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Gregory James D'Alexander
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- School University of Arkansas
Greg D'Alexander was an All-American infielder who played six seasons in the minors.
D'Alexander led Arkansas with 66 RBI as a junior, leading the team to the 1989 College World Series. The Baltimore Orioles took him in the 31st round of the 1989 amateur draft but did not sign him. As a senior, he was again All-Southwest Conference with a team-high 14 HR and 65 RBI. He was second in the SWC with a .387 average. He was among Arkansas's career leaders in hits (243, 6th), RBI (184, 3rd), total bases (416, 3rd) and home runs (35, 4th). The independent Miami Miracle took him in the 7th round of the 1990 amateur draft, between Creighton Gubanich and Ed Giovanola. He was Miami's 4th selection; two of the ones ahead of him (Mike Lansing and Paul Carey) would make the majors. Greg was picked as the All-American third baseman by both Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association; SS Tim Costo and 1B Don Barbara were also consensus picks on the infield.
Greg was unimpressive with Miami in 1990, fielding .894 at third and hitting .218/.284/.255. He fielded .924 the next year while improving his batting line to .241/.320/.355. After a year off, he got a chance when the independent leagues formed. With the 1993 St. Paul Saints, he hit .268/.331/.346. He played mostly shortstop due to the presence of Kevin Millar at 3B. He fielded .969 at SS for the 1994 Saints, while producing at a .319/.369/.470 clip with 25 doubles and 57 runs in 72 games. He was 7th in the Northern League in average (between Frank Valdez and Warren Sawkiw), 3rd in runs (behind Vince Castaldo and Lance Robbins), 6th with 92 hits, second to Mike Burton in doubles and 9th in slugging (between Darrin Glenn and Pedro Guerrero). He failed to win All-Star honors at SS as Mike Hankins was picked instead.
D’Alexander had lesser though still productive offensive numbers for St. Paul in 1995 (.291/.350/.419) while fielding .962 at short. This time, he made the league All-Star team at shortstop. In 1996, his fielding percentage dropped to .936 at SS while he hit .290/.348/.431. That was his last season. Overall, he had batted .272/.335/.384 with 212 runs and 204 RBI in 452 games as a pro, fielding .953 in 244 games at SS and .907 in 191 at 3B. He even caught 10 games and pitched a third of an inning (1 H).