Alejandro José Machado brings ELEV|8 years of hands-on experience as a pro-ball player. Alejandro was born April 26, 1982, in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his career as an infielder with the Atlanta Braves. He was a switch-hitter and throws right-handed.
In 2004 Machado hit a combined .306 with 30 stolen bases in a career-high 139 games with the Expos’ Single-A Brevard and Double-A Harrisburg clubs. He posted a .399 on-base percentage between the two stops, and tied for the organization lead with his 30 steals, while ranking fourth in batting. Machado also hit five home runs with 45 RBI’s and 63 walks.
Claimed by the Boston Red Sox in Rule V from the Washington Nationals, Machado spent his first season at the Triple-A level with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2005. He was honored with the PawSox Rookie-of-the-Year Award that year. He was among Pawtucket’s most consistent players all season, and finished 10th in the International League with a .300 batting average. He also tied for the club-lead with 21 stolen bases and played tremendous defense at second base, shortstop, and in the outfield.
The Red Sox added Machado to their roster. In ten games he posted a .200 batting average (1-for-5) with one double and four runs.
He was signed by the Washington Nationals to a minor league deal in November 2006. During the 2006 Winter Meetings, Machado was taken by the Minnesota Twins. After spending most of 2007 on the disable list, the Twins assigned Machado to the minor leagues for the 2008 season after a trade was worked out to nullify the Rule V draft restriction.
He attended the Twins’ 2009 major league spring training camp and a minor league training camp.
In January, 2010, Machado was signed to a minor league contract by the New York Mets. He joins our organization as a coach dedicated to providing our students with real experience and solid instruction.