Through September 24, 2000
& Scouting Report
Third Base, Shortstop, Second Base, Designated Hitter
March 20, 1971, San Pedro de Macoris ,
Not drafted by an MLB team.
Signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent to a minor-league contract on Feb. 3, 1988.
From Manny Alexander's perspective, the 1999 season was an absolute disaster. When the trade of Jose Hernandez left the Cubs' shortstop job wide open, Alexander--for whom Cal Ripken was once moved to third base--wasn't given even a cursory look. He made more than half of his appearances as a pinch-hitter and did little else beyond providing infield depth.
Hitting, Baserunning & Defense
Alexander is a notoriously impatient hitter who has trouble making contact and constantly falls behind in the count. He simply lacks the ability to recognize a bad pitch and let it pass. For some reason, he's done quite well as a pinch-hitter during each of the last two seasons. Alexander is quick on the bases and almost never gets caught when he tries to steal. He has good range and a very strong arm, and has filled in capably at second, third and short.
Alexander has become a bit player rather than a regular-in-waiting. He was traded to the Red Sox for Damon Buford, who will start in center field for the Cubs.
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