Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects: #17

#17. Edwin Escobar – LHP, 21 yo, Hi-A: Escobar is a left-handed starting pitcher from Venezuela who is really coming into his own these days. Originally signed by Texas, he came to the Giants in a trade for Ben Snyder in 2010. Snyder never made it to the bigs, and Escobar put up some impressive numbers in Lo-A last season (2.96 ERA, 122k/32bb in 22 starts). He’s been even better in San Jose this year, posting a k/9 of 11.4 and a bb/9 of 2.0 (both career bests) through his first 13 starts, with an ERA sitting in the low 3’s. He tosses a low-90’s fastball, and I think the Giants have a real sleeper here if he can continue his progression of the past year and a half.