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Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby Geek » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:27 am

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In his first game action since surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder, Escobar faced seven hitters in a minor-league game against the Cubs’ Triple-A team.

Escobar consistently reached 95 mph on one radar gun, topping out at 96 mph on one of his last pitches in the first inning. He allowed one hit in the first (a sinking liner to center field by former major-leaguer Luis Rivas that became a triple when the Angels’ centerfielder came up empty on a dive), struck out the leadoff man in the second then gave up a single and a walk before the inning was cut short.

“Oh man, I knew I felt good. I knew the ball was coming out of my hand good,” Escobar said when informed of his gun readings. “I’m surprised with myself because I feel so good.

“I know myself very well. I knew I had good velocity in the ‘pen (while warming up). I heard that ‘vvvvt.’ I could feel the ball was coming out of my hand with good life.”

In all, Escobar threw 34 pitches — only 18 for strikes with the minor-league umpire calling a tight zone.

“I think what happened is I feel so good I was trying to throw too hard sometimes,” Escobar said.

Escobar is likely to be on a five-day routine like the rest of the Angels’ prospective starters for the rest of spring training. The window for his potential return to the rotation could now open before the end of April.

“I think I’ve tested my arm every time this spring and it’s feeling good,” Escobar said. “For now, I’m going to just focus on my mechanics instead of waiting — is this going to hurt? is there to going to be a pinch?

“Just focus on my mechanics and making good pitches.”

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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby CRedsLarkin11 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:04 pm

Well that's it. I'm in a deep league and my pitching depth sucks, I have a DL spot open so I'm taking a shot...also heard he may be back by May 1st
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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby PavanoAllstars » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:54 pm

The news surrounding Escobar is almost too good to be true, he's 3 months ahead of schedule, and indeed may pitch before may 1st... I have him stashed on the DL... why not?
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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby Geek » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:25 pm

Reminder of Escobar's 2007 numbers:

Games started: 30
IP: 195.2
K: 160
W/L: 18-7
WHIP: 1.27
ERA: 3.40
K/9: 7.36
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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby dc928 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:47 pm

Geek wrote:Reminder of Escobar's 2007 numbers:

Games started: 30
IP: 195.2
K: 160
W/L: 18-7
WHIP: 1.27
ERA: 3.40
K/9: 7.36



Yeh Escobar is pitching for a good team and if healthy he will give you No. 2 numbers.....I will consider him to be a sleeper.
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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby masarume » Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:25 pm

Drafted him as a late round flyer.
I have 4 dl spots in this league. gonna stash him and mcgowan.
Hopefully one will pan out by the fantasy playoffs
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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby Cyclone177 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:48 pm

Would you guys drop Chris Young for him?

Escobar had another strong outing today. Young got shelled but said he felt good...

Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) retired 10 of the 11 batters he faced in a minor league game Saturday.
Escobar is hoping to face major league hitters in one of the Angels' two exhibition games next weekend. "I think it’d be good for me if I get to face big-league hitters and the environment - the stadium, the lights and everything," said Escobar, who is aiming for a late May return to the starting rotation. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since the 2007 ALDS.

Chris Young lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up six runs Saturday against the Giants.
Young is supposed to be regaining arm strength after skipping a start 10 days ago, but if today's results were any indication, it isn't happening. He has a 10.38 ERA in 13 innings this spring, and it's starting to look like he won't be an option in fantasy leagues at the beginning of the season.
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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby Geek » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:11 am

I don't know if I'd drop Young. I've made it a point to avoid drafting him. The only good thing about him is that he can be described as "C. Young."
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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby Cyclone177 » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:17 am

I went ahead and dropped C. Young. :-b I got Smoltzy and Escobar ready to stash on my DL, if only they would hurry up and designate them as DL guys. I figure maybe C. Young will be there after they get DL'd, and if not I kind of like that Aaron Cook and Ian Snell. I didn't think Escobar would last much longer.

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Re: Kelvim Escobar hits 96 on the gun!

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:33 am

fyi, young usually has bad spring stats.
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