If you missed it, 21 year-old Edwin Escobar (#17 on our Cove Chatter Top 40 prospects) continued his dominance in AA Richmond Friday night. The Venezuelan lefty has been impressive since his promotion from San Jose in mid-July. On Friday, he threw 7 shutout innings against New Hampshire, allowing only one baserunner (a ground ball single) while striking out six. It was Escobar’s second straight start of 7-inning shutout ball. The game recap didn’t go into much detail, but it sounds like he spent most of the night blowing fastballs by New Hampshire’s lineup, and induced quite a few groundouts. There’s a video clip of Escobar in his previous start on the Richmond homepage. In the short clip, he strikes out an Akron hitter with three fastballs. He works from a low three-quarter release, and is definitely a strike thrower.
Escobar now has five AA starts under his belt, and owns a 2.32 ERA in 31 IP. His k/bb rate is very good as well – 32/5. Escobar was the first pitcher from the highly-touted San Jose rotation to earn a promotion, and his impressive start in Richmond is very good news for a Giants organization badly in need of pitching in the upper minors.
Escobar isn’t the only top prospect that’s been promoted to AA this season, so I thought we’d check in on the progress of the other new Flying Squirrels.
Angel Villalona: 1B | 33 g, .250, 7 2b, 6 hr, 25 rbi, 5 bb, 35 – Villalona’s power has shown up so far in the EL, but plate discipline is still a major issue. Only hitting .189 over his last 10 games.
Cody Hall: RHP | 11 g, 16 ip, 2-0, 1.69 era, 3 bb, 14 k, 5 sv – Hall has been Richmond’s closer since his promotion from San Jose, and has been dominant. He and his fastball are moving up the ranks quickly.
Josh Osich: LHP | 10 g, 12 ip, 0-2, 7.50 era, 8 bb, 14 k, 2 sv – Osich hasn’t had the same success as his hard-throwing partner Hall so far, but he can be unhittable when he’s on. We’ll see if he can settle down a bit in the season’s final months.