Edwin José Escobar Hernandez (born April 22, 1992) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Edwin Escobar
Escobar with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars
Yokohama DeNA BayStars – No. 62
Born: (1992-04-22) April 22, 1992 (age 27)
La Sabana, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
MLB: August 27, 2014, for the Boston Red Sox
NPB: April 2, 2017, for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record1–2
Earned run average7.01
NPB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record11–12
Earned run average3.36


Texas Rangers/San Francisco GiantsEdit

The Texas Rangers signed Escobar as an international free agent in 2008.[1] Then in 2010, he was sent to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor leaguer Ben Snyder.[2]

The Giants added Escobar to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season.[3] He started the 2014 season with the Fresno Grizzlies.[4][5]

Boston Red SoxEdit

The Giants traded Escobar and Heath Hembree to the Boston Red Sox for Jake Peavy on July 26, 2014.[6] He was called up to the Red Sox on August 10,[7] and returned to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox the next day. Escobar was recalled on August 27, 2014,[8] and pitched a scoreless 8th inning in his Major League debut in Toronto against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was designated for assignment on April 20, 2016, to make room on the active roster for William Cuevas.[9]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed Escobar off waivers, and optioned him to the Triple-A Reno Aces.[10] The Diamondbacks promoted Escobar to the major leagues to make his first major league start on May 30, 2016.[11]

Cleveland IndiansEdit

On November 18, 2016, the Cleveland Indians claimed Escobar off waivers. Escobar was designated for assignment on January 5, 2017 to make room on the 40-man roster for Edwin Encarnación.[12] He was released on January 10, to pursue a pitching opportunity in Japan.[13]

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham FightersEdit

On January 11, 2017, Escobar signed a one-year, $775,000 with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball.[14][15]

Yokohama DeNA BayStarsEdit

On July 7, 2017, Escobar was traded to the Yokohama DeNA Baystars.

Personal lifeEdit

Escobar is son of shortstop José Escobar, as well as cousin of shortstop Alcides Escobar, and pitchers Kelvim Escobar and Vicente Campos.[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Giants never lost sight of top prospect Escobar". CSN Bay Area. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Giants trade LHP Ben Snyder to Texas for LHP Edwin Escobar". San Francisco Giants. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Giants put pitcher Chris Heston, four others on 40-man roster | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Fresno Grizzlies' prized pitcher Edwin Escobar flashes skills". Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Bruce Jenkins (March 1, 2014). "Good day for Giants prospects Edwin Escobar, Gary Brown". SFGate. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Report: Giants to acquire Jake Peavy from Red Sox". NBC Sports. July 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Red Sox Call Up Lefty Edwin Escobar". Boston Globe. August 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Ross, Jamie (August 27, 2014). "With bullpen taxed, Escobar earns promotion". MLB.com. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  9. ^ MiLB.com
  10. ^ "D-backs claim Edwin Escobar from Boston; designate Matt Buschmann for assignment". MLB.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2016/05/30/diamondbacks-edwin-escobar-see-positives-debut-loss/85175796/
  12. ^ Bastian, Jordan (January 5, 2017). "Indians sign free agent Edwin Encarnación to a three-year contract". mlb.com. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  13. ^ Todd, Jeff (January 10, 2017). "Indians Release Edwin Escobar To Pursue Opportunity In Japan". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "[1/11/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Edwin Escobar". yakyudb.com. January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Fighters acquire lefty Escobar". japantimes.co.jp. January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Pelota Binaria website

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