April 2, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #19 Alcides Escobar

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #19 | Alcides Escobar | Brewers

Position | Shortstop

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| December 16, 1986 (La Sabana, Venezuela)

| Not Available

| 6'1''

| 175 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

The Milwaukee Brewers signed Alcides Escobar as a non-drafted free agent on July 9th in 2003 out of Venezuela. Since beginning professional baseball at the young age of 17, Escobar has hit .292/.329/.370 and has shown great speed and outstanding defense. Escobar doesn't have a ton of power in his bat, but if he can bulk up a little bit he could be good for 10+ home runs per year. He's most valuable defensively though and could be a Gold Glove candidate at shortstop for the Brewers. Of course J.J. Hardy is currently there, but the long-term plans are for Hardy to move to third base while Escobar takes over at shortstop within the next year or so. He had an outstanding 2008 season in Double-A and if he can duplicate those numbers in Triple-A, he could be in the top 5 next year, that is if the Brewers don't call him up, eliminating his "prospect status."

2008 Statistics
Level    G    PA    AVG    OBP    SLG   XBH    HR   SB
AA     131   597   .328   .363   .434    37     8   34
MLB 9 4 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0

2009 Outlook

Escobar won't start the season in Milwaukee but will most likely end the season in Milwaukee. Until then, he'll start the year in Triple-A with the Nashville Sounds.


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