Alexander José Escobar
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
- High School Colegio El Santuario
- Debut May 8, 2001
- Final Game August 25, 2006
- Born September 6, 1978 in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Alex Escobar played four seasons in the majors with three different teams. His last big league action was a robust 33 games with the Washington Nationals in 2006, during which he hit .356 and slugged .575.
Escobar was born in Venezuela and signed as an amateur free agent with the New York Mets in 1995. He played in the Mets' U.S. minor league system from 1996-2001 as an outfielder. He made a splash at age 17 in 1996 in the rookie league, hitting .360. He hit .310 with power in Single A in 1998, and stole 49 bases. It took him until 2001 to get the the Triple A level, and while he hit only .267 with 12 home runs, he got a shot at the majors, appearing in 18 games and hitting .200 at age 22. He was traded after the season to the Cleveland Indians as part of the deal to land Roberto Alomar in Queens.
Alex missed the entire 2002 season after injuring his knee in spring training. In 2003 and 2004 he played in Triple A for the Indians, logging big league time both years. He was mostly in the minors in 2003, hitting .251 with 24 home runs, while in 2004 most of his playing time was in the majors.
In August 2004, the Chicago White Sox claimed him off waivers, and traded him to the Nationals before the 2005 season. He missed the 2005 season due to a foot injury. He played 35 games at the Double A level in 2006 in addition to his 33 major league games and missed the final month of the season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. He never returned to the major leagues.
He played five seasons in the Criollitos Independent League.