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Full Name: Kelvim Jose (Bolivar) Escobar Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/205 First Game: June 29, 1997
Birthdate: April 11, 1976 MLB Experience: 10 years
Birthplace: La Guaira, Vargas (Venezuela)
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Kelvim Jose Escobar Bolivar [ess-coe-BAR] (born April 11, 1976 in La Guaira, Venezuela) is a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2004-present). He bats and throws right handed.

Escobar throws a four-seam 97 MPH fastball, a two-seamer, and a deceptive changeup. He has good command of a wide variety of other pitches, including a lively split-finger, a nasty curve, and a slider that is a mainstay of his huge repertoire.

The normal trend has been to turn a starter into a dominant closer, such as Oakland did with Dennis Eckersley and the Braves with John Smoltz. But Toronto did the opposite. After six seasons of switching Escobar in and out of the bullpen, whether it be starting, holding or closing, the Blue Jays had decided to establish him as a starter in 2003. He had an 8-3 record in 14 starts after the All-Star break, and for the season, he posted a 12-8 record with 159 strikeouts and a 3.92 of ERA in 26 outings. Escobar is second on the Blue Jays all time single season saves list with 38, set in 2001.

Escobar signed as a free agent with Anaheim before the 2004 season. As the second starter in the Angels rotation, Escobar went 11-12, but led his team in ERA (3.93), strikeouts (191, a career high), WHIP (1.29) and innings pitched (208.1, also a career high).

Through the 2007 season, Escobar has compiled a 101-90 record with 1305 strikeouts and a 4.15 ERA in 1502.0 innings.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1997 TOR A 27 0 3 2 2.90 36 12 10 0 0 14 31 28 1 19 2 0 0
1998 TOR A 22 10 7 3 3.73 72 37 33 0 0 0 79.2 72 5 35 0 0 0
1999 TOR A 33 30 14 11 5.69 129 118 110 1 0 0 174 203 19 81 2 6 10
2000 TOR A 43 24 10 15 5.35 142 118 107 3 1 2 180 186 26 85 3 4 3
2001 TOR A 59 11 6 8 3.50 121 51 49 1 1 0 126 93 8 52 5 2 3
2002 TOR A 76 0 5 7 4.27 85 39 37 0 0 38 78 75 10 44 6 4 5
2003 TOR A 41 26 13 9 4.29 159 94 86 1 1 4 180.1 189 15 78 3 9 9
2004 ANA A 33 33 11 12 3.93 191 91 91 0 0 0 208.1 192 21 76 2 9 7
2005 ANA A 16 7 3 2 3.02 63 21 20 0 0 1 59.2 45 4 21 1 4 2
2006 ANA A 30 30 11 14 3.61 147 93 76 1 0 0 189.1 192 17 50 2 7 4
2007 ANA A 30 30 18 7 3.40 160 79 74 3 1 0 195.2 182 11 66 2 9 3
Total 410 201 101 90 4.15 1305 753 693 10 4 59 1502 1457 137 507 28 54 46

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1997 TOR A P 27 0 31 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1.000
1998 TOR A P 22 10 79.2 2 4 0 0 0 1 13 0 0 1.000
1999 TOR A P 33 30 174 6 11 1 1 0 1 21 11 2 .944
2000 TOR A P 43 24 180 10 15 1 1 0 3 17 3 2 .962
2001 TOR A P 59 11 126 6 8 1 0 0 1 18 1 1 .933
2002 TOR A P 76 0 78 1 9 0 0 0 2 8 3 0 1.000
2003 TOR A P 41 26 180.1 15 18 2 2 0 1 24 2 1 .943
2004 ANA A P 33 33 208.1 16 24 0 1 0 1 24 4 1 1.000
2005 ANA A P 16 7 59.2 5 4 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 .900
2006 ANA A P 30 30 189.1 7 18 0 2 0 1 14 10 0 1.000
2007 ANA A P 30 30 195.2 13 18 2 4 0 1 17 3 0 .939
Total P 410 201 1502 81 131 8 12 0 13 163 41 7 .964

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1997 TOR A 27 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 TOR A 22 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 TOR A 33 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2000 TOR A 43 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
2001 TOR A 59 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 TOR A 76 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 TOR A 41 6 1 1 0 1 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2004 ANA A 33 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 ANA A 16 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2006 ANA A 30 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2007 ANA A 30 6 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
Total 410 26 1 3 0 1 .111 .111 .111 0 0 0 13 0 2 0 0 0

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Toronto Blue Jays (July 9, 1992).
  • Granted free agency (October 26, 2003).
  • Signed by Anaheim Angels (November 24, 2003).

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