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The Milwaukee Brewers, like many clubs at this point in spring, are starting to shore up their 40-man and 25-man rosters. Part of the spring cleaning includes players being released. Kelvim Escobar was one such casualty today.
Kelvim Escobar is still waiting on his chance to make it back to the Majors. He thought he would get that shot with the Milwaukee Brewers, but it looks like that won't happen now. The club has officially released Escobar says Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Milwaukee had invited Escobar to camp, but they did not guarantee him a roster spot. With very little time on the mound this spring, Escobar failed to earn that roster spot. The Brewers were looking at him as a potential spot starter or number five guy in the rotation. It was a long-shot at best. Escobar is 36 years old and hasn't logged meaningful innings since 2007.
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Escobar was once a decent starter in the league. He spent the majority of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, but he spent five years with the Los Angeles Angels as well. In 12 Major League seasons, Escobar went 101-91 with a 4.15 ERA. While the ERA was not something to brag about, it was still 12 percent better than league average over that time. So, yes, he was decent but not great.
This may have been Escobar's last shot at making a big league roster. He has not even logged any Triple-A innings since 2009. The veteran righty suffered a torn shoulder on more than one occasion, and after numerous surgeries, he simply has not been able to make it back to the bigs. Despite the challenges, Escobar seems reluctant to call it a career. He hinted at the possibility of retirement back in 2010, but here he was in 2013 still trying to make a team. That slim hope may be completely gone now with today's cut.
Escobar was signed by the Blue Jays out of Venezuela back in 1992. At the time he was just 16 years old. Escobar made his professional debut at 18 with the Gulf League Blue Jays in 1994. From there, he spent three-plus years in the minors before making his Major League debut. Escobar was once one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Baseball America rated him the 67th best prospect in 1997. Now, he may be done for good.
In 2/3 of an inning of work this spring with the Brewers, Escobar gave up two walks, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and gave up a run. He finishes the spring (presumably) with a 13.50 ERA.