There's not much to talk about in Brewer Land until the end of the postseason, so 'tis the season for player grades. When I did these last year, it ended up being so long that I broke it up into three parts -- D's and F's, B's and C's, and A's. I'll do the same thing this year, starting with those that are bringing up the rear. For the sake of comparison, last year's stinkers can be found in the October 2009 archives.
Alcides Escobar (D+): We knew there would be growing pains, but I think even the most pessimistic among us expected more out of Escobar offensively. Compared to last season in AAA, his walk rate actually stayed the same and he cut down his strikeouts, but the big difference was the .264 BABIP this year, as opposed to the .343 BABIP he had in Nashville. There were also some growing pains defensively, but by the end of the year he started to consistently make the plays that led to his reputation as a very good defender.