Luis Escobar (baseball)

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Luis Escobar
Pittsburgh Pirates
Born: (1996-05-30) May 30, 1996 (age 23)
Cartagena, Colombia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 13, 2019, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average7.94

Luis Alberto Escobar Hernandez (born May 30, 1996) is a Colombian professional baseball pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Professional career[edit]

Escobar signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent in July 2013.[1] He made his professional debut in 2014 for the DSL Pirates and spent the whole season there, posting a 2–4 record and a 4.75 ERA in 13 games started. In 2015, he played for both the GCL Pirates and the West Virginia Black Bears, pitching to a combined 2–1 record, 3.83 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP in 13 starts, and in 2016, he returned to the Black Bears, posting a 6–5 record and 2.93 ERA in 15 games (12 starts).

Escobar was on Colombia's roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic but did not play.[2] Escobar represented the Pirates in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game.[3] He spent the 2017 season with the West Virginia Power where he posted a 10–7 record and a 3.83 ERA with 168 strikeouts in 131.2 innings pitched (26 games, 25 starts).[4] The Pirates added him to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[5] He split the 2018 season between the Bradenton Marauders and the Altoona Curve, going a combined 11–6 with a 4.14 in 127 innings. He opened the 2019 season with Bradenton, before being promoted to the Indianapolis Indians on May 9.[6]

On July 6, 2019, the Pirates promoted Escobar to the major leagues.[7] He made his major league debut on July 13, striking out one batter over two scoreless innings in relief.[8] Escobar was designated for assignment on November 20, 2019, and outrighted to AAA on November 27.[9]


  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates' Luis Escobar caps year on top for West Virginia Black Bears – News – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball".
  2. ^ Stephen Nesbitt (July 8, 2017). "Meet Luis Escobar, the Pirates' quiet pick for the MLB All-Star Futures Game". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Adam Berry. "Escobar to show power stuff at Futures Game". Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Luis Escobar Stats, Highlights, Bio – Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Biertempfel, Rob. "Pirates put Austin Meadows on 40-man roster; Gift Ngoepe traded".
  6. ^ Nubyjas Wilborn (July 6, 2019). "Right-handed reliever Luis Escobar set to make his big league debut for the Pirates". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Pirates Place Trevor Williams On Paternity List, Make Four Other Roster Moves". CBS Pittsburgh. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Nubyjas Wilborn (July 13, 2019). "Reliever Luis Escobar has solid showing in MLB debut". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  9. ^ RotoWire Staff (November 27, 2019). "Pirates' Luis Escobar: Outrighted to Triple-A". Retrieved November 27, 2019.

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