ON Top 50 Prospects – #33: Jaime Esquivel

Jaime Esquivel was one of eleven players in the Orioles’ 2010 draft class to receiver over slot bonuses. The Orioles threw $225,000 his way in order to sign him away from his Rice commitment.

At 6′ 2″ and 185 lbs, Esquivel’s projectable and already touches 92 mph with his fastball. His curveball has a nice, tight spin and is a sharp breaker. It’s above-average now but should easily become plus with time and development.

Joe Jordan believes Esquivel looks like a younger Matt Garza and calls the resemblance “scary”. You can see Esquivel in action here.

Delmarva’s rotation looks to be crowded and Esquivel’s likely headed for a spot in what’s going to be a very talented Aberdeen rotation. As a 28th round draft pick, he’s not going to get the attention he deserves and he could really sneak up on people if they don’t keep a close eye on him.

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