Chad Daniel Alexander
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
Chad Alexander spent seven seasons in AAA but did not make it to the majors.
Alexander was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1992 amateur draft, the 43rd overall pick, between Brian Sackinsky and Jon Lieber. He was the second outfielder named Chad drafted by the Reds that year, following first-rounder Chad Mottola. He did not sign and went on to college. He hit .306 for Texas A&M in 1994. In 1995, he improved to .387 with 17 homers, 16 steals, 79 runs and 76 RBI, one home run shy of the Southwest Conference lead. He made the All-Conference outfield alongside Chad Allen, Jose Cruz Jr. and Shea Morenz. He tied for 13th in NCAA Division I in runs and tied Shane Monahan, Jacque Jones and Jason Adams for third in hits (106), behind only Mark Kotsay and Clint Bryant. Baseball America named him third-team All-American The Houston Astros took him in the third round of the 1995 amateur draft, 81st overall.
Alexander spent the summer of 1995 primarily with the Auburn Astros (.291/.359/.435, 45 R in 71 G), also going 2 for 7 for the Quad Cities River Bandits. Spending all of 1996 with the River Bandits, he hit .264/.350/.430 with 13 home runs as a solid producer. In '97, he fielded .992 and had 8 outfield assists for the Kissimmee Cobras while producing at a .271/.352/.388 clip with 31 doubles. He was 7th in the Florida State League in two-baggers and .002 shy of the lead in outfield fielding percentage.
Alexander batted .286/.394/.469 with 71 walks, 33 doubles, 13 home runs, 77 runs and 18 assists for the Jackson Generals in 1998 (and went 2 for 5 for the New Orleans Zephyrs). He was 4th in the Astros chain in both doubles and walks and tied Daryle Ward for 6th in runs. In the Texas League, he tied for 9th in doubles, was two assists shy of outfield leader Jason Conti and was 7th in walks. He split 1999 between Jackson (.309/.378/.498 in 84 G) and New Orleans (.240/.279/.354), with 32 doubles overall, fourth-most in the Houston system again.
Mariners, Tigers, Cubs and indies
The Seattle Mariners took Alexander in the 1999 Rule V Draft. He was just 9 for 52 with 3 doubles for the 1999-2000 Leones del Caracas. In the summer of 2000, he had his first full season at AAA, batting .270/.329/.423 for the Tacoma Rainiers. He also pitched 1 1/3 innings, walking four and allowing a run. With the 2000-2001 Tigres de Aragua, he hit .247/?/.443 with 5 HR in 97 AB. He had more homers in fewer at-bats than teammate Miguel Cabrera. Back with Tacoma for 2001, the Virginian's batting line read .290/.355/.455 as their starter in right; he had 45 doubles, 14 home runs and 77 RBI. He led the 2001 Pacific Coast League in two-baggers, one ahead of Mike Gulan. He also led Mariner farmhands in that department and tied Stephen Smitherman for third in the minors, trailing only Lyle Overbay and John Gall.
In 2002, he moved to the Detroit Tigers chain and batted .276/.316/.435 for the Toledo Mud Hens. He split right field with Chris Wakeland, backed up Craig Monroe in left field and backed up Andres Torres in center. The next year, he was only one for 13 with two walks for the Iowa Cubs. He ended his career in 2004, appearing for the Mud Hens (.256/.324/.399 in 60 G) and Atlantic City Surf (.318/.362/.435 in 25 G).