Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Alejandro Machado Report

Alejandro Machado, IF, Boston Red Sox
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1998, Venezuela
Bats B/Throws R
22 YO, 6'0", 175 lbs

Machado is a future utility infielder with an interesting skill set. He's a waterbug who has good plate discipline and makes very good contact, but he has no power whatsoever. He's a capable glove at second or short with good instincts, a decent arm, and a lot of speed and quickness.

2004 Brevard County: .355/.424/.446, 10 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 22 BB, 27 K, 11 SB, 6 CS, 186 AB
2004 Harrisburg: .280/.353/.363, 5 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 41 BB, 39 K, 19 SB, 9 CS, 346 AB
mL Career: .291/.370/.353, 69 2B, 18 3B, 9 HR, 256 BB, 301 K, 154 SB, 46 CS, 2156 AB

I'll be watching closely to see if he gets the bat knocked out of his hands in the International League this season. Guys with good plate discipline, good contact, but no power sometimes stop hitting when more advanced pitchers just dare them to hit the ball.

Machado's back story is interesting in how busy it's been the last few years. He's been a part of four trades already. After being signed by the Braves, he was part of the Rey Sanchez deadline deal in 2001, sending him to KC. Then he was part of the Wes Obermueler/Curt Leskanic deal that sent him to Milwaukee in 2003. Then last year he was sent to Washington. Then in February, he was acquired by the Red Sox in exchange for cash or a PTBNL. I'm personally surprised that the Expos would throw around middle infield talent that freely, especially when Christian Guzman's health record is so spotty (not to mention his performance record, but let's leave that debate for another time and another place).

ETA: Early 2006
3 1/2 Stars

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