Edwin Escobar will be the lone man representing the San Francisco Giants organization at the Futures Game today as part of the All-Star Games activities. The game begins at 2pm Pacific time. According to Giants Potential, Escobar will pitch 3rd as part of the World Team as they face the US Team.
Escobar is a left-handed pitcher and is the #2 prospect in the Giants organization behind Kyle Crick, who represented the Giants in the 2013 Futures Game. Escobar has struggled this season with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, going 3-8 with a 5.06 ERA, however he fairs much better against left-handed batters than right-handed batters. He also struggled in this year’s Spring Training for the Giants, posting a 5.19 ERA in his 8.2 innings pitched.
— GIANT Potential (@giant_potential) July 13, 2014
However, despite his struggles this season it’s likely we’ll see him in San Francisco before the season is over once rosters expand in September since he’s already on the 40-man roster. Escobar should be heading to Minneapolis with some confidence however. He’s coming off one of his best starts on July 9th, pitching 5 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits.
Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles put together a list of all the Giants who have participated in the Futures Game since 1999. I’d say Escobar is in pretty good company.
A list of Giants participants in the Futures Game since the event started in 1999:
Kyle Crick (2013)
Tommy Joseph (2012)
Gary Brown (2011)
Francisco Peguero, Zack Wheeler (2010)
Madison Bumgarner, Angel Villalona (2009)
Nate Schierholtz, Angel Villalona, Kevin Pucetas (2008)
Henry Sosa, Brian Bocock (2007)
Nick Pereira, Pablo Sandoval (2006)
Marcus Sanders, Merkin Valdez (2005)
Matt Cain, Merkin Valdez (2004)
Merkin Valdez (2003)
Francisco Liriano (2002)
Jerome Williams, Cody Ransom (2001)
Kurt Ainsworth (2000)
Giuseppe Chiaramonte, Jason Grilli (1999)