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- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 180 lb.
 Biographical Information
Raul Alcantara is a pitcher who made his debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2016.
Alcantara was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2010. The scout was Manny Nanita. He began his career that season for the DSL Red Sox, going 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 13 starts. He moved stateside in 2011, starting with the GCL Red Sox and finishing for the Lowell Spinners. He was 1-1, 0.75 in 9 starts in the Gulf Coast League, and 0-3, 6.23 in 4 starts in the New York-Penn League. In 65 1/3 innings between the two clubs, he struck out 50 batters and walked 12. Baseball America rated him as the #6 prospect in the GCL, third among pitchers after Luis Heredia and Brenny Paulino. In spite of his limited track record, the A's asked to have Raul included in the December 29th trade by which they sent P Andrew Bailey and OF Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox; the A's also obtained OF Josh Reddick and IF Miles Head in the deal.
Alcantara made his major league debut with the A's on September 5, 2016, but it turned out to be a tough outing. Facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, he hit three batters and walked another one in the 1st inning, then surrendered a home run in the 2nd and was done by the end of the 3rd as he was saddled with the A's 10-7 loss.