Escobar with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Born: April 11, 1976|
La Guaira, Venezuela
|June 29, 1997, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 6, 2009, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
|Earned run average||4.15|
In March 2008, Escobar revealed a tear in his right shoulder that required season-ending surgery. After missing all of the 2008 season, Escobar spent the first few months of 2009 in the minors. He returned to the majors on June 6, 2009, but made only one start before his career ended due to another shoulder injury.
Toronto Blue Jays
Escobar signed as an amateur free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992. He was rated the 2nd best prospect in the Florida State League in 1996. He was also rated the 4th best prospect in the Blue Jays organization in 1996. Escobar made his major league debut on June 29, 1997 coming up as a reliever. He was able to save 14 games. For the next five seasons, he was being switched in and out of the bullpen. Over that period he had a record of 42–44 with 40 saves. In 2001, he became second on the Blue Jays all-time single season saves list with 38 saves. The Blue Jays finally established him as a starter in 2003. He started off 4–5 before the All-Star and 8–3 after the All Star break. He finished the season with a 12–8 record with 159 strikeouts and a 3.92 ERA.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Escobar signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Angels as a free agent before the 2004 season. He was slotted in as the Angels' second starter in 2004 going 11–12 with a 3.93 ERA. In 2005, he was hampered by injuries that allowed him to only start 7 games in 16 appearances. He went 3–2. In 2006, he went 11–14, with a 3.61 ERA. He was resigned to a three-year 28.5 million dollar deal with the Angels. In 2007. his breakout year with the Angels, he went 18–7 with a 3.40 ERA. During spring training of 2008, it was discovered that, Escobar had a right shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery. He missed the entire 2008 season and made one start in 2009.
On December 28, 2009, Escobar signed a 1-year contract with the New York Mets. This gave him a $1.25 million base salary, with up to $3 million total in incentives based on games pitched. Escobar tore his capsule in his right shoulder before he threw a pitch for the Mets, and did not appear in any major or minor league games for the franchise.
On January 10, 2013, Escobar signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers after a strong showing in the Venezuelan Winter League. Escobar was invited to Spring training, and was released on March 10, 2013, having made only one appearance in the Cactus League. Five days prior, he was diagnosed with a nerve impingement above his right hand that had not shown any improvement up to his release.
Escobar threw a 93–95 mph four-seam fastball, a 90–92 mph two-seamer, and a deceptive 83–85 mph changeup. He had good command of a wide variety of other pitches, including a 79–83 mph curve, and the occasional 86–88 slider or 85–87 mph splitter.
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