Thursday, January 25, 2007

With John Lackey coming off of back to back outstanding seasons, Ervin Santana winning 28 games in less than two years of Major League service, and Jered Weaver dominating the American League in just more than half a season, fans tend to forget about the Venezuelan Right-hander, under contract for the next three years.

Kelvim Escobar has as good of right-handed stuff as anyone in the Major Leagues, and may be ready to showcase it in 2007. With the talent the Angels possess on the starting staff, any one of these guys is capable of winning 20 games and competing for a Cy Young award. Why not Kelvim? He’s in his prime, entering his 4th year with the Angels, and is reportedly 100 percent healthy. He’ll likely be Mike Scioscia’s number 3 or 4 starter and no longer is pitching for a contract.

Escobar has been a tough luck pitcher for the Angels, posting solid ERAs in each of his three seasons, while getting little run support. If the Angels can produce for him this season, Escobar may finally make his mark as an elite starting pitcher.

Don't forget about Kevlim! Angel opponents won't.

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