Kris Bryant is tearing up the minor leagues. Manny Ramirez is back in baseball. Those are the headliners for the Iowa Cubs. Arismendy Alcantara, however, is the one stealing the show.
The infielder/outfielder is on fire. He had a terrific June. His average now stands at .305 and he has 10 homers and 10 triples after a finishing off June being named the Pacific Coast Player of the Week. He may also be named Player of the Month after finishing June on a nine game hitting streak, and hitting in 13 out of 14 games and 17 out of 19 games.
Alcantara is showing signs of a player who really wants a promotion.
Well, the major league team has noticed.
“He’s certainly making himself noticed,” Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod said Monday before the Cubs played the Red Sox. “He’s making the front office and the major league coaching staff take notice of what he’s doing. Guys are talking about him.”
McCleod himself has been getting noticed. He recently turned down a chance to interview for the General Manager’s job in San Diego in part because of the young Cubs prospects like Alcantara.
The trade deadline is almost upon us, and some position players may be on the move. This could open up a spot for Alcantara.
Alcantara started his career as a second baseman/shortstop, but with Starlin Castro already at short and Javy Baez the heir apparent at second, he has been playing the outfield.
“He’s hitting for power and driving the ball from both sides of the plate,” McLeod said. “It’s just been a lot of fun to see. He’s getting closer.”
Alcantara could be the first of the expected wave of top prospects to finally come up and show what they can do. The future is almost upon us, Cubs fans, and it could look good.