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Alex Ochoa
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Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1991, Alex Ochoa was expected to be a future star in the mid-1990s after ranking as high as #35 on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list, but instead he ended up making his living as a solid 4th outfielder with a decent bat and speed.

Traded to to the New York Mets in 1995 as part of a deal which sent Bobby Bonilla to Baltimore, Ochoa would split time between six major league teams in his eight-year career.

Ochoa's greatest success came with the Cincinnati Reds in 2000. He batted .316 with 13 home runs and 58 RBIs in 118 games and quickly became a fan favorite. Ultimately he was doomed in Cincinnati by the Reds' perennial depth in the outfield positions and he was traded during the 2001 season to the Colorado Rockies for second baseman Todd Walker.

Ochoa never again enjoyed the kind of success he had in his brief stint in Cincinnati and was out of the league after spending the 2002 season with the Anaheim Angels, where he won a World Series Championship.

He then played with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League where he enjoyed moderate success. Chunichi let him go after the 2006 season as he was not performing well enough for someone earning $2 million.

Signed by the Boston Red Sox, Ochoa was released in May of 2007 without playing in the big leagues. A month later, he returned to Japan with the Hiroshima Carp.

Ochoa was a Major League Coaching Staff Assistant to the Red Sox in 2009 and a special assistant for baseball operations in 2010. Ochoa was then a coach for the Salem Red Sox in 2011 and in 2012 was named the Sox's first base coach under new manager Bobby Valentine.

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