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Finally, the moment we have all been anticipating for months. The call up of arguably the Chicago Cubs’ most underrated prospect, Arismendy Alcantara, the 5 tool beast the Cubs have been watching closely since his breakout year at AA Tennessee in 2013. In 133 games, he put up a line of .271 average, 15 HR’s, 69 RBI’s, 36 doubles, 4 triples, and 31 SB’s. Enough to turn heads, but I don’t think many imagined he would have an even better year this season.
In 89 games in 2014, he has put together a .307 average, 10 HR’s, 41 RBI’s, 25 doubles, 11 triples, and 21 SB’s. To have 7 more triples in 2014, in 44 less games goes to show just how improved Alcantara is in 2014. Alcantara credits his extra base hits to the bigger ballparks he has seen in AAA. He has “found the gaps” much better this year according to him. Luckily for him, the parks are only going to get bigger in the major leagues. Alcantara is the only player in minor league baseball with 10 HR’s, 10 triples, 20 SB’s and 20 doubles.
That is a true definition of a 5 tool player. While he only is expected to remain on the big league club for the two days that Darwin Barney is on paternity leave, I expect him to make the most of this opportunity and impress the Cubs front office, fans, and fellow players. He will start at 2nd base tonight and hit 2nd. He has also played 10 games in CF this season for Iowa, mostly all coming in the last few weeks.
With Javier Baez likely moving to second base, it’s hard to imagine the Cubs not using Alcantara as a center fielder next season. His speed, instincts, and arm are perfect for a center fielder. He reminds me in some ways of Billy Hamilton in center field. His speed allows him to catch the baseball even if he makes mistakes or misjudgments. The Cubs have heavily lacked in the SB category this season. With only 39 SB’s as a team, Alcantara’s speed could be a huge weapon for the Cubs. For comparison, Hamilton has 37 individually.
When you can get in scoring position that makes a huge mark on your teams ability to drive in runs and ultimately win ballgames. Will Alcantara return in 2014? I think it definitely happens, but also depends on if the Cubs makes any trades or if they decide to demote the struggling Junior Lake or Mike Olt. Enjoy these next 2 games Cubs fans, as we see our first glimpse of the future stockpile of bats the Cubs have been stacking up for the 2015 and on.
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