The occasion for the praise was The Tennessean naming its 1984 All-Metro team. Eskew won Player of year in his class.
"Dan's ball comes in real hard, he has a fluid motion that kind of fools you," Dejuan Buford told The Tennessean of Eskew. "At first, you think all he has is a fastball but he's got a mean slider, too."
Eskew went on from Nashville's McGavock High to play in college and in the pros. His pro career lasted four seasons. He made AAA, but not the bigs.
Eskew's pro career began in 1988, taken by the Athletics in the sixth round of the draft out of the University of Tennessee. He also played at Indian River Community College in Florida.
Eskew finished out his high school career with a state title, throwing a no-hitter along the way.
At Tennessee, Eskew picked up five wins in 1987 in 65.2 innings pitched. He also struck out 62 that year and 48 the next.
With the Athletics, Eskew started at short-season Southern Oregon and single-A Modesto. He went 5-4 between them, with a 3.72 ERA. Eskew then played 1989 back at Modesto, getting 15 starts and turning in a 4.06 ERA.
Eskew made AA Huntsville for 1990 and amassed a record of 14-3, with a 3.34 ERA over 25 starts.
He made AAA Tacoma for seven outings, five starts in 1991, getting six more starts at Huntsville. He went 1-6 on the year, with a 6.34 ERA, ending his career.
- Nashville Tennessean, May 30, 1984: Eskew, Johnson Head List
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