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Arismendy Alcántara (/ˌɑːrɛsˈmɛndi ɑːlˈkɑːntərə/; born October 29, 1991) is a Dominican professional baseball center fielder and second baseman in the New York Mets organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and Cincinnati Reds.

Arismendy Alcántara
Arismendy Alcantara Reds May 2017.jpg
Alcántara (left) with the Reds in 2017
New York Mets
Center fielder / Second baseman
Born: (1991-10-29) October 29, 1991 (age 27)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 9, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.189
Home runs11
Runs batted in39
Teams

CareerEdit

Chicago CubsEdit

Alcántara signed as an international free agent with the Chicago Cubs in 2008 as a shortstop. He made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League that summer.[1][2] He played for the Peoria Chiefs of the Class A Midwest League in 2011,[3] and the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in 2012. He was limited in the 2012 season by a broken foot.[4]

In 2013, Alcántara played for the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League. When the Cubs promoted fellow shortstop Javier Baez to Tennessee at midseason, they moved Alcántara to second base.[1] Alcántara was selected to represent the Cubs at the 2013 All-Star Futures Game where he hit a home run.[4] He also appeared in the Southern League All-Star Game.[5][6] After the season, the Cubs added Alcántara to their 40-man roster.[7]

Alcántara began the 2014 season with the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). The Cubs promoted him to the majors on July 9 to replace Darwin Barney, who was placed on the paternity list.[8] Following a four-hit game on July 10, the Cubs informed him they would extend his time with the major league team through at least the All-Star break.[9] Alcántara appeared in 70 games and finished 2014 with a .205 batting average, 10 home runs, and 29 RBIs.

Alcántara spent the majority of the 2015 campaign back with Iowa, slashing .231/.285/.399 in 499 AAA plate appearances. In 11 games with the big league club, he batted .077 (2-for-26).[10]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

Alcántara began the 2016 season with Iowa, but was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Chris Coghlan on June 9.[11] He was assigned to the Nashville Sounds of the PCL, and recalled by Oakland ten games later.[12]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On October 6, 2016, Alcántara was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.[13] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Mexican League (2018)Edit

On April 8, 2018, Alcántara signed with the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican Baseball League.[14] On May 4, 2018, Alcántara was traded to the Guerreros de Oaxaca of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on August 14, 2018. On August 14, 2018, Alcántara signed with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican Baseball League.

New York MetsEdit

On January 3, 2019, Alcántara signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rogers, Phil (July 14, 2013). "Get to know this name: Arismendy Alcantara - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bernie Pleskoff: Cubs prospect Arismendy Alcantara has good skills and has impressed in the Minor Leagues | cubs.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  3. ^ John Arguello (April 25, 2013). "Cubs next homegrown impact starter may be Arismendy Alcantara | Cubs Den". Chicagonow.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Jorge Soler, Arismendy Alcantara on World roster for Futures Game | cubs.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Curtright, Guy. "SL notes: Alcantara continues to rise | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tennessee Smokies second baseman Arismendy Alcántara shows off his All-Star talent » Knoxville News Sentinel". Knoxnews.com. November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "Cubs add Arismendy Alcantara, Dallas Beeler to 40-man roster | cubs.com: News". Chicago.cubs.mlb.com. November 20, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Cubs call up prospect Arismendy Alcantara for MLB debut | HardballTalk". Hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Arismendy Alcantara earns more time in majors - Chicago Sun-Times". Suntimes.com. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Arismendy Alcantara Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  11. ^ "Cubs Acquire Chris Coghlan From A's In Exchange For Arismendy Alcantara". June 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Arismendy Alcantara Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  13. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 6, 2016). "Reds Claim Arismendy Alcantara, Designate Patrick Kivlehan". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "El Grandes Ligas Dominicano, Arismendy Alcántara llega a los Diablos" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 7, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "Mets Farm Report on Twitter".

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