Edwin Escobar Could Be a Welcome Addition in the Red Sox Rotation

Edwin EscobarThe left-handed Edwin Escobar was recalled on the morning of August 10th after the 19-inning affair, but did not see any game time due to the seven-inning effort of Rubby De La Rosa against the Los Angeles Angels on that Sunday afternoon. The bullpen was not taxed much thanks to the young starter, but we also did not get to see what Escobar could bring to the table.

So far, the 22-year-old has shown some great poise in the Boston Red Sox farm system with two six-inning starts, five strikeouts in each, while walking no more than two in an outing. He also has a 1.50 ERA with one run allowed in each no-decision.

The lefty had trouble this year in Tripe-A Fresno after posting three straight sub-3.00 ERA seasons in the San Francisco Giants, but he has shown why he was the No. 2 prospect in the Giants farm system in 2014.

The youngster does not have much of a fastball, but he does mix his four pitches well, according to scouts. A pitcher with four quality pitches would be a welcome bottom of the rotation starter who should be able to get the job done on a regular basis.

The Red Sox still have a long way to go in the rebuilding process to be a contender in 2015, but Escobar is an option they have for at least a spot start or two. He is still a couple seasons away from being the fifth starter in this rotation, but it will be interesting to see what management has in story for the lefty when the rosters expand in September.

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