Left-handed starting pitcher Edwin Escobar will be the Giants' only representative at the Futures Game this year, pitching for the World team at Target Field during the All-Star Break. This is the fourth year in a row the Giants have sent only one representative to the Futures Game, with Kyle Crick the only Giants minor leaguer last year.
Escobar is one of the only starting pitching prospects with a chance to pitch for the Giants this season. He's currently in Fresno, where he's 3-6, with a 5.31 ERA in 15 starts. On the bright side, he's still young (22), and he's still strikeout out more than eight batters for every nine innings he's pitched.
There was wild speculation that Crick would make the team again, but it looks like that missed the mark. While Crick commands recognition, the Giants couldn't control who was on the team. Even though Crick would have had a ball, he will not get a free pass to Minnesota.
A list of Giants participants in the Futures Game since the event started in 1999:
Kyle Crick (2013)
Tommy Joseph (2012)
Gary Brown (2011)
Francisco Peguero, Zack Wheeler (2010)
Madison Bumgarner, Angel Villalona (2009)
Nate Schierholtz, Angel Villalona, Kevin Pucetas (2008)
Henry Sosa, Brian Bocock (2007)
Nick Pereira, Pablo Sandoval (2006)
Marcus Sanders, Merkin Valdez (2005)
Matt Cain, Merkin Valdez (2004)
Merkin Valdez (2003)
Francisco Liriano :( (2002)
Jerome Williams, Cody Ransom (2001)
Kurt Ainsworth (2000)
Giuseppe Chiaramonte, Jason Grilli (1999)
I love that list, and I will continue to write about the Giants' Futures Game reps just because of it. Merkin Valdez: three-time Futures Game participant. That's a franchise record, you know.