Alex Escobar
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Alex Escobar
Alex Escobar
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 361 of 1043 players
Alexander Jose Escobar
Born: September 6, 1978 at Valencia, Venezuela
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 180


First Mets game: May 8, 2001
Last Mets game: October 7, 2001

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Happy Recap
May 9, 2001
I'm typing this the morning after Alex Escobar's big league debut. (He went 1 for 4 with an RBI in Denver last night.) This morning the headline on the back pages of both the Daily News and the N.Y. Post was "ALEX THE GREAT." I hope that he's able to block out the hype, and that the Mets are able to deflect some of the pressure created by this young player's high expectations. I'd hate to see Escobar turn into another Gregg Jefferies.

Also, given the way Steve Phillips likes to deal young players, I'm reluctant to get too excited about this guy. He was reportedly a part of last summer's aborted Barry Larkin deal (which Larkin thankfully vetoed) and I'm afraid there's a good chance that if Escobar does attain superstardom, he might do it in another team's uniform.

May 9, 2001
I know it was only his first game, and he was facing one of the better right handers in the league in Astacio, but I have to say Escobar looked totally overmatched last night. I'm hoping it was a case of nerves or great pitching, but Escobar couldn't lay any wood on Astacio's splitter.

On the bright side, he does look like a good defensive outfielder and he has a serious gun for an arm.

Overall, he will be back in the minors by the end of the week unless he goes on a tear.

Mr. Sparkle
May 17, 2001
They never should have brought him up. He's only 22. Let him earn his stripes in AAA before he comes back. He's young and has time. Then again he may never pan out to be more than an Alex Ochoa type player. It wouldn't be the first time the Mets overhyped a prospect. Hopefully he's the real deal but I can wait until next year to see.

May 31, 2001
mr sparkle, I agreed with your comment when you wrote it, but, you know what?? I think they should bring escobar back up and let him play every day again until payton comes back. this team isnt going anywhere, so I dont think there'd be quite as much pressure, and id like to see what he can do. I heard on the telecast tonight that john gibbons, who manages at norfolk, said that escobar reminds him a lot of preston wilson, who he also managed. hopefully he's more preston wilson than alex ochoa.

Mr. Sparkle
August 16, 2001
Alex had a great year in lower class A in 1998 while batting over .300 with 27 homers and 91 RBIs in a little over 400 ABs. He was hurt all of 99. He had a .288 year in 2000 with 16 homers and 60 or so RBIs in AA. Now he's struggling big time in Norfolk. It's too bad we didn't trade this guy and Rusch for Sheffield since he may never really be an impact major leaguer.

October 6, 2001
On Friday, October 5th 2001, Alex Escobar hit 2 home runs and 4 RBI in an 8-6 Mets loss. He showed he has talent and opposite field power. Let's hope he can shake off his bad 2001 AAA season, because he has a lot of talent

October 13, 2001
After watching a limited number of at bats this season, it looks like Alex needs to work on shortening up that swing. It's way too long and slow. I'm very disappointed by his bat speed. His hardest hit balls have been to the opposite field in part because he has a lot of trouble turning on fastballs. In fact, inside fastballs killed him. He couldn't touch them.

He needs a lot of work. I don't think he'll be ready to play every day in the Mets outfield next season (if he isn't traded this offseason, of course).

October 29, 2001
I attended the last Mets game of the 2001 season. Escobar started in right field. One of the Expos sends a fly ball to right field. Escobar takes a couple of steps toward the foul line, stops, and watches as the ball falls in foul territory(not in the stands). A very catchable ball. Escobar has a chance to display some hustle for his manager and make the catch. Not this day.If Alex wants a job in the Mets outfield in 2002 he certainly did not show it on that play. By the way , a guy sitting near me brought a sign he had made in honor of Alex and the guy had been cheering non-stop for Alex for several innings. After I commented to my buddy on Alex's lack of hustle the guy became very quiet for the remainder of the game. I would love to see the Mets build the team by bringing up home grown talent instead of trading. I hope Alex gets it together.

Kerby Valladares
November 6, 2001
I think this kid got talent, but like every other rookie I think he needs to mature a little. I saw one game he played in and threw the ball from the outfield to homeplate with such velocity, but way up that Piazza couldn't make an Air Jordan catch on it. He needs to hustle too. I saw that foul ball too.

December 11, 2001
Goodbye Alex. You didn't make an impact on the Mets, but maybe you will do something for the Indians. But getting a Hall of Fame 2nd baseman for you and Lawton and Riggan and the two PTBN is a no-brainer.

Won Doney
December 11, 2001
I thought he had a bright future for the Mets. Even though they got Roberto Alomar, the Mets always seem to trade away the big prospects.

Mr. Sparkle
December 16, 2001
If Alomar does well does it really matter what Escobar tunrs out to be? It's like wishing you had Preston Wilson back instead of Piazza. I'd make that trade 100 times over. Escobar is young but only really had one good year in the minors. I think he's more like Alex Ochoa than Preston Wilson. The Mets have traded away a lot of prospects but how many of them have really panned out???

Mr. Sparkle
August 29, 2003
Recently called up to Cleveland after hitting .251 with 24 homers and 78 RBIs in AAA. He has 133 strikes out though in 439 ABs. So, he may turn out to be a good player after all if he can cut down on the strikeouts. At 24, he's young enough to make it into a quality major leaguer. I had my doubts after his brief stay in NY but I hope it works out for him. Considering the lack of quality coming out of the Mets system prior to this season, it would be nice to see a Met prospect develop into something, even if he's not a Met.

Ken Morrison
November 15, 2003
Drafted him onto my computer (APBA) baseball team as a prospect-the next day he tore up his knee. Came back this year, began weak at AAA but came on enough to make the "Futures" game, then enough for a September look-see. Began weak there, too, but all of a sudden, playing every day, the guy started to hit! Maybe a Mets' scout will finally be vidicated (and an Indians' one, too!)

October 18, 2004
The Indians gave up on Escobar a couple of months ago, and he was claimed by the White Sox. Whether he was overhyped or a victim of injuries, it appears his career will never get off the ground.

Jonathan Stern
February 17, 2008
I remember his name being thrown around for several seasons as a big-time prospect. I also remember the same thing done to Alan Zinter and Butch Huskey about a decade earlier. Sadly, Butch had the most distinguished career of the three.

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