Posted by: portersprospectreport | September 10, 2008

Recent MLB Callup #3—Alcides Escobar

Now has the bat to go with the glove

Alcides Escobar

Escobar entered the 2008 season as a slick fielding SS with no pop ( 7 career HR in 1,595 minor league AB) and little plate discipline. Regardless, he was rated by Baseball Maerica as the #3 ranked prospect in the deep Milwaukee Brewers farm system.  Escobar did much to earn that nod this season, hitting .328 with 8 HR 76 RBI 34 SB and 95 runs scored.  Additionally, he showed improved plate discipline garnering a career high 31 walks vs. 82 K’s. 

So far, like Mat Gamel and Angel Salome, Escobar has not gotten much playing time as the Brewers are working to chase down the Cubs for the N.L. Central division while fending off the Phillies and Cardinals in the Wild Card chase.  Escobar will likely get some pinch running opportunities and may be used as late inning defensive replacements.  Also like his Hunstville counterparts, Escobar is headed to Arizona to play fall ball and will compete for a roster spot in spring training next year.  J.J. Hardy seems to be firmly entrenched as the shortstop, but Rickie Weeks’ status as the second baseman, especially in light of the mid-season Ray Durham signing, is tenuous at best.  If  Escobar is able to perform well in Arizona, the Brewers may full well find a way to package Weeks up in an offseason deal.  Regardless, Escobar will be in the Brewers lineup full time at some point in 2009.



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