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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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LoyalRoyal

Great write up and thanks for heads up last season on AA (he needs a short nickname lol) as I picked him up for a buck in a 3 year deep keeper league. On that note, curious who was the only other player who met the quad double digit criteria? Thanks in advance and keep up the great coverage. Cheers!

Jul 09, 2014 12:07 PM
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BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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Mike Yazrzemski #YazBlood

Jul 09, 2014 18:29 PM
 
oldbopper

The TIVO will be watching Arismendy Alcantara. Ever since last years futures game I have waited for his arrival. He immediately starts at 2nd on the All-Time All Name team.

Jul 09, 2014 12:16 PM
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BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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Oh he's got a solid name. Rolls off the tongue.

Jul 09, 2014 18:30 PM
 
oldbopper

While I am at it, another shout out to you guys at BP. Every day there is something that the real fan can get his teeth into, even if they are false. I am already eagerly looking forward to tomorrow's The Call Up to see a write up on Christian Vasquez after the Red Sox, finally and thankfully, sent Pierzynski to the DFA list.

Jul 09, 2014 12:24 PM
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jfranco77

Arrrrrrrrrrrismendy Alcantarrrrrrrrrrrrrra needs to play for the Pirates.

Jul 09, 2014 12:42 PM
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trueblue33

I'm one of his biggest fans...been trying to read up on him as much as possible. I was a little bummed out recently though when I attended an AA meeting and they said absolutely NOTHING about him. Excellent write up!

Jul 09, 2014 14:45 PM
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gerrybraun

If Alcantara's promotion is the first glimmer of the great Cub renaissance, the Cincinnati broadcast team was completely oblivious. They did not mention him throughout his first at bat (or even note that there was a batter at the plate) until after he popped up. Meanwhile, the chyron they put on the screen was for Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

Jul 09, 2014 16:54 PM
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gerrybraun

They recovered well, however.

Jul 09, 2014 17:09 PM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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Better career: Alcantara or Miguel Olivo?

Jul 09, 2014 18:55 PM
 
BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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>:^(

Jul 09, 2014 19:24 PM
 
asstarr1

I think you've bitten off a little more than you can chew with that comp.

Jul 10, 2014 08:05 AM
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jrbdmb

So no longer looking like a small cup of coffee after all.

Jul 20, 2014 07:38 AM
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