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July 9, 2014

The Call-Up

Arismendy Alcantara

by Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein


The Situation: Late Tuesday night the Cubs announced that second baseman Darwin Barney will be placed on paternity leave for two days, creating an opening at the major league level. With Emilio Bonifacio still on the disabled list the Cubs are giving Arismendy Alcantara (No. 18 prospect in the Baseball Prospectus midseason update) a two-day taste of major-league action as they’ve called him up from Triple-A Iowa to temporarily take Darwin Barney’s place.

Background: The switch-hitting Arismendy signed as an international free agent in 2008 as a shortstop. He made his Dominican League debut that summer and has been climbing the Cubs’ ranks ever since. He moved over to second base during the 2013 season after starting the year with Double-A Tennessee. The Cubs promoted Javier Baez to Double-A to join Alcantara, prompting the latter to make a position switch. The Cubs have been expanding his defensive capabilities since then as he’s transitioned to playing some center field in Iowa.

The Scouting: Alcantara’s loudest tools are his hit, run, and glove but he has a broad-based skill set and can do a little bit of everything. The bat has some surprising pop considering his size. He has strong wrists and a quick bat. At the major-league level the power will be more gap based but he’ll hit a few out.

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