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Cubs call up prospect Arismendy Alcantara for MLB debut

Jul 9, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Second baseman Darwin Barney is on paternity leave and to replace him on the roster the Cubs have called up one of their many top-ranked position player prospects, Arismendy Alcantara, from Triple-A.

Ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect coming into the season, Alcantara has hit .307 with 10 homers, 25 doubles, 11 triples, and 21 steals in 89 games at Triple-A as a 22-year-old. He’s primarily a second baseman and has also played some center field.

Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs have already informed Alcantara his debut will be a very brief one, with a return to Triple-A planned as soon as Barney returns, but he figures to be back in Chicago at some point in the second half. Perhaps to stay.

  1. vanmorrissey - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Here we go Cubbie fans, let’s see what the future holds!

  2. weaselpuppy - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    In a related story, Darwin Barney names his child Pipp.

    • paperlions - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      That would be funny….though, of course, a player wouldn’t have to be Gehrig to take Barney’s job, he could be Ryan Theriot and do it.

  3. delusionalcubsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Welcome to the big leagues Arismendy Alcantara! You’ve earned it and you’ll be the Cubs starting second baseman as soon as Jed can find a team desperate enough for defense that they will take Barney for slightly more than a bucket of balls.

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