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Arismendy Alcantara to remain with Cubs for now

Jul 10, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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The original plan called for Cubs prospect Arismendy Alcantara to get a cup of coffee in the big leagues for a couple of days while Darwin Barney was away on paternity leave, but his big game against the Reds this afternoon has changed things.

Making his major league debut, Alcantara went 4-for-5 with three RBI and finished a home run shy of the cycle. The 22-year-old struck out in his first major league at-bat, but he hit a sacrifice fly in his next plate appearance and followed that up with a two-run double, two infield singles, and a triple. The Cubs optioned today’s starter, Kyle Hendricks, down the minors after the game, which means that Alcantara will stick around at least through the weekend.

Much has been made about the Cubs’ glut of offensive prospects, but Alcantara has managed to fly under the radar despite putting up some big numbers in the minors. He was batting .307/.353/.537 with 46 extra-base hits (including 10 home runs), 41 RBI, and 10 stolen bases over 89 games with Triple-A Iowa prior to his call-up. It shouldn’t be long before he takes over second base for good.

  1. batternineyousucky - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM


  2. dondada10 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Alcantara, Baez, Addison, Castro. Somethings gotta give.

    • Tony Jewell - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Why? There are three OF positions, third base, SS and second base for the four of them and Bryant to play – should they all make it (it’s safe to say they won’t).

      • dondada10 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Jorge Soler and Albert Almora are gonna be in that outfield soon, too. Plus if you take a shortstop prospect and move him to the outfield you’re losing a lot of value tied into his glove.

      • jerze2387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        @dondada I wouldnt count on Soler as much. hes been in a decent amount of trouble already between fights and team discipline, so no guarantee he gets his head on straight.

        Almora is still a little way away. No guarantee either one of the 2 pans out. Its always a crapshoot with prospects anyway.

        Plus, Alcantata appears to have a bat thatll fit OF profile and he’d be speedy out there, so theres still glove value

    • sc334233 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:36 AM

      Alcantara CF, Baez 3B, Russell SS, Castro 2B.


    • tuberippin - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:29 AM

      C- Castillo
      1B – Rizzo
      2B – Baez
      SS – Russell (plus defensive glove
      3B – Castro
      LF – Bryant
      CF – Almora
      RF – Soler

  3. Rob - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    His MLB debut was yesterday, not today. He went 0-4.

  4. dobe420 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Alcantara CF, Baez 3B, Russell RF, and Castro SS. Even Russell at SS and Castro in the outfield could help with his fielding.

    • dobe420 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Bryant to DH when the unfortunately move to have all of MLB to have DHs.

    • dondada10 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Kris Bryant’s playing third.

    • jerze2387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      more likely this:
      3B- Russell/Olt
      SS- Castro
      RF- Bryant
      LF- Schwarber/Soler/Almora

      Im a white sox fan and hate the cubs, but that team is stacked and solid looking around 2016. they literally have a starting 8 and a whole bench of top level prospects

      • jerze2387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        actually, I forgot to include Mckinney in the OF and Junior Lake as a UTIL guy.

      • sc334233 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:55 AM

        Russell is touted as being the best defensive SS of the bunch, so, if all make it, don’t be surprised to see him there instead of Castro.

        If all make it and none are traded, try this on for size:

        Alcantara CF
        Russell SS
        Rizzo 1B
        Bryant LF/RF
        Baez 3B
        Soler RF/LF
        Castro 2B
        Castillo C (perhaps Schwarber if he can stick at C, though he’s likely a bit further away from MLB)

        further away: Schwarber (OF/1B/C), Almora (OF), McKinney (OF), others…

        I’d be surprised if Junior Lake amounts to much; .220/.249./.384 this season is not encouraging. I expect even less of Mike Olt (.149/.232/.377). Both are strikeout machines.

        I’m a Cubs fan, couldn’t care less about the White Sox, and yes, we agree on this: this team could very well end up being stacked and solid soon (perhaps even showing marked improvement by 2015; almost all in my hypothetical lineup could be in the bigs by sometime next season).

      • jerze2387 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        @sc33 agreed lake won’t amount to much most likely, but a position versatile end of bench defensive guy (like josh Harrison type) doesn’t hurt. And Olt I’ve seen mark Reynolds comparisons, so those 2 types off the bench isn’t bad. Not like they have starting jobs available anyway.

        I just saw Russell at 3b because his bat profiles there a bit better than castros, so from a player value standpoint. Plus nobody knows yet how Castro would react to getting pushed to 3rd after having been in the bigs. Might not wanna rock the boat

        But I’d like to see Schwarber stick at catcher too. Would lengthen the lineup and open an OF spot for one of the other guys

        No matter how it shakes out though they have basically an entire roster of young blue chip prospects which is something quite interesting

  5. jerze2387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    After seeing the game on TV today (it was either that or burn notice reruns..), and seeing Alcantara play and knowing how barney plays, i was thinking theres no way they can send this kid back down.

  6. gonderfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Darwin “Pipp” Barney.

  7. kennyadler1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    jerze you are right….he is up to stay

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