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Kelvim Escobar

New York Mets — No. --
Starting pitcher
Born: April 11, 1976 (1976-04-11) (age 33)
La Guaira, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
June 29, 1997 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     101-91
Earned run average     4.15
Strikeouts     1310

Kelvim Jose Escobar Bolivar (born April 11, 1976 in La Guaira, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the New York Mets. He bats and throws right-handed. He has previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1997-2003) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2004-2009).

In March 2008, Escobar revealed a tear in his right shoulder that required season-ending surgery.[1]

He only made one start in 2009 because of another shoulder injury.


Toronto Blue Jays

Escobar signed as an amateur free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992. He was rated the 2nd best prospect in the Flordia State League in 1996. He was also rated the 4th best prospect in the Blue Jays organization in 1996. Escobar made his major league debut on June 29, 1997 coming up as a reliever. He was able to save 14 games. For the next five seasons, he was being switched in and out of the bullpen. Over that period he had a record of 42-44 with 40 saves. In 2001, he became second on the Blue Jays all-time single season saves list with 38 saves. The Blue Jays finally established him as a starter in 2003. He started off 4-5 before the All-Star and 8-3 after the All Star break. He finished the season with a 12-8 record with 159 strikeouts and a 3.92 ERA.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Escobar signed a three-year $18.75 million dollar contract with the Angels as free agent before the 2004 season. He was slotted in as the Angels' second starter in 2004 going 11-12 with a 3.93 ERA. In 2005, he was hampered by injuries that allowed him to only start 7 games in 16 appearances. He went 3-2. In 2006, he went 11-14, with a 3.61 ERA. He was resigned to a three-year 28.5 million dollar deal with the Angels. In 2007. his breakout year with the Angels, he went 18-7 with a 3.40 ERA. During spring training of 2008, it was discovered that, Escobar had a right shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery. He was only able to make one start in 2008 and 2009.

New York Mets

On December 28, 2009, Escobar signed a 1 year contact with the New York Mets.[2] This deal will give him a $1.25M dollar base salary, with up to $3M total in incentives based on games pitched.[3]

Pitching Style

Escobar throws an 93-95 MPH four-seam fastball, an 90-92 MPH two-seamer, and a deceptive 83-85 MPH changeup. He has good command of a wide variety of other pitches, including an 79-83 MPH curve, and the occasional 86-88 slider or 85-87 MPH splitter. [4][5]

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