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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 94: Kevin Escorcia

After a two-year stop in Kannapolis, this lefty reliever is ready to move up in the system

Big ups: Escorcia took a little bit of time, but seems to have found his footing as a future bullpen piece.
Kim Contreras (@Cu_As)/South Side Sox

Kevin Escorcia
170 pounds
Throws: Left
Age: 24
SSS rank among all left-handed relief pitchers in the system: 8

Escorcia, like fellow former White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, is a hurler hailing from Colombia. After signing a minor league contract with the Sox on Jan. 28, 2013, his first two seasons were spent in the Dominican League, where Escorcia did exceptionally well. Combining for 99 2⁄3 innings for the DSL in 2013 and 2014, Escorcia posted a 1.90 ERA and 1.00 WHIP as he allowed just 70 hits (.202 OBA) and 30 walks (7.7%) while striking out 109 (28.1%).

Escorcia struggled in 2015 with the AZL White Sox, which perhaps had as much to do with learning a new culture than anything else. That year for the AZL Sox in 35 innings, he compiled an uncharacteristic 6.17 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in surrendering 48 hits (.331 OBA) and 14 walks (8.62%) while fanning 34 (21.0%). Despite fighting his control, Escorcia had a much better season in 2016 with Great Falls, as he posted a 4.06 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in that difficult pitching environment; in his 24 1⁄3 innings for the Voyagers, he relinquished 15 hits (.176 OBA) but 18 walks (17.0%) while punching out 27 batters (25.5%).

Although Escorcia posted a solid year with Kannapolis in 2017, he returned to the Intimidators in 2018 and posted better results, with a 2.66 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 44 innings — allowing 39 hits (.238 OBA) and 19 walks (10.1%) while striking out 62 (33.0%).

Escorcia’s repertoire includes an upper 80s-low 90s fastball which has some sinking action, a 79-80 mph slider with nice breaking action and a plus mid-70s curveball that is a knee-buckler. Lefties hit .262 against his offerings this year, while righties hit just .223, so Escorcia really doesn’t have a LOOGY profile. His GO/AO ratio for his career is 1.47, which is a testament to the quality of his sinking fastball, while his 28.3% career whiff rate speaks to the quality of his curve and slider.

Look for Escorcia to finally get his assignment to Winston-Salem for the 2019 season.

Take a look!

Both videos courtesy of Future Sox.

2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

94. Kevin Escorcia, LHRP
95. Luis Rodriguez, RHSP
96. Ian Dawkins, LF
97. Victor Diaz, RHRP
98. Travis Moniot, LF
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Brian Clark, LHRP