Consensus from independent evaluators is that the Red Sox -- who will receive minor-league pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree -- did well for themselves when they traded Jake Peavy to the Giants. A lot of the talk is about the team stockpiling arms that can be used in other deals.
Here's more on the two they got today:
Escobar, 22, was rated as the second-best prospect in the Giants' organization by Baseball America. A left-hander, he's 3-8 with a 5.10 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Fresno. This is his first season at Triple-A -- he had a combined 2.80 ERA in 26 appearances (24 starts) in High-A and Double-A last year -- and is highly enough regarded that it was believed Tampa Bay would have asked for him in a potential deal for David Price.
Escobar pitched for the World team in the All-Stars Future Game in Minnesota two weeks ago. He was listed as the 56th-best pitching prospect in all of minor-league baseball prior to this season by Baseball America.
Hembree, a 25-year-old right-hander, is the seventh-best San Francisco prospect, according to Baseball America, and has been the closer at Fresno for the last two years. He is 1-3 with 18 saves and a 3.89 ERA.
Both have been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Giants had high hopes for Escobar after the 22-year-old posted a 2.80 ERA with solid peripheral stats in 26 outings for Single-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond last season, even predicting he could be their first line of defense in the big league rotation. But Escobar’s stuff underwhelmed in the spring and he was 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA with Triple-A Fresno this season.
Hembree, 25, was unscored upon in nine games as a September call-up last season and had a 3.89 ERA with 18 saves while working as Fresno’s closer for a second consecutive season. But he was seen more as a Bobby Howry setup-type pitcher and hadn’t demonstrated enough consistency with his secondary stuff to jump back to the big leagues.