Edgmer Escalona had a career high in both games and innings in an up-and-down 2013 for the righty in the Rockies bullpen.
I'm not sure how they didn't play Aerosmith's "Livin' on the Edge" every time Edgmer Escalona came into a game at Coors Field this year, it was a pretty accurate description of how he pitched, whether it was on the edge of a fight, a walk, a three-run homer or a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts was the question, and, come on, the guy's name is Edgmer.
For the first time in his career, Escalona pitched more innings in the majors than the minors in 2013. In 37 games with the Rockies
, he pitched 46 innings with a 5.67 ERA, 14 walks and 34 strikeouts.
Escalona was mostly good in 2013, giving up no runs in 22 of his 37 appearances, but the inflated ERA came from his tendency to implode. Of the 29 earned runs he gave up this season, 14 came in four appearances in which he compiled a 31.50 ERA in four innings, in his other 33 appearances and 42 innings, he had an ERA of just 3.21.
Escalona was strongest at the start of the season, with a 1.54 ERA over 23 1/3 innings in his first 13 appearances of 2013, but had a 9.93 ERA in his last 24 trips to the mound, losing the faith of Rockies management. One thing he did do well was keeping inherited runners on the bases, only two of the 13 baserunners Escalona inherited came around to score.
The late struggles may have stemmed from elbow inflammation that sent Escalona to the disabled list in June, causing him to miss three-and-a-half weeks. His last appearance with the Rockies in 2013 came on August 18. He was then designated for assignment on August 23 and outrighted to AAA Colorado Springs six days later, finishing out the season with the Sky Sox.
2013 Grade with the Rockies: C
Escalona didn't have a great season in 2013, but was a non-terrible option out of the bullpen in certain situations. He was up-and-down, as many relievers are, but he wasn't a disaster, which is all you ask for a guy on the fringes of the roster. That, and he's a bit...intense. I wouldn't want to be on his bad side.
Escalona is a free agent this offseason, and his performance in 2013 will likely get him a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training in 2014, either with the Rockies or with someone else.