Lefty prospect Escobar named to Futures Game

Lefty prospect Escobar named to Futures Game

SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Edwin Escobar will be the Giants' representative in the 2014 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field. Escobar will be pitching for the World team.

MLB.com rates the 22-year-old as the Giants' second-best prospect, but he has struggled this season -- he's 3-6 with a 5.31 ERA in 81 1/3 innings during 15 starts at Triple-A Fresno.

This is his first season in the Pacific Coast League and its hitter-friendly parks. He was 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts last season at Double-A Richmond in the more pitcher-friendly Eastern League. In 16 appearances (14 starts) last season before being called up to Richmond, Escobar had a 2.89 ERA in 74 2/3 innings at Class A Advanced San Jose.

"It's obvious that he has the stuff," Fresno manager Bob Mariano recently told MLB.com. "You see flashes of it, and then at times you'll see where he gets deep in counts and makes mistakes."

This is the fourth consecutive year the Giants have had one representative in the Futures Game. Recent invitees as members of the Giants organization are Kyle Crick (2013), Tommy Joseph (2012), Gary Brown (2011), and Francisco Peguero and Zack Wheeler (2010). Matt Cain (2004) and Madison Bumgarner (2009) also played in the game as Giants representatives.

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.