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2023 Cubs player profiles: Edwin Escobar

Edwin Escobar has spent seven years in Japan. Perhaps he’s learned something.

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Edwin Escobar has spent seven years in Japan after some lackluster time in MLB organizations. He’s had some coffee with the Red Sox and Diamondbacks, but that’s about it, and he’s a lifetime negative bWAR player with about 25 MLB innings under his belt.

Presumably, the Venezuelan southpaw came cheap, and not at the cost of a 40-man spot. He’s been around and failed to make the big club repeatedly. He’s been passable in NPB though, to the tune of a 3.17 ERA, 22-23 record, 383 strikeouts and 143 walks in 392⅔ innings. He’s 31 and change, and frankly, I’m not expecting much. Anthony Kay had a better pedigree and we’re all glad he’s gone, but one never knows.

NPB isn’t on the same page as MLB. We’ve seen over and over that people who are very successful at that level don’t often translate to major-league success. The only exceptions I can think of off the top of my head are Marcus Thames and Miles Mikolas. I don’t doubt that there are more but they don’t come to mind immediately.

There won’t be celebrations in the streets but Escobar might help at some point, if he’s brought up because of injury or something.

It’s just not very likely that he’s an MLB-quality pitcher at this point, as he never was before. But I’m willing to be surprised.

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