Righthander Luis Escobar might have seemed like a surprising choice to be the Pirates' lone representative at the Futures Game.
The Colombian righthander signed in July 2013 and had been inconsistent at low Class A West Virginia in the first half of 2017, his first crack at a full-season league. Furthermore, many other prospects in the system have higher profiles than Escobar, who ranked No. 28 heading into the season.
However, the Pirates had their reasons for wanting Escobar to be on the World team's pitching staff. He responded by working one scoreless inning while allowing one walk.