at center, but he fits better as a tweener defensively. Offensively, Escobar has a polished bat and approach and showed solid power for someone his age and slight stature in his first season. Overall, like Ramirez, Escobar's upside his limited, but he could definitely be a solid major league player one day.