Luis Alberto Escobar...Has one son; Tyler Andres (9/30/17)... Enjoyed playing soccer during his childhood and his favorite baseball player was Josh Beckett...Hobbies include cooking, fishing and playing video games...Signed by Pirate scouts Rene Gayo and Orlando Covo.
Went 2-1 with four saves and a 3.29 ERA (68.1ip/25er) in 34 minor league games (five starts)...Began season in the bullpen with High-A Bradenton, where he did not allow a run in 10 appearances (13.1ip) while going 3-for-3 in save opportunities thru 5/6...Earned his first professional save in his third outing on 4/11 vs. Charlotte...Threw 41 pitches while picking up his third save in his final game with the Marauders on 5/6 at Clearwater...Was promoted to Indianapolis and made his Triple-A debut on 5/10 at Lehigh Valley; struck out two of the three batters he faced while earning the save...Made his five starts between 5/19 and 6/11 and was charged with one run or less in each outing (22.1ip/4er - 1.61 ERA)...Pitched a season-high 5.1 innings on 6/11 vs. Buffalo...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 7/6... Made his Major League debut on 7/13 at Chicago (NL) and pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief...Made three scoreless outings (3.2ip) before giving up five runs in 2.0ip on 7/24 vs. St. Louis; was optioned back to Indianapolis on 7/25. Posted a 7.41 ERA (17.0ip/14er) in his last 10 games with Indianapolis after producing a 2.61 ERA (38.0ip/11er) in his first 14 Triple-A games thru 7/29.
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the Pittsburgh organization... Went 11-6 with a 4.14 ERA (128.1ip/59er) in 24 total games (23 starts) between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona...Ranked sixth in Pirates organization with 110 strikeouts and tied for fifth in wins...Posted a 1.65 ERA (16.1ip/3er) in his first three starts with Bradenton...Allowed a season-high six earned runs in 4.0ip on 4/25 vs. Tampa...His lone "relief" outing was a 6.0-inning scoreless stint in relief of Joe Musgrove, who was on an MLB rehab assignment...Went 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA (19.2ip/4er) in three starts between 5/17 and 6/4...Pitched 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed two hits in win on 6/20 vs. Clearwater...Had 12 straight decisions (6-6 record) between 4/25 and 7/1...Had season-high nine strikeouts on 7/6 vs. Fort Myers...Ranked tied for third in Florida State League in strikeouts, fourth in innings pitched and fourth in opponents' batting average (.224) at time of his promotion to Altoona on 7/16...Made Double-A debut on 7/18 vs. Bowie (6.0ip/3er) and picked up the win....Also won his second Double-A start on 7/24 at Akron...Pitched a Double-A high 6.1 innings while winning final start with the Curve on 8/22 vs. Harrisburg...Was placed on suspended list on 8/25 for violating club policies and missed remainder of season.
Led South Atlantic League in strikeouts while spending entire season with West Virginia...Also led the league in wild pitches...Led Pirates minor league system in strikeouts... Was a member of the World Team at the MLB Futures Game in Miami on 7/9...Gave up a total of two runs in his first two starts (11.0ip) and went 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA (27.1ip/10er) in his first five assignments thru April...Made his lone relief appearance (fourth career) on 5/26 and tossed 1.0 scoreless inning...Posted a 1.32 ERA (27.1ip/4er) in five starts during the month of July...Was credited with a complete game and shutout in his final outing on 9/2 at Delmarva; the game was called after 5.0 innings due to rain.