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Arismendy Alcantara

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.

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Arismendy Alcantara is an infielder who made his major league debut in 2014.

Alcantara was signed by Chicago Cubs scouts Jose Serra, Marino Encarnacion and Carlos Reyes in November 2008. He made his pro debut with the 2009 DSL Cubs 1, hitting .275/.349/.415 with 8 triples, 20 steals (in 22 tries) and 44 runs in 65 games. He fielded just .874 at shortstop. He tied for 8th in the Dominican Summer League in triples. In 2010, he made his US debut, batting .283/.315/.402 for the Boise Hawks. He made 22 errors as a utility infielder but did tie Rymer Liriano for the Northwest League lead with six triples.

In 2011, Arismendy produced at a .271/.303/.352 clip for the Peoria Chiefs. He fielded .917 at shortstop, .841 at third base and .918 at second base. He made strides with the 2012 Daytona Cubs, hitting .302/.339/.447 with 7 triples and 25 steals while only being caught four times. He fielded just .903 at short, making 30 errors there. He tied for 6th in the Florida State League in triples and tied for 7th in steals. Baseball America named him Chicago's #10 prospect going into 2013. He opened that season with the Tennessee Smokies and was showing increased power (.277/.357/.473, 11 HR) around the halfway point, earning him a spot on the World team for the 2013 Futures Game.

Arismendy had a very hot start for the Cubs after making his major league debut on July 9, 2014: after four games, he was hitting .389. He had gone 7 for 18 with 2 doubles and a triple, scoring 5 times and driving in 3. He had started his first three games at second base, and the fourth in center field, a position he had played for the first time in AAA earlier that year. He had originally been promoted to the majors because starting 2B Darwin Barney had taken paternity leave while Emilio Bonifacio was on the disabled list, but when Bonifacio was ready to return on July 22nd,the Cubs decided to cut Barney instead of sending Arismendy back to the minor leagues.

Sources include 2013 Cubs Media Guide

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